Design Identified – Andrea Cochran

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It’s funny how things click together. A couple of years ago when I was wondering the suburbs of Detroit I stumbled upon this massive residential job site.  The site was surrounded by a large screen- well of course that just sparked my interest. Then of course this past summer while in Detroit, I stumbled back across the finished product, a modern concrete house in the traditional Birmingham neighbor with a striking modern landscape. The landscape was particularly modern because of the use of Corten, land form and the use of mass planting. As a design element, corten steel is more often seen on the coasts and not much here in the Midwest outside of commercial design. I stopped and took photos of the house, but had the wrong lens for the camera so never posted. A few weeks later, while on Pinterest I came across an image of the garden attributed to Andrea Cochran, which perfectly aligns. Then just this week my wife handed me an old article from WSJ Magazine with the home owner and house featured (LINK to article here). Between the two sources it provided the complete story of the garden – the home owners tastes and desires with the landscape architect’s knowledge and aesthetic. (I was also able to get more details from some other sources).

Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, photo by Nick McCullough

Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, photo by Nick McCullough

Above two images I took during this summer (2014).

The plants palette for the garden was kept to a hand full of species- which is indicative a modern planting scheme.  From what I could see from the passerby point of view the plant list consists of Heritage River Birch (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’) single stem, Rhus aromatica ‘Grow-Low’ (Grow-Low Sumac), Thorn-less Honey Locust (Gledistsia triacanthos var. inermis), Yew (Taxus xmedia), Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum), Eastern Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis),  Upright European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’) or Upright European Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Fastigiata’)

 

Here is the background information from Andrea Cochran’s website:

“The courtyards of this Michigan residence are integral to the overall architecture. Each is an exquisitely designed piece of art that extends and enlivens the living spaces. Views into these oases offer a counterpoint to the austere modern interiors, while also providing immediate access to the open air. The designs both soften and create continuity with the character of the house, interweaving architecture and landscape seamlessly.”

Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, photo

Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The above two images are taken from Andrea Cochran’s website. The first is of the street view of the home and the second is of the courtyard space behind the home.

 

Here are more details and schematics of the home via the architect of the home, Steven Sivak.  (LINK to more photos here).

Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The plans are for the garage in the back to be covered in ivy and be a giant green box. This will be a unique area since it is already cocooned into a courtyard hedge.

 

Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodDesign Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The above two images are taken from Andrea Cochran’s website. The cor-ten sculpture is created in the style of Chris Burden  and installed by MBM Fabricators.

 

Here are some of the plants IDed in the design of the project.

 

Kurt Bluemel – Horticultural Royalty Remembered

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Last week I received a copy of Kurt Bluemel’s obituary, the Grass King, pioneer of ornamental grasses. (Read the obituary here from the Baltimore Sun). Last year at the Perennial Plant Association symposium in Vancouver I was on a garden tour with Kurt….. While touring a botanical garden he corrected the botanical name of grass for a master gardener.  The master gardener stood his ground and insisted he correct (poor guy didn’t have a clue), Kurt bluntly asked, “Do you know who I am?” The few of us who witnessed the interaction tried not to burst out in laughter- the master gardener underestimated the tourist- who we all knew as the Grass King and the unequivocal expert on ornamental grasses. While on your evening walks this week, when you see the tall plumes or blades of an ornamental grass, think of Kurt and be thankful for his passion and ethic in spreading ornamental grasses and the New American Garden Style. To see and purchase from the library of ornamental grasses Kurt curated visit www.kurtbluemel.com. There is also a wonderful tribute on the site written by Allen Bush for Kurt’s 75th birthday (here). In honor of Kurt Bluemel, here is a selection of a few of my favorite grasses.

 

Below is Piet Oudolf’s private garden, Hummelo, which bodes hundreds of grasses that catch the light and create the scene on this summer morning when I was visiting.Hummelo, Piet Oudolf's Private Garden: Kurt Bluemel - Horticultural Royalty Remembered -Thinking Outside the Boxwood,

A mass planting of one of my favorite grasses, Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, at the revolutionary garden of historical dutch garden designer Mien Ruys in Dedemsvaart, Holland

Deschampsia cespitosa  'Goldtau' at the garden of Mien Ruys : Kurt Bluemel - Horticultural Royalty Remembered -Thinking Outside the Boxwood,

Miscanthus ‘Cabaret’ with Cotinus ‘Velvet Cloak’ on one of my projects in New Albany, Ohio.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret' with Cotinus : Kurt Bluemel - Horticultural Royalty Remembered -Thinking Outside the Boxwood,

A huge drift of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ paired with Japanese Painted Fern in New Albany, OH.

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' : Kurt Bluemel - Horticultural Royalty Remembered -Thinking Outside the Boxwood,

Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ and Acorus gramineus ‘Oborozuki’ play an important part of creating contrast and in both texture and color in this modern perennial garden.

New Albany, Ohio Private Garden by Nick McCullough: Kurt Bluemel - Horticultural Royalty Remembered -Thinking Outside the Boxwood,

Strategically placed Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ weave the garden together at Piet Oudolf’s garden outside his studio.

Hummelo, Piet Oudolf's Private Garden: Kurt Bluemel - Horticultural Royalty Remembered -Thinking Outside the Boxwood,

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ line the path of the modern display garden at Appeltern (De Tuinen van Appeltern) in Holland the contrast of the fine foliage and the board cobbles and hedging caught my eye.

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' : Kurt Bluemel - Horticultural Royalty Remembered -Thinking Outside the Boxwood,