It's that time of year again; time for your garden to lie under the covers with its eyes shut tight. While the rain pours down and cold weather wraps stealthily around the rows, your garden must sleep through the bombardment of December and January.
Terry Rakolta has no trouble reeling off words to describe what she desired for her South Florida waterfront property, a wedge-shaped half-acre mostly swallowed up by a Mediterranean-style villa. "I wanted charming, romantic, mysterious, Old World," she says. Rakolta and her husband, John, who use the property as a winter getaway, often joined by their four children and four—soon to be five—grandchildren, also wanted more privacy.
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Margaret Joplin’s work has a definite elemental appeal. Its celebration of steel and stone speaks of earth and industry and craftsmanship. You can almost hear the sounds of forge and fire, hammer and chisel. And the studied awareness of water apparent in her landscapes is simpatico with the Southwestern surroundings that trigger Joplin’s creative muse.
Halfway to the pool house in Bunny Williams and John Rosselli’s garden in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, the path widens to accommodate a stone clearing no bigger than a bedroom. Dense foliage makes the spot invisible from anywhere else on the property. The only man-made object is a 19th-century Greek oil jar that Williams and Rosselli found on a trip to the South of France. At first glance the little clearing looks like a throwaway moment in a garden jam-packed with bigger gestures.
The wildflower garden leading up to Highgrove.
Frosted-blue foliage on delicate branches makes a striking contrast against the brown bark of Cupressus arizonica var. glabra ‘Blue Pyramid’. Much taller than wide, this upright, symmetrical form of Arizona cypress can reach 20 to 25 feet high by 10 to 12 feet wide in 10 years. Zones 6 to 9.
Native to the Canary Islands and Madeira — Juniperus cedrus has been listed as endangered since 2000 by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, but it is starting to regain ground. Both tall and broad, ultimately reaching more than 50 feet in height, this juniper is cloaked with graceful, dramatic swags of pendulous blue-green foliage. Zones 7 to 9.