The side entrance garden design of this New England home required some creative site work to deal with the slope along the building. Instead of planting turf, Paul came up with a more inspired solution, he built a series of terraces using granite blocks. These blocks hold back soil while simultaneously creating pockets for planting. This unique arrangement gives them a naturalistic feel. They seem to be an extension of the gently curving granite steps that lead to the the pool. An interesting side note on granite – it comes in several colors and many patterns. It can be found all over the world, from the U.S. to India to Patagonia. Granite is the most abundant rock found in the continental crusts.
Paul chose a simple palette of greens to accent this side entrance garden design. Low maintenance plants and evergreen shrubs ensure that the space is visually interesting all year long. Besides providing green foliage year round, evergreens can be planted in the fall when the garden demands less time. Look closely and you’ll notice another detail that makes this side entrance unique and memorable. The “face” planter sitting on top of a granite block adds a touch of whimsy to the space.