Commandants House Garden Project

Hello everyone, we hope that you are all having a good and warm winter. It has been a while since we updated our blog so we would like to share with you our latest project.  For the last couple weeks, we have been focusing on the redevelopment of the Commandant’s House garden located at the Boston National Historical Part. The first part of the project which was to come up with a new design for the garden was done by Melissa.  This new design proposed some new plants and some that are already planted in the garden.

Here are a few photos of new plants that Melissa has incorporated in the design:



Drift Roses


Dwarf Chinese Holly

After the design was done, we started researching the plants that have been proposed for the new garden. Some of these plants includes: Yucca, Forsythia, drift roses, limelight hydrangea, alpine Jupiter and a few more. The purpose of our research was to find out if the plants proposed will be suitable to the garden.  We took into consideration, the hardiness of the plants, their maintenance requirements and the diseases that they might be vulnerable to.  After our research, we met and presented our findings to Melissa who discussed with us the reasoning behind her choice of plants. This research and our meeting with Melissa were very educative to us. In the upcoming weeks, we will keep you informed on the final design of the garden. We would like to thank Melissa for taking the time to meet with us and we wish all of you a happy February.

Here are a few current photos of the garden we took:


Walkway leading up to the Commandants House – yews and norway spruce are proposed to be removed because of their large size.


View of the Boston Harbor from steps of the Commandants House – blue spruce also overgrown, the new design proposes smaller compact shrub such as dwarf Chinese holly


Knockout Roses – this plant will remain but increase the amount of rose in the garden and introduce border plant

We will post an update once the design has been finalized!

6 responses to “Commandants House Garden Project

  1. What a wonderful blog post! It was great meeting with you guys to talk about the new design and possible alternative plants and cultivars. Thanks again for the research and hard work!


  2. It looks like a good design. When the plants begin to bud I recommend you take photos and sketch over them the size and shape you would like the plant to be. Then create a pruning plan for each plant.
    You don’t want someone to come by next summer and shear the lovely plants into individual globs. A GLOB garden is not beautiful and the individual plants will not flower or branch out properly if they have been sheared into globs.

    There are several ways to treat ornamental shrubs. They can be pruned as “clusters” with each plant pruned in a loose for but all coordinated together to look like one clump of plants from a distance.

    Or it can be a hedge with loose edges to allow the plants to be one long unison plant but have a soft appearance and cascade to the lawn or path edge. This treatment allows the plant to grow to a taller height and fill in over time. Different varieties of shrubs can be formed into a hedge like a weave or a braid.

    Or it can be pruned into a tight, formal hedge that is sheared crisply to form a box or column to line a walkway. This may take more fertilizer and water over time but it creates a wonderful, formal look. Be sure a level and string line is used to create this look. Also make the tip a bit narrower than the bottom to allow light to the lower branches.

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  3. Sounds like a fun, informative project. Did you also look at the landscape period when researching the plants? I have always liked that Holly plant, but it is too cold in Hyde Park, NY to plant it. Hope you post some pictures when the plants are in so we can admire it.


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