The Cowperthwaite condominium complex underwent a complete renovation of its gardens recently. The goal was to remove overgrown shrubs and to update the gardens by adding color and diversity. Plants chosen are dwarf or slow growing to keep maintenance costs low. Shrubs and trees flower throughout the warm months providing ongoing interest and have berries which create fall and winter color.
A new garden on the right side of the entrance features native trees and shrubs. Three 'Winter King' hawthorn trees grace the garden providing white flowers in the spring, beautiful foliage and bright red berries in the fall. Dwarf fothergilla shrubs also bloom in the spring and feature colorful foliage throughout most of the growing season. Virginia sweetspire blooms in the summer and has burgundy fall foliage. The garden is ringed by Blue Star junipers and amsonia, a perennial native to the United States. It has blue flowers in the early summer and bright yellow fall foliage.
Hydrangeas abound throughout the garden. 'Endless Summer' hydrangeas are used along the front of many of the units with 'Limelight' on the corners. Oakleaf hydrangeas grow along the sides of various units with an abundance to be found on the right side of the complex facing Clark Street.
A dwarf Japanese holly called 'Hoogendorn' is used throughout the complex, as well as slow growing Blue Star junipers. Red crape myrtlewhich has showy late summer flowers, is already the favorite of many owners. Two native hollies, inkberry, and winterberry can withstand wet areas so are used in low-lying spots on the property.
The updated gardens provide interest and color throughout the year in addition to showing native plants that will withstand New Jersey's diverse climate. Clare Minick, the landscape designer, has kept in mind the needs of the condominium owners while focusing on Cowperthwaite Square's visual appeal.