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.


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


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


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.


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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