The Art of Autumn
A garden in Pennsylvania kicks into high gear just as the growing season winds down. See how flaming fall colors and tawny grasses exhibit the season’s remarkable changes in depth, texture and color.
By mid-October, the modernist garden Lisa Roth designed in semirural Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, will be a luminous tableau. The flaming colors of the surrounding deciduous forest intermingle with a tawny palette of grasses, and as the sun progresses across the sky, the garden exhibits remarkable changes in depth, texture and color. It is a scene of painterly beauty, augmented by the clients' outdoor sculptures, which rise gracefully from the landscape. Such an artful sensory display is just what Roth, a landscape architect based in Devon, Pennsylvania, envisioned for the site. “I was taught to view landscape architecture as a mix of art and nature, a feeling that makes me believe that a designer needs to respect the land and at the same time not be timid about putting forward a vision.”