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.
Taking a cue from nature, the inspiration for the design of the garden came from the existing trees and paying attention to the degree of light dancing across the border fronting the woodland. Khazzam selected shade-loving plants combining flower color, leaf texture, and bloom time.
“The perennial borders were inspired by the designs of Gertrude Jekyll who emphasized short plants in the front, mid-sized plants in the middle and taller ones in the back,” Khazzam explains. “We arranged the understory specimens in a repetitive pattern facing the house in an arched border fronted by an area for a perennial border and a foreground of grass.” The alternating color was inspired by the pleasant effect and mood Khazzam felt the pastel colors created.
Pictured left: The border early in the season with both Rhododendron 'Roseum Elegans' and Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla' in full bloom. Later in the season the white flowered Doublefile Viburnum and Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire' with its hot colored new growth adds zest followed by a huge show of feathery astilbe hybrids and creeping cranesbill geranium hybrids.