Elegant Atherton Garden by Zeterre Landscape Architecture

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An elegant home deserves an elegant garden, and that’s what Zeterre Landscape Architecture was commissioned to bring to a home designed by Robert Glazier in Atherton, CA. But how to meld the new garden with an established home and not have that “raw” look? The answer was hauling in two semi-truckloads of mature boxwood trees, along with persimmons, purple-leaved redbud (with its own lichen cover), and a 25-year-old crape myrtle. The effect is immediate from your first glimpse up the driveway: step through the white-painted gate and you’re surrounded in lush green all the way to the front door and beyond. It’s a perfect backdrop for neat flower beds and extravagant white-topped bushes, climbing roses covering on a garage, alyssum spilling from a round concrete planter.

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Flagstone adds its own variations, too: deck and patio stone in shades of sand, coral, and gray form a smooth mosaic around the pool, set against green loungers and an alfresco table and chairs for easy entertaining. An arbor fills the seating area with fragrance; ivy covers the fence walls. Beneath the towering trees, notice the curving contour of beds full of ornamental grasses, dwarf orange bushes, and fuchsia wax begonias. At one end of the pool, a white concrete retaining wall gives a nice finish and provides striking contrast with ground cover behind it and soaring branches above. The total effect? The house and garden look as if they’ve “grown up together”…precisely the effect Zeterre was after.

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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