Garden Walk Buffalo – Cottage District 5 1/2

The Color Wheel of Houses and Front Yard Plantings

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Blue

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Orange

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Pink

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 Yellow

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Red

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Green

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Purple

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White

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Lots of White

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Some perennials escaping to freedom.

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Some saying, “I’m a lot hotter.”

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Some annuals barely containing themselves.

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Some saluting the Red, White and Blue.

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Some people in awe.

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Some out for a stroll.

There really is every color house imaginable, even black. It is like opening the paint deck or spinning the wheel. If you think you have seen these gardens before, you can never get enough of them. There is so much to learn from plant pairings, maximizing space, companioning textures, and being fearless with color.

Some of these gardens almost swallow up the small homes, but they all look like they were always meant to be. You can see how many of these homes have almost exactly the same facades, but the color selection and lush gardens differentiate them from one another. Look back and see how many have the same rounded Palladian style upper window and prominent gable front. Some even have a porch, but it is the same basic home. This repetition occurs often in workman style neighborhoods.

And don’t miss Garden Walk Buffalo – Cottage District 5 on Garden Walk Garden Talk. One garden in the District is featured.

Garden Walk Buffalo Gardens – Allentown #4

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Allentown is Buffalo’s oldest preservation district with some of the most unique architecture in our area. The oldest house was built in 1840. Homes range from cottage to Queen Anne to Italianate.

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The central corridor is a mix of artsy shops, galleries and bars. The quirky Bohemian quality is very evident throughout the Allen Street District.

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The homes are built close together with very small front yards, yet have loads of color with perennial gardens and containers galore.

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There is very little room for grass yards and many gardens are gated or fenced.

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Colorfully painted doors are common, just as are lively storefronts on Allen Street.

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 Roof lines are dramatic with mansard roofs and cupolas.

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Many gateways are both welcoming and decorative.

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Gates divide spaces so as to appear larger and create rooms.

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Paths have arches, pergolas and arbors.

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Picket fences are common also.

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Make sure to stop in at Garden Walk Garden Talk tomorrow, for more of Allentown gardens. The paths through the gardens are featured in the post entitled, Garden Walk Buffalo Gardens – Allentown #4 1/2.