These clients wanted a landscape that had a sense of flow, of unfolding, of mysteries revealed. They love art and were open to ideas beyond the traditional themes, and so the swirls and circles of artist Sonia Delaunay, became the inspiration for this gorgeous coastal property in Cohasset, MA.
The painting Composition with Discs, by Sonia Delaunay became the inspiration for this garden. The concentric circles in rhythmic patterns really captured the dynamic feeling the clients were looking for.
Along the entire length of the house we made a sweeping serpentine stone wall that swerves around like a great dragon tail.
Notice how the paved landing is repeating the theme of shapes in the doorway. The circle of bluestone has specially chosen brown pieces to mimic the wooden blocks around the circle in the doorway. They also have a rippling texture, which is reminiscent of the shallow tide waters near their home.
These rippling circles and echoing arcs become the serpentining stone wall, round patio entrance and swirling plant beds, while the yellow, blues and greens inspire the plant palette. The deep beds are filled with Euphorbia, Lavender, Geranium, Coreopsis, Salvia and Hakonechloa grass. They sing with blues, purples, and yellows that the homeowners love.
At the far end of the serpentine wall we created a sculptural element with a large boulder we unearthed when excavating. I had the idea to repeat the circle theme pre-existent in the front door, so a hole was drilled in the boulder, creating a strong focal point and a unifying theme . The Japanese Maple, which was moved from another part of the property, balanced the strong composition perfectly.
Lavender, Coreopsis and "Soft Touch" hollies create a contrast of form and texture with the stone wall and Japanese Maple.
Plant forms create a sculptural sense of space as they interact with the structure of the stone wall.
As one walks throughout the spaces, some viewpoints have a simple composition, such as this one with Hakonechloa grass and Japanese Maples, offering a moment of simplicity and calm.
A granite bench sits between two cherry trees with a stunning view of the harbor.
The entrance to the house meanders up this curving stone staircase, where surrounding plants act as a threshold one passes through before entering the more open space at the top.
The gazebo, with its columns that echo the shape of the tree trunks, is surrounded by shaggy grasses and views of the harbor.
Swaths of native plants surround the property, offering bright colors for the homeowners and habitat for the birds, bees and butterflies.
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