An informal cottage garden

A Ditmas Park single-family home was an open canvas for an unconventional garden. The grey permastone facade provided the backdrop for an exuberant choice of plant material. Using dusty green with splashes of pink and lavender the empty landscape morphed into a wild informal cottage garden. Bright afternoon sun encouraged rapid growth for the perennial Miscanthus grass, Russian sage, artemesia, fescue and lavender with Verbena bonariensis and Gomphrena fireworks making a strong annual showing. Deep purple morning glory vines covered the railing and sunflowers grew along the driveway towering above a mix of kitchen herbs. In the back we added an Ipe wood deck with built-in seating and arbor creating a much needed lounge and landing for their main entrance. Wire trellises stretch across the back of the arbor where sweet Autumn and Henryi clematis weave a white floral privacy screen with lavender Wisteria vining overhead.