Annapolis Landscape Design
24 Nutwell Rd, Lothian,
MD, 20711
Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm

Featured Residence

This complete landscape project started on 20-acres of cleared land along the high coastal bluff of the Severn River in Olde Severna Park, Maryland. The work was featured in Chesapeake Home & Living Magazine.

“We wanted the house to flow, to be part of the landscape, to be consistent with the welcoming, settled feel we were after. [They] wanted to infuse the Mid-Atlantic coastal locale with an old-world European feel.” [The homeowners] had the vision but knew they’d need an expert team to get the job done.”

“When the property covers 20 acres, it’s easier to talk about it when broken down into parts. For sake of utility, the landscape consists of nine main garden areas; driveway and forecourt, formal front garden, colonnade, vegetable garden and chicken coop, a terrace, an informal wooded area along the edge of the coastal bluff, the grotto or koi pond, pool area, pump house, and orchard.”

“Exterior Image designed and installed a formal front garden area structured with antique garden sculpture and geometrically planted boxwood and softened with vinca, roses, holly, oakleaf hydrangea, and other perennials.”

“The colonnade of pillars along the southerly edge of the property is hung with clematis and honeysuckle. Linking the forecourt and garage courtyard, the area screens the view to neighboring homes with a backdrop of hollies.”

“Moving around the southerly side of the house, the vegetable garden and chicken coop lean toward a Williamsburg-style aesthetic. Easily accessed from the home’s kitchen, the garden provides the [homeowner] with fresh veggies in the summer and an abundant of eggs year round.”

“Adjoining the vegetable garden by way of a simple trellis, a loggia leads to a formal rose garden and a holly hedge that transitions to the outdoor hot tub area and opens to a large, flat terrace of lawn designed for entertaining. ‘To accomplish the flat area and still accommodate the sloping property, we had to design and install a massive retaining wall’. This as was not only a great challenge, it was a great opportunity to pull additional formal architectural elements from the house into the landscape.”

“With so much formality close to the house, ‘[the client] decided to keep gardens further from the house more simple, more free flowing.’ Making the transition from formal to naturalistic, two sets of stairs lead from the terrace to the rest of the property. The first leads from a circular landing to the gardens closest to the waterfront.”

“Moving from the formal terrace and grotto, outlying areas of the garden gradually become informal. ‘The pool area is intended to be more natural, relaxed, and family-friendly and includes an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. For less formality the hardscape and walls are dry laid natural stone as opposed to cut stone or brick and masonry, and the walkways are flagstone with grass joints. Plants such as butterfly bush, hydrangeas, and ornamental grasses also lend to a more relaxed style.’”

“Adjoining the vegetable garden by way of a simple trellis, a loggia leads to a formal rose garden and a holly hedge that transitions to the outdoor hot tub area and opens to a large, flat terrace of lawn designed for entertaining. ‘To accomplish the flat area and still accommodate the sloping property, we had to design and install a massive retaining wall’. This wall was not only a great challenge, it was a great opportunity to pull additional formal architectural elements from the house into the landscape.”