When it comes to planning or updating your garden, a lot of inspiration can be found by looking at other gardens. I love going for walks throughout the seasons to get ideas for my own yard. There’s plenty of inspiration in magazines and online, too. Today I’m sharing a coastal garden by Matthew Cunningham Landscape in the beautiful state of Maine.
My favorite gardens are those that take you on a journey. This can be done through the use of pathways, whether they’re grass, stone, crushed gravel, or mulch. This coastal garden uses a lavender and green palette to create a cohesive look. You’ll see Russian sage, salvia, chives, Eastern hay-scented fern, and more.
The garden can be enjoyed from the back porch which looks out over the ocean. A flower pot with a mix of orange and yellow annuals creates the only pop of warm color.
Here’s the view from the porch overlooking the water. Wouldn’t this be a beautiful scene to greet you each and every day? You can see a peony ready to bloom in the midst of the salvia and sage.
The monochromatic garden is serene and beautiful. I tend to go all out with color in my yard, but I like the idea of creating color zones in my flower beds. I might need to do some rearranging this spring.
Using a simple palette allows the viewer to appreciate what’s beyond the garden (in this case, the beautiful coastline), instead of being distracted by a riot of color. Puppy seems to enjoy the garden, too.
Eastern hay-scented fern, which is native to the northeast region of the U.S., hugs the stepping stone path, softening the hardscape.
Potted lobelia graces the front porch, along with a third container of white and yellow pansies. Yellow is opposite of purple on the color wheel, so it’s a great complementary color choice.