After seeing a garden in Seward Park that I helped create with the homeowner, these clients hired me to create a low-maintenance version of the colorful, floriferous, textural garden they fell in love with.  With this in mind I emphasized shrubs with colorful foliage, fragrance and year round color accented with flowering trees and tough perennials and grasses to create a dramatic cottage style garden. The overall effect worked.  The entry is elegant and understated with dogwoods, ever-blooming hydrangeas and boxwood, the curb appeal is tough, fun and dramatic and the back entry was formalized with tiered flagstone patios, a fountain and granite steps leading up to the back deck off the kitchen.