Part One: A Story Book Garden
On the Virginia Country Club golf course in Long Beach, this story book Tudor home’s entrance is a private drive. The newly built home had lots of charm but needed a little pizzazz in the garden.
Patty and Earl’s little home is surrounded by larger homes and could easily have been lost if we hadn’t of added the little rugged fence and framed it with a cottage garden. We used lots of bright colors in annuals and perennials and threw in a few grasses for texture and movement.
Trees also add definition to the garden space. We added birch trees, a dwarf flowering plum and a Japanese maple for color and structure to fit the scale of the home.
A walkway meanders to the front door. The custom mail box mimics the style of home and adds a little whimsy to the garden. Pots and a traditional topiary greet guests by the front door.
A secret garden allows a small seating area between the home and garage. My famous living patio allows baby tears to grow between the flagstones and make easy passage to the back garden on the golf course. This little secluded area is great place to hang out and have a glass of wine or to read a book.