Southern Colonial gardens - surfacing around foundation?

lceh(7)October 26, 2011

This is not a restoration project, since it is a (very) new garden, but it is a question about historic landscapes. This spring/summer I built a formal, boxwood-edged garden in our front yard, inspired by the formal gardens in Williamsburg. My plan is to eliminate foundation plantings entirely and have small seating areas on either side of the porch, and perhaps container groupings of terra-cotta pots in the summer. I had planned to put down crushed rock here but everything I read says it's very hard to work with and dust tends to track in the house and wreck the floors. What surface would be more in keeping with a Colonial Virginia-inspired landscape? At the moment the garden paths are bark because that's what the budget would allow (and we have an inexhautible supply after having many trees taken down). Crushed oyster shell is popular in eastern Virginia, but we live far from the coast so that doesn't really make sense here. Bear in mind we are trying to evoke a sense of history, not slavishly reproduce it (which we couldn't do anyway with a 1960s bilevel house).

Here are a few photos of the site. Please ignore the concrete sidewalk and crooked front step, they are being removed this weekend and the step replaced with a wooden box step. And the exterior painting will be done some day!

Front view:

Closer view of areas to either side of porch:

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I suggest you visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home and view the gardens! You will get wonderful ideas there. But, if you can't visit the grounds, you can view them via the internet! Here's a link. Have fun!

Here is a link that might be useful: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Home

    Bookmark   January 21, 2012 at 11:19PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Ideas for re-hab of isolated part of yard
Here's a photo of an isolated part of a friend's yard....
Clay Problem
Hi Everybody Newby and desperate for a solution to...
Ding Yew
My parents have some old yew foundation hedges that...
How can I get rid of this thing???
Since we moved in to this (rental) house 3 years ago,...
Rehabing an old lavarock and plastic sheeting landscaping nightma
I have an old landscaping bed in front of the house...
Sponsored Products
Tulip Watering Can Flower Pot
$22.99 | zulily
Beige Granite Pedestal Birdbath with Bird Accent
Signature Hardware
Black & White Swirl Glass Gazing Ball
$29.99 | zulily
Safavieh Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Safavieh Rugs Courtyard Red/Beige 6 ft. 7 in.
Home Depot
Algreen ErgoGarden Deluxe Elevated Garden Bed Planting System - 32001
$199.99 | Hayneedle
Dura-Trel 7.5-Foot Vinyl Hampton Arch Trellis - 11158
$208.82 | Hayneedle
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™