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After many years in their home, the Ellyson’s dreamt of a new

“The design called for the creation of an intimate courtyard using

landscape design that would complement and enhance their

a twenty-four inch high design feature wall, which partially encloses

Cape Cod style home. A more intimate atmosphere was desired,

the entry. The wall is natural stone and serves as a wonderful

which their spacious yard lent to many ideas.

backdrop for plants and is further highlighted by nightscape lighting,”

They approached Kelly Van Elders, Landscape Architect, who ultimately designed a magnificent plan that incorporated color, texture, and stunning stonework. “The front was so spacious that

shared Maverick Pickering. The natural stone materials were selected to complement the style of the home.

we wanted to use features to break up the line of sight, declutter

“We used a beautiful Blue Flagstone for the walkway which only

the line of vision, and make it compelling from different angles,”

gets more beautiful with age and stands up well to freeze-thaw

Van Elders shared of the plan.

cycles. For the wall we used a complementary Antique Gray

“Some of the design challenges included working with a landscape that included many fully mature trees and spaces that transition from full shade to full sun. Another design challenge was making a spacious yard feel more intimate,” explained Van Elders.

Limestone which comes in multiple shades and blends well with other stone,” he explained. Maverick only uses natural stone materials in design implementation, something growing rarer he shared.

“I like to incorporate groupings of plants, whether it is five or

“Nothing beats the look of natural stone; and projects like

fifteen, for dramatic effect and the greatest impact,” Van Elders

this one only highlight this fact. People gravitate toward natural

spoke of his plant choices and design. “In this case, we had to be

stone because of its elegance and feeling of permanence. This

especially selective in the plant choices as most plants favor either

project highlights a beauty in stone that even the best and most

full sun or full shade, or partial sun or shade. Most do not tolerate

technologically advanced processes could never replicate,”

both very well.”

asserted Maverick.

The result was a clean and sculptural design that incorporates plenty of natural stone in the creation of walkways and feature walls. After creating the landscape design, Van Elders handed the

Resources Design: Kelly Van Elders Landscape Architect

project over to trusted landscape design and install expert,

Installation: Maverick Landscaping

Maverick Landscaping for installation and execution of the design.

Plants: Kat Nursery Stone: Sturgis Materials

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