Formal Cottage Garden in Madison

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This landscape underwent a dramatic transformation from an overgrown afterthought to a well-defined beautiful and functional space. The gardens were reclaimed and the garden path was changed from a hidden tangle of vines to a welcoming entry into the backyard.

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    Grand Restoration

    This landscape in Madison, CT underwent a dramatic transformation from a forgotten afterthought to a well-defined functional and beautiful space. The plantings in this landscape are both vertical and horizontal raising the eye, breaking up the perennials with mature trees, and creating movement from one area to the next.

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    Harmonious Blend of Formal and Cottage Styles

    Annabelle Hydrangea softly blends with an ornamental grass and variegated hosta lending a classic cottage style to portions of this Madison, CT landscape. This is a great example of blending casual and formal and making them work together to create just the right feel.

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    Iron Works

    Decorative accent pieces such as this Iron Eiffel Tower were placed strategically in the landscape to help marry both natural and accent pieces. These iron accents add interest in all seasons.

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    A Garden Path

    The large, solid stepping stones give movement and direction to this landscape bed. The path transitions from the grassy, open space deeper into the garden and surrounds you with color, texture and a quiet privacy. Surrounded by gardens the gate opens to the backyard complete with bluestone patio, outdoor kitchen and lovely in ground pool, a perfect entertaining ensemble in this Madison, CT landscape.

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    A Different Kind Of Canopy

    Here the elegance of a weeping cherry and rustic iron sculpture blend seamlessly together inn this landscape due to their collective shapes. Hosta in the foreground and Hydrangea in the back create a soft blend of hues.

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    Elegant Textures

    Cascading flowers combined with Sweet Potato vine add color and texture to these planters. White birch branches add vertical accent and a touch of formality to these entry containers in Madison. The surrounding landscape is enhanced by these entry containers.

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    Cloud-like Blooms

    Annabelle Hydrangea softly blends with an ornamental grass and variegated hosta in this landscape. They lend a classic cottage style to portions of this Madison garden. This is a great example of blending casual and formal and making them work together to create just the right feel.

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    Rich Appeal

    The vibrant hues of hosta combine with the vivid blooms of Astilbe add much character to the garden. The combination of formal boxwoods and soft blooming Hydrangea keep the landscape from being too dramatic.

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Various ornamental pieces were incorporated to give the garden a bit more of a formal feel blending the cottage and formal styles together. The landscaping in this garden is both horizontal and vertical as layers of colorful perennials give way to taller shrub specimens ¬†and ornamental trees that define the garden and give it it’s backbone during the winter. Various textures from grass, mulch, stone and foliage create interest and diversity. Same species plants such as hosta with different variations of variety create harmony while infusing with color. Layers of colorful plant material both in foliage and flower fill the beds while taller specimens help define the space and add directional flow.

A slight element of intrigue is incorporated with the garden gate. The lovely spaces in front and the meandering path leading to the garden gate lead one to wonder what beauty lies just out of eyesight on the other side of the gate.

Here is the property before the renovation:

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Whether you have an existing landscape that you inherited and doesn't match your lifestyle, or one that doesn't quite fit your needs, our training allows us to draw on a plant palette that runs from peonies to potscapes. Let us create a signature outdoor space that reflects who you are and adds memorable refinements to your property. We're passionate about landscapes and gardening, and it shows in everything we do! M&M Garden Designs is dedicated to providing an excellent client experience and extraordinary design, installation services.

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