This is an example of how changing the hardscape (driveways, sidewalks, and entryways) can greatly increase the curb appeal of a home.
When we began this project, the driveway was too tight up against the house. There was a small foundation planting, but it was too narrow to honor the architecture of this lovely Stone Ridge home. Proportions are very important in garden design. In this case, the tiny garden needed to be brought out from under the shadow of the 2 1/2- story house to provide a visual balance.
By removing part of the driveway, we also gave the owners, Catherine and Eric Dugan, avid gardeners, an open canvas to plant. And we changed the view they see from inside the house. They now look out the windows to see flowers and plants, rather than their parked cars.(Cars should not be front and center in our yards and gardens!) By changing the shape of the driveway and moving the cars, we created more space for humans to enjoy.
We also softened the lines of the entryway. We built a new walkway with natural stone and more generous propor117 117 HOME visitvortex.com tions to welcome guests with open arms. The entryway and garden now match the look and feel of this friendly home. It is now more welcoming and well proportioned.
Victoria is owner-operator of Victoria Gardens, a nursery and garden center in Rosendale that will delight gardeners, professionals, and novices alike. Check out the website at victoriagardens.biz