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- A Gustav Stickley house in Wellesley, MA, warranted gardens that are as artisanal as it is. Grass anywhere in the front? So lacking in imagination. Instead, a brick walkway parallels the house; it and its orthogonal mate to the front door quadrant the entire front of the property into garden beds. Groundcovers & perennials spill over the paving; at the left, yellow-root; at the right, a free-for-all of yellow-leaved raspberry & pink-flowered cranesbills.
- The pagoda dogwood is a cold-climate beauty; it grows slowly to, perhaps, twelve feet. Surrounding it is an unaccountably under-used hardy, deer- & snow-proof broadleaved evergreen, Zabel’s cherry laurel.
- Lady’s mantle froths around a young columnar plum yew.
- Striped Japanese iris light up in July. At the back, the bright foliage of a young ‘Frisia’ honeylocust pollard.
- As befitting any garden seen year-round, the show continues in cold weather. Here, sweet box carpets red-twigged Siberian dogwood. Bright evergreen swords at the back center are those of ‘Color Guard’ yucca.
- The marbled foliage of Italian arum keeps is own contrary schedule: arising in the Fall and persisting, regardless of the cold through the Winter until dormancy the following Summer.
- The purple cut-leaved Japanese maple already on the property was repositioned at the intersection of the brick walkways. Its Larry dark foliage is called out by the luminous lemon-yellow ornamental groundcovering raspberry.
- The front walkway and the left-two quadrant beds. Canadian anemone is the starry-flowered groundcover. The shimmering “cakestand” of white foliage front & center is a young variegated pagoda dogwood.