Landscape Innovator Winners
Our IDA winners have been announced! Discover who our judges picked for best in Landscape!
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Amazing Design Gates in the thuja maze allow for an everchanging configuration. Broad terraces are set in a middle valley that connects the house to the lawn. Stone steps lead to the maze entrance. Pool installation by Shoreline Pools. Terrace, pool, planters and plantings designed by Diane Devore. photographs by david heald
A life-size maze brings a touch of whimsy to this terraced garden
The landscape for this classic Westport home needed to pay homage to the surrounding neighborhood—old estates from the 1920s—while meeting the needs of new owners with three young children. It was left to Diane Devore, a registered Landscape Architect and principal of Devore Associates Landscape Architects, to deftly insert a series of working terraces leading from the house out into the surrounding landscape, much of which is classified as wetlands. The terraces are nestled along a valley at the center of the property. They do duty as grilling and seating areas, new pool and maze.
Chief among these new spaces is the native thuja (arborvitae) maze, which can be seen from above when entering the drive. The idea for the maze was inspired by one at Colonial Williamsburg, and its presence pays homage to the owner’s passion for early American antiques. The labyrinth was designed to engage the children and has the sneaky ability to reconfigure its route by pivoting nine different gates. A highlight every fall is when the white Peegee hydrangeas bloom, creating the perfect background to the maze.
“There were beautiful existing hydrangeas,” says Devore, “and fragrant Daphne transatlantica Jim’s Pride by the front door.” New plantings include roses, flowering perennials and shrubs, among these a variety of camellias. “We were able to use winter-hardy camellias in protected areas, and they have done very well,” says Devore.
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