An Italian Oasis Designed by Weston Landscape & Design

Weston Landscape & Design creates an Italian oasis in the heart of Cherry Hills Village.

Italian style garden
Photo courtesy of Weston Landscape & Design.

Part of an elegant add-on to an Italianate house, this resplendent garden sanctuary is the perfect finishing touch to a Cherry Hills Village property with a bocce ball court and outdoor entertainment cove.

This project, a testament to patience and creativity, took a team of eight a year and a half to design and six months to construct, according to Erik Knudtson of Weston Landscape & Design. “Listening to the client to build their dreamscape and negotiating various interpretations along the way allowed us to craft a decisive design,” he says. “Little adaptations organically happen. It’s about trust, and our client trusted us with their vision.”

The space features a raised-bed cutting garden framed with rough-hewn Colorado flagstone, flanked with pathways of Colorado flagstone pavers honed to a high gloss and dwarf creeping thyme. Flourishing with basil, oregano, tomatoes, peppers, and mesclun, the beds are edged with pollinator-friendly salvia and marigolds and accented with ornamental grasses and periwinkle.

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Italian style garden stream
Photo courtesy of Weston Landscape & Design.

“It was exciting to design such a creative cutting garden. We loved using incredible local materials and low-maintenance plants that thrive in Colorado’s climate,” Knudtson says. “It is important to curate the best plants for the habitat.” The client added whimsical Kichler LED bronze flower lamps to illuminate the garden’s pathways. Evergreen conifers, variegated dogwood trees, and rose bushes stud the landscape on either side.

The clients are of Italian heritage and adore the traditional Italian bocce ball court lined with crushed seashells. It is centered between two wood pergolas atop custom concrete columns and edged by curving concrete walls with a firepit grotto to one side. Vintage bronze carriage lamps on posts projected over the court add to its ambiance.

“The most rewarding part of the project was transforming the old irrigation ditch into a stream and reflecting pool,” Knudtson says. “We acquired native moss rock boulders, small river boulders, and cobblestones to design realistic stream banks and to craft elevations and drops for waterfalls.” Daylilies, creeping Jenny, Siberian iris, ice plants, and feather grass add to the natural waterscape look.