Seeking design ideas: converting cottage garden to contemporary g
Over the course of the past year our house has undergone a very cool facelift. It once was a sweet, traditional ranch house. Now it is a sleek and contemporary house that suits our tastes very well.
I am keen to rearrange the landscaping adjacent to the house so that it matches the style of the house. The overstuffed, informal, billowy look of a cottage garden will not play with the contemporary cues of the new house.
Here are some 'before' photos.
These photos are in an inset area, named the nook garden.
In the past this area was planted in a theme of mostly white flowers (with a white cat to match, I am very specific about my matching (kidding)). This spot has gone through several iterations and had some good moments and some awkward phases. I definitely like the all-white theme though.
Here are some 'after' photos of the house.
The photos below show the same place that formerly contained the white garden. It needs a new path and new plantings. I am going for tidy rather than overflowing. I'm seeking ideas for both the path and the planting design.
For the area in front of the porch, a few things dictate the design. There used to be a railing on the porch and now there is no railing. Thus plants will want to be low, or if they are tall they need to be tall in a wispy way, like grasses or Siberian iris. No tall shrubs allowed. That said, I think the corner by the rain barrel (left side in these pictures) can have a nice shrub and I have a 'Summerwine' ninebark for that spot.
Note we have another matching cat who appreciates the grey and white trim. :)
I've already put in new stonework at the left side of the porch. This used to be a stepping stone path that was adorable but annoying. I walk this route all the time and I'm really loving the big cut stones for their look and the ease of walking. I've taken most of the plants out and will move or remove those that remain.
This spot faces east and we are in chilly zone 4, although I can squeak zone 5 plants through the winter up close to the house. I'm very interested in ideas or input from the fine folks here. Sorry this is such a long post, but at least there are some cats for added interest!
Thanks for reading!