JMMDS designed the landscape around this Belmont home, a contemporary retreat overlooking a pond and fields in Boston’s western suburbs. Echoing a set of existing curbstones in the shape of an ‘S’, we created stone-edged gardens in the front and to the side of the property, including over-scaled bluestone terraces, reworking the pond edge, and planting a wildflower meadow.
Sentry boulders mark the threshold between peastone parking area and the walkway to the front door.
Lady's Mantle groundcover provides a subtle pop of color next to the stone wall.
Lush groundcover under mature shade trees is edged in granite stone slabs.
Specimen Japanese Maple and Pine trees anchor the minimalist planting bed at the front door. Stepping stones cut through groundcover, like a bridge over water.
A simple pond overflow area is built from large stone slabs, doubling as an informal foot bridge over the water.
Stone building materials are used in many different ways in the landscape.
A seating area overlooks the nearby pond. Stone details throughout the landscape unite disparate landscape elements.
Curving granite slabs provide subtle definition to the upper lawn seating area.
Subtle plantings near the entrance to the house focus on foliage color and texture, intermixed with aged specimen boulders.
A simple wooden gate, stone posts, and a classic New England stone wall instill a sense of history into the property.
Seat-height stone walls surround the dining terrace, providing informal seating opportunities.
Undulating S-shapes in the landscape soften the rigid lines of the architecture.
A unique stone detail, the wheelbarrow ramp set into the stone steps makes garden maintenance easy.
Landscape Contractor: Capizzi and Company, Acton, MA