Best of Boston Home 2011

Great landscape design and maintenance lets us enjoy fresh air throughout the year.
New England 
Whether you’re surrounding an English garden or a horse pen, New England Woodworkers can roll out exacting, handcrafted fences, arbors, and deck rails for every style and purpose. But it’s the company’s environmental bent that makes it the hands-down winner: Every installation is built with timber from its responsibly harvested Maine tree farm or with FSC-certified hardwood.
Sagamore Beach, 508-833-5175,

Garden center:
Russell’s Garden Center
Growers, meet your utopia: five acres of horticultural bliss, from the indoor greenhouse and bookstore to perennials and annuals galore—and did we mention the workshops and seminars? Then there’s the always impressive staff. Need advice on the vagaries of growing orchids, or a primer on fixing a drooping ficus? They have the answers. And for the gardener whose thumb has yet to turn green (or maybe never will), a flower shop on the premises sells arrangements that you can take all the credit for.
397 Boston Post Rd. (Rte. 20), Wayland, 508-358-2283,

Landscape architect:
Keith LeBlanc
Success in landscape architecture requires a big-picture approach that combines space, topography, scale, and the environment into one gorgeous, all-season experience, and Keith LeBlanc has mastered this. His team produces lush landscapes that work for any project size, from award-winning urban roof terraces to a -complete 20-acre farm overhaul.
535 Albany St., Ste. 5A, Boston, 617-426-6475,

Landscape construction:
D. Schumacher Landscaping
A young company with a big-name clien-tele, D. Schumacher has earned the respect of the region’s top -landscape architecture firms through skill, dedication, and good old-fashioned fine workmanship. The -company’s crew of 130 provides a full roster of services, and is particularly strong in masonry and long-term maintenance. Schumacher himself works on-site, constantly monitoring the acres entrusted to his care.
390 Pleasant St., West Bridgewater, 508-427-7707,

Outdoor furniture:
For a city whose residents spend most of the year indoors, Boston is curiously blessed with an outstanding- resource for outdoor living. Didriks stocks just a few lines of furniture, including U.K.-based -Barlow Tyrie and -California-based Modern Outdoor. Both are matchless in design and weather resilience. And to complete your outdoor entertaining service, the store also purveys elegant Heath Ceramics -dinnerware, handmade Italian pieces by Match Pewter, and Belgian table linens from Libeco.
190 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-5700,

Pool and spa design:
South Shore Gunite Pools and Spas
South Shore Gunite’s specialty is vanishing-edge pools, which provide unobstructed views of the landscape. Challenging to build and maintain, they benefit from an installer with real -expertise—which is exactly what this 35-year-old company offers.
7 Progress Ave., Chelmsford, 800-649-8080,