This classic mixed border garden in Shelburne Falls, Mass is beautiful and functional. It combines all the basic elements of an aesthetically pleasing, but practical and hardy, landscape design: stone, perennials, trees, shrubs, herbs, a barn, and a driveway.
This garden has it all: a mature sugar maple, a flowering hawthorn, native shrubs, perennial, and stone.
A close up reveals a variety of textures, shapes and shades of green. A barn is always a classic backdrop for any garden.
As the plants spill over into the path, they become purposely interactive. This is not a garden or landscape to be experienced passively.
This is the view of the tree, bushes, flowers, and shrubs from the top of the steps.