How A Garden Came To Be.

As most of you know I offer e-design on a regular basis. I love the idea of being able to connect with clients  on the east coast as well as across the country and Europe. It makes for  interesting work ......as well as great friendships.
Elizabeth Avenue Before
Last year I was fortunate to be able to collaborate ................I believe good residential design involves both the designer and the homeowner............with Maria Killam and Terreia Raufman.  Many of you know Maria from her color and design blog "Color Me Happy" . if not, stop by. You will be amazed by what  you will learn from each and every posting. Not only does she go into detail as to the whys and hows of color and design, her upbeat positive nature will inspire you.
And inspired we were. After our initial contact, it was decided that the gardens should have a loose, relaxed, almost country feel to them, with a bit of sophistication thrown in for good measure. Preliminary designs were created.
Rather than work with color,  we agreed on a white garden, this way we would not be competing with the interior colors but rather complimenting them with hints of yellow and green in the design.

With very little coaxing Maria realized certain major changes would have to take place before the design fun could happen. This of course would cut into the budget but sometimes "ya gotta do what ya gotta do"............ and so the backhoes were called in and the sea of concrete ripped out. Plants we were saving were relocated, grades were shot.....a term in the industry for checking the levels for water run off as well as sitting water and erosion .......and a rich top soil installed.
Once the not so pleasant work was over, walks were installed
Patios laid
Plants were planted

and a vegetable garden was born. 
Because the vegetable garden could be seen from the front entry, decorative fencing was installed to soften the view. The same fencing design was then carried to the front of the house as well, creating a transition from the driveway to the front and rear walks.
A good example of plantings being "worth their weight in gold"......This tree not only adds visual interest in the rear yard but from inside the front hall area as well.  If you look closely you will notice the hollies along the fence, They were used as vertical elements along with hiding the view along the studio from the kitchen window and when walking into the rear yard.  When planting, especially major elements  always walk around looking from different angles and views before deciding on the permanent local 

The ranch house itself had very little architectural detail we could work with..........so what I call accessories were added . Bits and pieces of architectural elements some classic some whimsical,  adding not only character but the warmth and charm the house first lacked. 

The landscape now compliments the existing structure, blending almost seamlessly into one impressive picture.
And so a Garden came to  be
All photos courtesy of Maria Killam

If you would like to add a more Classical feel to your garden please contact me for further information at mwhite841@verizon.net


  1. MaryAnne, I love the way you cropped and laid these out!!

    Working with you was amazing!

    If anyone reading this is lucky enough to find MaryAnne, hire her immediately to design your garden, and this is what will happen. You'll find yourself saying "I never would have thought of that, but I love it!", which is what you should say when you find a truly wonderful designer who has your aesthetic. Then all you have to do is follow her detailed instructions, which is exactly what I did!!

    Thanks MaryAnne, I love that the landscaping of my house reflects the inside. It's truly beautiful and I love watching it evolve and grow through the seasons!!
    xo Maria

    1. It will be interesting to see how it evolves over time. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.

  2. I'm inpressed. So nice!! I follow you from this day :) Norway is calling :)

    1. Thank you so very much! This means a great deal to me to have a fan in Norway.

  3. Well, my Jaw has hit the floor. WOW!!! what a change and a beautiful one too.
    Wishing you happy holidays, and some good weather. yvonne

    1. Thank you so very much Yvonne, Stay warm and enjoy the holidays!

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