?I wanted to sit at my piano in the living room,? says the homeowner, ?and look outside and rest my eye on something
stimulating and beautiful. My husband wanted to be able to see a seasonal vista and relax in the relative privacy in our own space.?
The couple decided against what they saw as the prevalent style of the day?the English cottage garden. ?We wanted something modern, clean, unusual but not jarring,? she says, ?a space filled with a wide variety of sophisticated, informal plants. We were inspired by modern garden designers such as [Dutch plantsman] Piet Oudolf.?
A clump of tufted dwarf papyrus sprouts from a corner of the pond.