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Peace lilies surround a stone rill and fountain designed by Terry Rakolta, the homeowner, in collaboration with Jorge Sanchez, in a “jungly” area appropriated from a former driveway.
Bougainvillea ‘New River’ climbs the walls of a brick-paved interior courtyard with a circular wall fountain, next to which, in space reclaimed from an oversized driveway, Sanchez & Maddux created an informal, intensively planted area, referred to as “the jungle.” Here the classical symmetry and careful balance of the more formal waterfront areas give way to a naturalistic style.
Closing off part of the original driveway with a decorative iron gate to create the space was a “stroke of genius,” Rakolta says. Centered around a big banyan tree, with curved brick walkways and plantings inspired by the rain forests of South America, this hidden garden is redolent with the seductive fragrance of Cananga odorata (ylang-ylang) and Michelia champaca, a magnolia relative (think Joy perfume). “It's wonderful in the evening,” Sanchez says. “Usually one or the other is in bloom, and it makes the space very romantic.”