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A British Estate

Hinsdale, Illinois

A traditional English-style home’s landscape in Hinsdale is inspired by the gardens of a British country estate. The home features elegant courtyards and outdoor rooms for entertaining and a bentgrass lawn.

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

Strolling up to the front entrance, visitors will notice a classic herringbone walkway flanked by green gem boxwoods, filled with a seasonal plant palette. A front courtyard-like space with limestone and brick decorative pillars is complemented by Tina crabapples, planted on either side of the walkway.

In keeping with the home’s manicured foliage, a bentgrass lawn was installed to add a unique touch to the landscape.

Moving to the rear of the home, hardscapes are more eclectic and feature a mixture of brick, limestone and bluestone. An English sundial is the centerpiece of the rear courtyard, surrounded by four boxwood garden parterres in diamond patterns.

Mariani designed an organic vegetable garden near the rear cottage, featuring lemon and pear trees, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and zinnia and roses for cutting. Fresh vegetables can be enjoyed in the outdoor dining area, featuring a wisteria-covered pergola.

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