Summer Dreams

A challenging backyard becomes the perfect escape

Karosis Pool Spa 2Photographed by Rob Karosis The homeowners chose a classically inspired design for the pool area, which is seen in the shape of the pool, the tiled deck, and the portico columns.

It seemed like a simple request: add a pool and outdoor entertainment area to the backyard of a Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, home. However, one look at the site told a different story—the yard was a steeply sloped hillside with nary a flat spot in sight. Was a pool even possible?

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The View

A garden makes a bridge between house and sea

Karlin MesslerGarden 325Photographed by Lynn Karlin Lilies and straight white pines frame a view of Penobscot Bay and Camden.

Good things come to those who wait, and Dyke Messler and his partner Rickey Celentano waited more than seven years for their house and garden to be completed. These good things include a view of Penobscot Bay that goes on forever, a bungalow built in the spirit of the Arts and Crafts home of Messler’s grandparents, and a garden that is a masterpiece of place.

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Creating a Rock Garden

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Photographed by Kindra Clineff

Although vacationers flock in summer to Rye’s beaches, Wallis Sands and Jenness, for cool water and hot sand, there is more to this town’s terrain than the seashore—there is also abundant granite ledge, the most familiar intrusive igneous rock, which appears in vast outcroppings throughout the Northeast and chiefly in New Hampshire. The mineral grains of granite, easily visible, give the rock its characteristic speckled look.

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English Garden Essentials

Traditions and tips for creating a coastal English garden

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The principles of English garden design have deep roots in America. As a result, much of what Americans do in the garden is in the English style, with plants and design elements that many gardeners take for granted. English-style gardens may include lawn areas, perennial beds, rock gardens, vines, flowering shrubs, and trees that stand tall and mark the property line.

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Snug Harbor Farm

You’re in for a tweet

SHF Table ribbon Wreaths 2Photographed by Kindra Clineff/Styling by Terry John Woods

Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk, Maine, might not have a partridge in a pear tree or turtle doves (yet), but owner Tony Elliott has the six geese a-laying all sewn up with a whole lot of hooves, twigs, and nostalgia thrown in.

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The Beach Rose

A prickly Seacoast survivor

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Saltspray rose, seaside rose, dune rose, beach rose—by any name, it is as common as sea grass on the coast, as iconic as a lighthouse on a cliff. Flourishing up and down North America’s northeastern seaboard, this rose is so naturalized on the shores of New England that it seems like a native. It grows as wildly as weeds on the prairie. But in fact, this rampant rose is an import, and a relatively recent one at that. Indigenous to the Far East, it was unknown in the West until the late eighteenth century, when a Swedish botanist by the name of Carl Peter Thunberg first spotted it in Japan. Charmed by its crinkly petals and serrated leaves, he called it Rosa rugosa, or “wrinkled rose.”

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All in Good Taste

Unexpected details add spice to a luxuriant formal garden

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This lush mixed border contains a red Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) found as a seedling at Donna’s great aunt’s house, porcupine grass (Miscanthus ‘Strictus’), and a weeping katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum)

Fourteen years ago, when plant collectors Doug and Donna Morris went house shopping, they knew exactly what they wanted. "When we were looking for a house, we were really looking for a yard, and the house just happened to fit us," Doug says of the property they bought in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The lot—Doug and Donna's future garden—measured just over one-third of an acre and came with a historic Greek Revival house. David Moody, a carpenter, built the clapboard cape in 1846 along with the surrounding homes, but the Morris's dwelling was where Moody lived.

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A Brilliant Restoration

Walek Garden1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Artist Michael Walek renews his historic property in York, Maine Photographed by Kindra Clineff Nobody does color like Michael Walek. He painted the exterior of his home, Chase House, the blush of dawn with a hint of canyon. It is the glow of the noonday sun on the petal of a dewy David Austin rose, combined with the juicy flesh of a newly sliced melon. No, this is not a Victorian painted lady. We are talking about a humble Federal house circa...

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Hot Stuff!

Create garden sizzle with bold tropical plants

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Have you dreamed of gardening in the tropics, where giant leaves and brilliant yellow, orange, red, hot pink, and magenta flowers bloom in glaring sun? Well, you don’t have to live near the equator to enjoy the magic of tropical plants. Bananas, elephant ears, cannas, ginger, and many other tropicals can thrive on the Seacoast as annuals with adequate sun, moisture, and decent soil. Tropical plants bring fun to gardening with intoxicating hues and wild textural contrasts that turn everyday borders of perennials and grasses into grand displays.

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Greenland’s Bayside Beauty

Kellaway 6a Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Fabulous flowers adorn this English-style garden Photographed by Kerry Michaels The Kellaways bought these red lilies at a big box store and planted them in their bayside flower garden. Smooth passages of lawn draw attention to lavish borders on either side. Tom and Jill Kellaway always dreamed of creating an English flower garden lush with plants and rich with color. When these passionate Anglophiles moved to Greenland, New Hampshire, from Leawood, Kansas, 10 years ago, they made their dream a reality. They...

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Forcing Flowering Branches

Plum Blossom Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Bring the joy of nature indoors this winter As Richard Bradley wrote in 1724 in The Gentleman’s and Gardener’s Kalendar, “All vegetables of our climate seem now to sleep; the Days are short, and every little warmth from the Sun makes every Curious Lover of Gardens wish for the Spring.” Nearly three hundred years later, we still seek creative ways to bring nature’s beauty and fragrance into our homes during the winter. With gray skies, howling winter winds and snowstorms always a...

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Alluring Alliums

Allium Globemaster Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Astonishing Plants for the Kitchen and GardenWritten by Teresa O’Connor“I will not move my army without onions!” —Ulysses S. Grant *Photo by Victoria J. Williams From the humble onion to its ornamental relatives, alliums are fabulous plants for cooks and gardeners. Among the world’s largest plant genera, the genus Allium features hundreds of species—many planted in autumn for spring and summer beauty. Alliums are also often deer- and rodent-resistant, easy to grow and pest-free. Acclaimed cookbook author and food editor Maggie...

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River Revival

Tim and Anne Halvorsen Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar The Perfect Focal Point for a Backyard TransformationWritten by Erica HolthausenPhotographed by Joseph St.PierreProduced and Styled by Marsha JusczakWhen Tim and Anne Halvorsen retired, they knew they wanted to live in a vibrant community away from Boston traffic. They wanted to see the water from their home and have access to a deepwater dock and the ocean. After searching for a year, they found what they were looking for on the banks of the Cocheco River in Dover, New Hampshire.Three years...

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Gardening Under Glass

Terrariums come in all shapes and sizes, from apothecary jars to mini-conservatories, and can serve many functions. For example, spring bulbs are elevated to a whole new plateau of importance when they’re displayed under glass. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar It may be winter outside, but it’s spring under your favorite clocheWritten by Tovah MartinPhotographed by Kindra ClineffA fern frond is slowly, gracefully unfurling. And a club moss has broken out of its little bun to carpet the soil below the ivy that’s wending its leisurely way up the glass. A begonia is in bud, an orchid has just popped, and an African violet recently finished its performance. Yes, there’s snow on the ground. No, you’re not in a greenhouse. Instead,

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The Evolution Of Edibles

Crabapple blossoms Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Designing Ornamental Gardens with Herbs, Fruits and VegetablesWritten and Photographed by Kerry MichaelsEvery garden, no matter how modest, is filled with small wonders and essential truths about the order of the world, but a truly great garden can overwhelm and surprise you—challenging your assumptions about what is possible and what is beautiful. Integrating edible plants into a landscape challenges just those assumptions.Jacquelyn Nooney, owner and lead designer of Jacquelyn Nooney Landscape, Inc. in Eliot, Maine, has been combining edible and ornamental...

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Romancing the Stones

Romancing the Stones - Coastal Home Magazine Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar For a sense of place this gardener designs with rocks The low-set house seems to hug the earth, making it one with the surrounding trees and gardens. The couple spends time each day maintaining and enjoying the garden. A cast-concrete head, which Scherer calls the bather, appears to come up for air in the birdbath.  Photographed by Kerry Michaels, Produced by Marsha Jusczak  Romancing the Stones - Coastal Home Magazine Tucked into the garden, a rusty chair makes the perfect backdrop for...

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