Fun is always important
From the eight-foot wide mammoth cut limestone entry steps to the historic brick clay walk and authentic landscape, everything about this century-old Indianapolis estate bleeds relevance and period sensitive decisions.
The linear entry confidently drives visitors’ vision to the front door and is loaded with four season interest, from the 8,000 daffodil and tulip bulbs to the formal double knockout rose hedge.
Stately boxwood, coupled with Frontier Elms defining the edge of the rectangular beds, lend the hoped for sophistication that respects the neighborhood and architecture of the home.
That formality was a central theme of the landscape until we invaded the back yard with a rustic limestone quarry pile and boulder fire pit centered in the middle of a crushed gravel patio. Fun is always important. The several-acre site prompted particular attention to proportion and scale.
Interestingly, weather the project is historic, modern or in central suburbia, these design principles remain relevant.