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Recreating her own courtyard with partner
Dylan Lindsay, Ascher Smith’s vision was
a Mediterranean, lush, informal garden. It was
important for the landscape to include as many
deciduous trees as possible to keep the house
cooler in the summer months.
Lots of vegetable space was another key
requirement, which was implemented through
the entire front courtyard garden that is bathed in
sunlight all year round.
A distinct Tuscan ambience has been achieved
with two large limestone archways, one of which
incorporates a wrought iron gate serving as a grand
welcoming statement to the property.
The entrance wall is adorned by a trompe l’oeil
that presents the optical illusion of looking through
a window to rolling Tuscan hills and vineyards.
Inside the courtyard, the Mediterranean theme
continues with burnt orange walls providing
a backdrop for the luscious green foliage. The use
of French Pattern travertine has created a seamless
connection with the interior dining room,
with a large rosewood and glass sliding
door that appears to frame the courtyard.
A timber pergola covered in grapevine mirrors
the wooden doorframe while painting a truly
Plantings throughout the area are ongoing
with new varieties planted as the space evolves.
A long concrete planter along the length of the
space is filled with frangipanis, ground covers
and small trees that offer a canopy of privacy from
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