Designer Matthew Cunningham won two gold awards from APLD this year, one for this project in the heart of Boston. The design scheme blends California-style outdoor living with a New England approach to the landscape. In the front yard, Cunningham installed new concrete walls to elevate the front yard; put in a new parking court with porous pavers; and used native plants that drape softly over the walls.
The garden is planted with coastal woodland species that screen the view at the back property line. Most plantings are drought-tolerant to reduce the need for heavy maintenance.
This Cambridge garden is just 1200 square feet, and it was transformed from a space with an ugly, hot concrete patio into a showcase for art, sculpture, and plants. Cunningham's design incorporates a sliding sculptural gate of raw aluminum, and horizontal wood fencing, for starters.