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A British Estate

A British Estate

Hinsdale, Illinois

A traditional English-style home’s landscape in Hinsdale takes its cues from the gardens of a British country estate. Framed by a symmetrical design, crisp boxwoods and formal gardens, the home features elegant courtyards and outdoor rooms for entertaining. Here’s the twist – a bentgrass lawn fit for a fairway adds a unique element to the charming design and accommodates an avid golfer.

While the home is relatively new construction, the homeowner wanted to create a landscape that would give the sense the home was older. To accomplish this, Mariani used traditional hardscape elements, classic plant palettes, and symmetric and geometric design to frame the home.

Strolling up to the front entrance, visitors see a classic herringbone walkway flanked by crisp green gem boxwoods. A front courtyard-like space with limestone and brick decorative pillars is complemented by Tina crabapples planted on either side of the walkway and chosen for their beautiful foliage, attractive fruit and resistance to disease.

Moving to the rear of the home, the eclectic hardscapes feature a mixture of brick, limestone and bluestone. Combining these elements creates visual interest and ties the landscape to the home’s architectural elements. A sundial purchased in England is the centerpiece of the rear courtyard.

Because the homeowner enjoys cooking, Mariani designed an organic vegetable garden that features lemon and pear trees, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, peppers and flowers such as zinnia and roses for cutting. Mariani used formal design of the home’s elegant gardens and careful attention to detail to create an outdoor sanctuary that could be seen in the rolling hills of England. And with the addition of a bentgrass lawn, this space uniquely reflects the homeowners.

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