In the February 2013 issue of Fine Gardening, we featured a stunning garden designed by Alan Collachicco and William Towne in Byfield, Massachusetts. It's a stately, timeless garden that pleases all year long. Alan and Bill used lots of stone and evergreen structure, small planting beds, and a subtle color palette to smooth the seasonal transitions and make the garden just as interesting in winter as it is in the peak of summer. To prove this point, senior editor Michelle Gervais took photos of several scenes in the garden in both seasons. Enjoy this gallery of the results

Subtle and classic ornaments, like this terra-cotta bird, are just as charming in winter as they are in summer. Flashier ornamentation would look jarring in the barer colder months.
In summer, the trees that surround this garden provide a green curtain of privacy. In the colder months, the bare branches let in more light-crucial during long New England winters.

 

As the leaves fall in autumn, the 17th-century house is revealed, allowing it to become the star of the garden.

 

 

 

This weeping tree is just as compelling in winter as it is in summer due to its fountainlike form.
Yet again, as the leaves fall, the house is revealed and becomes the star of the garden. The bright mulleins add extra pizzazz during the winter months.
This birch near the back door is a focal point in all seasons, but it is especially beautiful when bare in winter.

 

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