Monday, June 15, 2009

Yankee-Style Gardens

We're taking a bit of a detour from all things Southern and heading North.  I recently discovered Cottages and Gardens publications- Hamptons, Connecticut, Westchester, and Palm Beach (though the Palm Beach website doesn't seem to exist?)  While I'll always give it up for good Southern antebellum homes, I do have a passion for cedar-shingled homes with bright white trim.  Double points for those homes that feature stone somewhere.

Here are a few that I fell in love with!

What a fabulous trellis/gate to have for this cozy courtyard!  I like that the jacuzzi uses very muted tones too so it sort of blends into the background.  
Westover Landscape Design, featured in This Old House May 2009

Beautiful hydrangea accents...

More hyndrangeas...and I adore the contrast between the grayed cedar shingles and white porch and trim.

The backyard of the house.  Gorgeous and refreshing.

three above images from Harmonia Creative Landscapes

brick path in herringbone pattern

An inviting, cottage-y entryway.  Note the trellis on the house.  And I adore the cute birdhouse.


No words needed.

outdoor room with seating

Perfect pergola and seating area.

three above images from  This Old House Landscaping Galleries

Adore the pops of orange and the great spring green in this outdoor room.  Would love to throw a party here!
Mabley Handler, HC&G Idea House 2005

Hope you enjoyed our journey to the North! Have a fabulous start to the week.



  1. Those hydrangea bushes with the pavilion are so amazing they look faux! Wow. I'm more of a columns and porches sort myself, but weathered shingles have their own special charm - the pillows in the chairs and the hydrangea really bring out the blue undertones in the shingles.

  2. What beautiful, beautiful spaces. I love to look at a great garden, but I definitely do not have a green thumb - it would cost be a fortune to hire the gardeners to maintain such beauty!


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