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Gardens by Flora Grubb
Ames Alley Cottage Front Garden

My sweetie Kevin Smith and I worked with Architect  Seth Boor to remodel the little cottage behind our house. Flora worked with Seth to design the small but spectacular outdoor spaces.

Front Garden- Ames cottage

ABOVE: This is the front of the cottage. The intention for this garden is that the Azara microphylla will grow up to about 20-feet and have a nice canopy that will be lovely from the street level as well as from the rooftop. The garden is designed to be ultra-low maintenance. The chartreuse shrubs are Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’, which are performing well. The Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ is a workhorse of a plant, looking lovely in all seasons. I just can’t seem to design a garden without Astelia nivicola ‘Red Gem’, the silver grass-like plant that you can see just peeking over the curb. The Ceanothus griseus ‘Diamond Heights’ will someday pop up  over the little curb and soften the line a bit.


ABOVE: The sign above the front door is left over from when the cottage was a dance studio, Betty May’s School of Tap, for many years, from the 1940s until the 1980s.