Formal structure, informal garden

The neoclassic details of the house demand a strong planting statement. A border of little gem boxwood gives the asymmetrical double-story columned entry an evergreen base that will remain a low perimeter skirt with taller flowering annuals in front that can vary from year to year. Verbena bonariensis made a flourish the first year and flowered through to frost. The front of the bed is planted with a dense row of Hameln grasses whose compact form contrasts with the airy quality of the verbena.

The newly shaped teardrop lawn in the back of the property is bordered by deep beds of flowering shrubs and perennials. Adding to existing plant material we arranged a dynamic garden with seasonal interest. Some featured plants are tiger lily, scabiosa, sedum, stock, sage, peony, Joe Pye weed, dahlia, false indigo, Astrantia, Japanese anemone, delphinium, geranium Rozanne, bearded iris, perennial sunflower, and cup plant. Annuals such as amaranth, sunflowers and nicotiana were also included.