To create the sense of a secret outdoor room, partners Robert Khazzam and Kevin Treanor planted a woodland garden, complete with a “forest floor” and a canopy of trees that provide deep shades of green and dappled sunlight in their private oasis.
The “forest floor” or understory is planted with a variety of uniquely textured and colorful plants.
For the path, Khazzam and Treanor chose cement stepping-stones that had been dyed and cast to resemble the cross-sections of large tree trunks. “The resemblance is uncanny!” Khazzam explains. “We set them in an informal, meandering way that winds through the middle ground of the shade garden and invites you from one end of the garden to the other.”
Pictured left: Bold spring color pops with Rhododendron 'Roseum Elegans' on the left and Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla' in red at right. In the foreground a blend of cranesbill geranium hybrids and swanky variegated hostas.