Millstones in the Garden

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Last year we completed a project that included a small water feature for the family’s dog to take a quick drink when outside. The feature needed to be low, include moving water and do the best at keeping the dog’s paws from getting soaked.  The solution we designed was an old millstone resting over river rocks with water bubbling up through the center of the stone and falling down the sides into a reservoir below.  This was not designed to be a large focal point of the garden, but was highly visible when on the patio space so had to find the right sized millstone. (I have no photo to share since we have not photographed the project yet, but will update the post once we shoot.) 

 

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 This is a collection showcases the variation millstones can be found from English Garden Antiques (here). 

 

 

Millstones are fairly easy to find from back when milling of corn and wheat was done locally both on the larger and small scale, creating many different sized stones. Searching your local stone companies or Craigslist will produce lots of options. We found our stone over Craigslist in Southern Ohio as part of a the matched pair. Good key terms to search are; millstone, mill stone, antique.

 

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The above two images are from a local stone suppliers (Lones Stone) selection of mill stones. Search your local stone suppliers to see what options are available. 

 

The stones are versatile for use the landscape given the variety of sizes and thicknesses.  They can be used as fountains, stepping stones, in paving, stone walls, table, bench or focal art. Here are some examples for creative inspiration.

 

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Martha Stewart's Bedford, CT Home

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Martha Stewart's Bedford, CT Home

The above two millstones are from Martha Stewart’s Bedford Farm. These are each incorporated into the hardscape areas. (Images from Martha’s Blog here)

 

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Miriam's River House Designs

This garden designed by Miriam’s River House Designs, features a millstone at the center of a garden designed by the principles of a circle. (Image and more of the design found here)

 

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Janice Parker Landscape Design

Janice Parker Landscape used a millstone fountain in the center of this landscape. (Image Janice Parker Landscape’s website, here)

 

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Austin TX

This millstone is used as a bench and gathering location in the personal garden of Christine Ten Eyck in Austin Texas. The image is from here and you can see more of Ten Eyck Landscape Architects work here

 

 

 

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Here are large millstone is used as a table in the garden in the harsh salt air of Nantucket, MA. This garden is designed by The Garden Design Company, and you can find more of their work here. Image from Veranda Magazine here.

 

Millstones in the Garden, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This image is from Ohio Barns (here) which showcases the old millstones from the Weisenberger Mill (near Lexington, KY) used in stone walls. 

 

Another great option to use are antique stone well caps. These have the same central hole, however are typically square or even more irregular. To help in search terms try well cap, well cover, stone and I include vintage and antique to weed out anything faux stone.

 

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 The above are two examples of full slab well covers, the top one is from Central Main Stoneworks (Here) and the second if off Craig’s List near Cleveland Ohio. It is 64 x 48 x 8.5 inches of Sandstone. I love the moss covering the top and would be amazing used in any landscape. I am half tempted to buy and hoard it until I have a design to use it, or honestly my house. (here)

 

Red Twig Farms- Twig Wreath

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Red Twig Farms- Twig Wreath, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Last season we had leftover dogwood branches from Red Twig Farms that we experimented weaving into different forms. Our most successful design was a simple wreath of the branches.  We sent a few off to Terrain as prototypes, and this Christmas they placed an order for both Yellow and Red Dogwood wreaths. The wreaths are beautiful alternative to classic evergreen wreaths and the traditional brown grapevine wreaths. We saved a few of the Red Dogwood wreaths at the shop and have been practicing different ways these could be used during the holiday season outside of bow adornments.

 

Red Twig Farms- Twig Wreath, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

(Upper Left) Plain Red Twig Dogwood Wreath. (Upper Right) Layered with a boxwood wreath

(Bottom Left) Mixed Bittersweet with Winterberry (Bottom Right) Wrapped with Stargazer lights

 

The wreaths are not listed on the website, but I am sure you can directly contact either Terrain location if you are interested in purchasing a wreath. I wish we had some of the yellow wreaths to show, but we shipped them all off before we took any photos.

 

 

 

Seasonal Color for Your Mood

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I am an advocate container and seasonal color for the ability to change your homes’ mood from season to season and introduce elements that provide a twist to the story of your landscape. This home in historical German Village is a great showcase how seasonal color can provide serious (and noncommittal) impact. The front yard space is about 7 feet deep and is planted with low, monochromatic and textural plantings. This was done intentionally to place the focus the window boxes and containers which are replanted four times a year with annuals and perennials. This frequent change allows us to change the mood and tones of the garden with the seasons and homeowners’ humor.

Summer 2014 – Color Explosion 

Seasonal Color for Your Mood, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Our color expert, Steve, and I created the combo for the windows to showcase an explosion of color. As you look at the house the two window boxes flank a central planter that is plant with Sterlitzia nicolai and Ipomea ‘Illusion Emerald Lace’.  The containers were kept simple with just two species because the window boxes behind were the real show in this case.

Seasonal Color for Your Mood, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Coleus ‘Dark Chocolate’, Lantana ‘Luscious Lemonade’, Begonia bolivensis ‘Waterfall Encanto Orange’,  Setcreasea pallida ‘Purple Heart’, and Dichondra argentea ‘Emerald Falls’, Seasonal Color for Your Mood, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

In this pair of window boxes you can see the amount of color and texture that is billowing over the edges.  Plant Identification (Starting from the top down) Coleus ‘Dark Chocolate’, Lantana ‘Luscious Lemonade’, Begonia bolivensis ‘Waterfall Encanto Orange’,  Setcreasea pallida ‘Purple Heart’, and Dichondra argentea ‘Emerald Falls’

 

Fall 2013 – Dark & Moody 

As we moved into fall the planters were planted in a monochromatic scheme of blue and purples.  Redbor Kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Redbor’ and Medusa Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum) were used alongside pansies to add some fall flair.

 

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Looking at the planter with Redbor Kale, Medusa Peppers and Silver Scroll Heuchera and Setcreasea pallida ‘Purple Heart’

 

Winter 2013: Extened greens

Adding Winter containers are normally the most appreciated in Ohio when most landscapes are brown, grey and dull green.  Adding lights and hits of color always brings a welcomig impact that can stay long past the traditional Christmas decorations. The planters are filled with a Fraser Fir greenery, Southern Magnolia, Leyland cypress and scarlet curly willow.

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Looking at the front door we also draped the entry with a lush garland to welcome holiday guests and passersby. The garland and wreath at the front and embellished with eucalyptus, magnolia and Leyland  cypress  to tie in with the window boxes and planters.

Behind the Gardenista Garden Design

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As many of you know we are in a competition on the gardening website Gardenista.  The competition is drawing to a close here in a few days, August 8th.  I wanted to shed some more light on the garden that is in the competition.  This garden has been a labor of love for a number of years….every year we design and install a new project- that has lead to this point.  Over the years the client-relationship has turned to friendship and strengthens with every passing project- I could not stress this enough, this project could not have happened without the homeowner’s trust…….and their constant pushing me to be my best….I am truly so lucky!

This Ohio property celebrates the native forest and grass meadows found in the Midwest merged with the client’s love for modern and contemporary design.   Lush perennial borders and a productive vegetable garden help to merge the traditional and contemporary style of the home––building upon the surrounding hardwood forest and Midwest meadowlands  The design was commissioned after the homeowners had moved into their recently built Georgian home.  Frustrated by the initial landscape, I was asked to create a master plan to help blend the owner’s love for modern design and create a sustainable plan to manage the beautiful surrounding hardwood forest.  The goal was to create lush mixed borders, with year round interest, that transitioned between the classic Georgian architecture and the modern pool and pool house with distinctive paving and planting style.  In addition, restore managed native meadows that would frame the mowed lawn area and sculpted paths creating a rich tapestry of native species and habit for the indigenous fauna.

Please enjoy the pictorial tour of the garden!

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Recent Garden Projects:

The garden is ever evolving- the spring of 2014 was a busy one.  The traditional Georgian home received a major touch of modern by adding a beautifully minimal glass solarium which inserts the home into the garden.  Below, you can see how this bluestone and sod terrace was transformed into the the new modern space.   Some the of highlights include block boxwood plantings, steel / gravel staircase, large drifts of Deschampsia cepsitosa and assorted Eryngium, and lastly a low alpine border. The concepts and discussion started last fall and progressed through the winter.    Below and can get some insight to the conceptual layouts- you can also notice how I use my Pinterest inspiration in my concepts.

Like I said, this project is ever evolving- this fall we are under taking an ambitious cantilevered deck which will over look the ravine which runs across the back of the property…..believe me, I will update with the progress.

Behind the Gardenista Garden Design- McCullough's Landscape & Nursery, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Behind the Gardenista Garden Design- McCullough's Landscape & Nursery, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

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Behind the Gardenista Garden Design- McCullough's Landscape & Nursery, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

 

In Bloom – July 21

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First, want to ask for a favor and your vote for best Professional Landscape on Gardenista’s Considered Design Awards. It was a surprise on Sunday to hear we were a finalist and are a few days behind on voting. I would greatly appreciate your daily vote here:

Gardenista Considered Design Awards. 

 

Now to this week’s In Bloom post. To mix things up this week, we are featuring the flowers in bloom as boutonnieres made by our resident floral designer at McCullough’s Landscape- great job Steve!  Both of these boutonnieres feature thistles from previous weeks with additional foliage now previously used. The benefit of the thistles is the heads are long term beauties in the garden, hence their feature for the past few weeks.

 

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Top: Erygium alphium, Erygium yuccifolium (foliage) and Echeveria ‘Lola’

Bottom: Erygium yuccifolium, Foeniculum vulgare (Bronze Fennel) Plectranthus ‘Cerveza n Lime’

See the blooms from the previous two weeks:

July 7

July 14

 

I see that my past three posts all feature arrangements, so need to get back on the design posts more to come this week feature ideas and inspiration from my annual trip to Detroit.

 

In Bloom – July 14

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Last week I shared the first arrangement of blooms found in the garden and nursery.  This week’s arrangement is more dense and rich blooms compared to the previous’ wispy and organic feeling. Even though these flowers were all blooming last week, I must be in a darker mood this week to select over last week.

In Bloom - July 14, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

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Left to right: Row 1: Dahlia ‘Queen of the Night’, Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’, Row 2: Cotinus coggygia ‘Royal Purple’, Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’, Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Morning Select’

 

 

The Benefits of an Edge

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Sometimes borders are a good thing and that includes in the garden. Edges help provide a transition between elements and can help contain gravel, mulch and turf from spreading. Besides its use for providing a barrier, edging provides an additional design element and should be considered detail.

The Benefits of an Edge, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Metal edging w/ Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus 'Green Velvet') and Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis 'Thiller')

Metal edging along a gravel pathway.

 

 

The Benefits of an Edge, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Brick Edging

 Bricks on edge between turf lawn and a perennial garden. 

 

Where and How to Edge: Edging is used in areas of loose stone to prevent from spreading into turf or beds, such as walkways, driveways and patio spaces. It can also be used to provide an edge along turf to prevent the spreading of grass into plant beds. Common materials used include brick, cut stone, slab stone and metal. Below is a visual ID of four major edging types in use.

 

The Benefits of an Edge, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Edging by Type

 

The Benefits of an Edge, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Metal edging separating pea gravel and turf

 Metal edging used to separate gravel bed and turf.  

 

Edging Problems: In areas where there is freezing and thawing, some edging material will heave out of the ground and will need to be periodically re-set. Edging is not a 100% foolproof barrier, gravel and grass will cross the line and will require maintenance. Also if the wrong gravel type is used or layered too thick, the barrier will not provide the intended function.

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Metal edging along gravel path on a green roof. 

 

The Benefits of an Edge, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Metal edging creating a meandering path

Metal edging along a gravel path into a perennial garden. 

 

When Not to Using Edging: I don’t typically use edging around flower/perennial beds. I prefer to use a technique that includes a deep trench surrounding the bed. I use a sharp flat spade cut to make minor adjustments in the shape and insuring separation of the turf and bed.

Also please stay away from those plastic edging. If you use the method above you will have better result of keep beds shaped and materials contained. I cannot think of too many cases where plastic is ever the best solution in the garden.

 

(All photos from work by McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery)

 

Container Inspiration – Art Deco France

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This weekend McCullough’s loaned containers for the Columbus Museum of Art’s Art in Bloom event. Placed next to the museum’s entrance, the containers nodded to both the Art in Bloom event and the current exhibit Toulouse-Lautrec 1880 – 1910 Paris. We took influence from the vibrant color of Toulouse-Lautrec’s artwork and deco cast iron to compiling the flowers and containers we used. Even though the containers are created using traditional spring plants (plus some amaryllis we had blooming in our greenhouse), combined in a small 3′ x 5′ area, the impact grand compared to the same flowers often lost in the landscape bed.  Sometimes coming out of a long cold winter going overboard with color is required.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1891, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Why this works and what we used:

The grouping of three different containers allowed us to fill the entire vertical area will color.  The curly orange willows in the tall background container allowed us to provide height that is often difficult to get in containers.

Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Toulouse-Lautrec inspired planters for Art In Bloom, Columbus Museum of Art

 

This rusty cast iron planter with its decorative feet and crest gave us some history to the grouping of containers that lean more to the traditional and modern design. The low height grounds the grouping with the rich reds and yellows.  The amaryllis are a off season flower, but the large trumpet flower looked right at home with the tulips and pansies.

Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Toulouse-Lautrec inspired planters for Art In Bloom, Columbus Museum of Art

 

We added only two lily plants to this container, but provided the hit of orange to reference the curly willows. The deep red tulips, dark pansies and sweet potato vine reference the low cast iron container while the yellow forsythia bridges the height between the tall curly willows behind.

Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Toulouse-Lautrec inspired planters for Art In Bloom, Columbus Museum of Art

 

Here is the containers next to the door for full scale and impact.  These containers are good advocates for investing in containers for  home, business or event entrances.  They are a small investment with huge impact.

Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Toulouse-Lautrec inspired planters for Art In Bloom, Columbus Museum of Art

What to grow?

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January is the month of seed catalogs and research for what to grow in the upcoming seasons. I keep a running list of plants that caught my interest the previous year, thumb through books and review Pinterest to pull together my order list. We have the benefit of a greenhouse and production fields that allow us to grow more unique varieties or nurture plants for a longer period to get items that are not easily available.

 

Cut Flower Inspiration:

I am currently researching what to grow on Red Twig Farms for the local flower markets. Our production fields currently produce peonies, dahlias, french pussy willows, alliums, ornamental branches and berries. We are looking for items more grand than zinnias and sunflowers, but will continue the cut from the garden feeling. My search for options normally starts on our bookshelf and our collection of flower specific books. Our cut flower specific books are a lot smaller than the garden design and plant tomes, and includes some rather older books as well as recent releases.

books to inspire growing flowers

 

Seedheads in the Garden. By Noel Kingsbury

Lee Bailey’s Country Flowers. By Lee Bailey

Bringing Nature Home. By Ngoc Minh Ngo

Flowers Rediscoveredby Madderlake, Tom Pritchard, Billy Jarecki, and Allen Boehmer

Flower Design. By Bridget von Boch

Living Color. By Paula Pryke

A Passion for Flowers. Carolyne Roehm

To Have & To Hold. by David Stark and Avi Adler

Fresh Cuts. Ken Druse, Edwina Van Cal and John M. Hall

The Flower Recipe Book. Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo

 

 

FOR A CREATIVE OUTLET:

Also under the work on Red Twig Farms, we are growing specimen trees and shrubs. While I was in Belgium I was inspired by the nurseries and how in land much smaller than what we have, were growing amazing trees that they spent years training. This summer I ordered a truck of young Carpinus betulus  (European Hornbeam) that I am in the process of training in shapes and allee forms. I am looking forward to the time and training that goes into creating the art forms. I am working on a post about this tree as a Plant ID, which will include all the tree’s details.

 

 

Plants for Container Designs:

If you looked at our online portfolio of work you see that we do a lot of container designs.(http://mccland.com/Portfolio/3)  We have fun with this type of work because given its seasonal nature and small investment, we can experiment with different plant combos and go for big impact by playing with color, texture and height. I really think my best inspiration is travel, a change of scenery goes a long way in taking your imagination down a different, maybe more inspired path.  I had a chance to listen to Dan Benarcik, from the famed Chanticleer Garden (http://www.chanticleergarden.org/), this past Sunday at the Perennial Plant Association P.L.A.N.T. seminar in Columbus OH.  Dan gave a truly inspiring talk on his sources of creativity……and it was like he was speaking directly to me.  He too confides in his travels for a creative reset….If you have a chance to hear Dan talk, do not hesitate- you will not be disappointing.  When I travel I use my camera as my journal.  Click away, you never know when you might need a creative jump start.

Chanticleer Gardens, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Some of Dan’s work from a visit to Chanticleer Gardens a number of years ago I still draw inspiration from…

Chanticleer Gardens, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Mixed tropical and grass plantings at behind a boxwood hedge and Chanticleer.

Chanticleer Gardens, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Golden hops trained on steel cages in a central courtyard at Chanticleer.

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Planters from Thomas Hobbs private garden outside Vancouver BC.

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A swirled planting of heather and a cobble stone path outside Vancouver, BC

Nicotiana and Cleome at Butchard Gardens, BC. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

 

Massed Nicotiana and and Cleome at Butchard Gardens Brentwood Bay, BC