Not everyone's heart would sing when first setting eyes on the 1954 Connecticut cottage set on two barren acres. But in 1986, the newlywed Wimperises bought it specifically for the property's promise.

Not everyone's heart would sing when first setting eyes on the 1954 Connecticut cottage set on two barren acres. But in the newlywed Wimperises bought it specifically for the property's promise.

Now, in the backyard a lush herb garden runs nearly the length of the house, with 'Newport Blue' boxwood for winter structure, creeping thyme engulfing the stepping stones, eryngium and salvia providing perennial color, plus petunias lending a buzz.

Before and After: A Stunning Garden Makeover

"a lush herb garden runs nearly the length of the house, with 'Newport Blue' boxwood for winter structure, creeping thyme engulfing the stepping stones, eryngium and salvia providing perennial color"

Cottage Landscape

Cottage Landscape

Old House, New Landscape - Old-House Online - Old-House Online

Old House, New Landscape

The gambrel-roofed Skidmore House was “bought for parts,” and the shell became a garage and garden shed. The dooryard garden blossoms with parrot tulips and iris in spring.

An elegant trellis beckons entry to this outdoor retreat. Roses climbing the trellis posts harken back to the use of roses in traditional Italian gardens. Divisions between interior and exterior are kept fluid by using fabric curtains and stone flooring. Design by Morgan Holt

10 Mediterranean-Inspired Outdoor Spaces

Eclectic Outdoors from Morgan Holt on HGTV

stone flowers bird house bench - cute

Pretty pathway and plants

Sometimes A Striking Structure Makes All The Difference. This Courtyard Features An Arbor In The Style Made Famous By Architects Greene & Greene.

Your Backyard Design Style Finder

Backyard Brick Arbor~Sometimes a striking structure makes all the difference. This courtyard by Katrina Leonidov Fairchild features an arbor in the style made famous by notable Arts and Crafts architects Greene & Greene.

Japanese Boxwood Garden - Boxwoods for Every Landscape - Southernliving. The round-tipped, glossy, dark green leaves of Japanese Boxwood (B. microphylla japonica) may take on a bronze cast in cold winters when exposed to southwestern sun. It tolerates heat, humidity, and nematodes, making it the best boxwood for the Coastal South, though it does well throughout the South.

Boxwoods for Every Landscape

Boxwoods have been the backbone of Southern gardens for centuries, and new selections are now offering solutions for every landscape.

Southern Lagniappe: A "Birdhouse Garden"

Birdhouses - sitting high in a cottage garden

Winding walkways of stone slabs connect different zones of this pool house garden design by Dallas-based landscape designer David Hocker. At night, the swimming pool and lighted pool house gleam in azure shades over ribbons of horsetail (Equisetum), sedges, and Nandina shrubs.

Modern garden house by Cunningham Architects. Freestanding addition to modern home. Red Oak and Elm Trees provide shade and were incorporated into the design. Has a rainscreen system, two 8 ft wide sliding doors and a frameless insulated glass facade.

36 Best Plants for a Cottage Garden and Design Ideas

36 Best Plants for a Cottage Garden and Design Ideas

Kevin A. Clark; Brentwood Residence (New Construction); Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

What a beautiful kitchen garden- functional AND beautiful.

Ivy Clad: Growing Boxwood in Containers

Ivy Clad: Growing Boxwood in Containers Designer Suzanne Rheinstein's patio surrounded with potted boxwood topiary.

Beautiful..Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL Residence, traditional landscaping ideas

Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL Residence (A) traditional-landscape-fern is Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)

The homeowner of this Connecticut cottage built a fence close to the pool for intimacy, added evergreens for year-round structure, and varied the garden palette with complementary colors.   - CountryLiving.com

52 Fresh New Landscaping Ideas for Your Yard

Garden Arbor with pool. The homeowner of this Connecticut cottage built a fence close to the pool for intimacy, added evergreens for year-round structure, and varied the garden palette with complementary colors. Nice landscaping around pool.

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