In Victorian times, the fast growing Pipevine was trained to grow up the side of stoops (porches) in order to provide a shady privacy screen. Today, this elegant Victorian family home built in 1872, has a white painted wooden fence overgrown with Pipevine and the large (6″ long) heart-shaped leaves provide plenty of privacy for the backyard beyond.

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The sidewalk and front steps consist of bluestone pavers, a product of the local bluestone quarries that also supplied NYC with stone for construction.

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The classic style of rocking chairs and hanging ferns are frequently seen in the area.

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A project is in progress, a tray of Portulaca ‘Pazazz Tangerine’ (available from Adams) will be planted in the urns at either side of the steps.

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The front bed has always caught my eye when walking past this house, the purple Barberry is a foundation shrub that looks just right against the pale green lattice at the base of the stoop. The yellow flowers of Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ are a time trusted favorite that indicates summer is almost over, what a contrast with the ‘Knock Out Rose ‘Radrazz’ and the bright pink phlox.

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Take a peek at the back yard (behind the Pipevine) here. If you enjoyed this post, share it with your friends!

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