A movable fire bowl nestled into newly established colonies of bayberry, winterberry and fern extends the use of a Maine garden beyond dusk. Slabs of lichen and moss-covered granite are used as benches and form a firewood crib. The property is
within Acadia National Park along the west edge of Somes Sound on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design won an American Society of Landscape Architects award for the entire project.
This modern mountain home showcases an open, contemporary floor plan with a great room that features stone and metal finishes. The large glass windows and doors lead out onto the large deck with stunning views of the surrounding mountain landscape.
This backyard paradise was designed to restore your spirit and refuel your batteries. Enjoy a dip in the cool swimming pool or explore the winding paths that lead to secluded spots in the backyard. A final option is to sit back and enjoy the mountain views.
Mountain laurel is a go-to favorite when it comes to shrubs that thrive in shady conditions. This native shrub grows as an understory plant in forests east of the Mississippi River. The true native form opens white flowers. ‘Pink Charm’ brings on spring color with bright pink blossoms that attract hummingbirds. Evergreen leaves add to the landscape year-round. Plants grow 8 to 10 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Good to know: Light shade with some sun coaxes best flower color.