Most gardens typically suffer from the late-summer doldrums, but September usually ushers in a new lease on life. Early fall is an ideal time to plant varieties that will add lasting interest and take your gardens well past the first deep frost.
It’s safe to say that most modernist architects prefer to see their residential creations anchored on flat planes of grassy lawn, but landscape designers often have additional ideas that can enrich a project further.
With corn as “high as an elephant’s eye,” it’s time to start thinking about cool-weather, edible crops, even if all you can bear to maintain is a beat-up whiskey barrel (perfect for arugula, by the way). “My favorites this time of year are the classics,” says April Gonzales, a Southampton-based garden designer who tends a sizable vegetable patch at her home.
In the late 1970s, when Walter Channing first laid eyes on some property along Scuttle Hole Road in Bridgehampton, it reminded him of a large farm that had backed up to his family home in Dover, Massachusetts. As a little boy, he would explore the fields and climb the trees on his neighbor’s land, always thinking of it as a giant playground. The prospect of re-creating this childhood wonderland on the East End of Long Island was compelling, and he began to acquire acreage in a very deliberate way.
Growing and arranging flowers IS Miriam Landsman’s life-long passion.Every year, inspired by the blooming of her climbing New Dawn roses, she hosts an outdoor tea party for mothers, daughters and granddaughters at her Cotswold-style manor house in Greenwich. In celebration of summer, friends are invited to participate in the art of conversation and the taking of tea. Creating the scene is like setting a stage reminiscent of early 19th-century England.
Bernard Trainor’s first impression of the land surrounding a house on a stretch of Big Sur coast was that it felt dispirited and inhospitable: A harsh climate of drenching rains, mists and howling winds had taken its toll and left the property fractured from its stunning Pacific view. Responding to the sound of crashing waves, his intuition told him to simply uncover a sense of place.
For Mark Drendel, the ringside seat to a hayfield framing the Shepaug River brought him back to his childhood on his family’s Tennessee farm and he fell for this Litchfield County house. He couldn’t resist the relaxed allure of rocking chairs and a porch swing. The full ambiance of the one-acre property clinched the deal when Drendel and his partner, Chad Conway, bought the Roxbury home in 2002.
A pool under the sun is the quintessence of summertime in the Hamptons. In his new book, The Good Garden (Monacelli), Manhattan- and Hamptons-based landscape architect Edmund Hollander has gathered some of the memorable pools and adjoining gardens he and his firm have created during the past several decades.
A turn of the century grand country residence located in the Pocantico Hills, is one of total surprise: a stupendous example of American country house living. Kykuit was originally designed by Delano & Aldrich and substantially expanded in the years that followed.
If you’re a hard-core garden Anglophile and a sucker for the tumbling cacophony of lush mixed borders barely contained within a tidy pattern of low, clipped box, then this is the garden for you. Jane Ellsworth’s Garden has the breezy confidence of a seasoned traveler and the subtle eye of a true artist.