I Double waterfalls and naturalistic boulders define the koi pond.
n a small, affluent town just 35 miles west of New York City, designer Lisa Mierop, apld, turned a classically humdrum back yard into exactly the kind of open and welcoming space her clients had hoped for. The project was approached and executed with the intention of creating “a grand oasis featuring dramatic, painterly vistas surrounding a family-friendly space set up for entertaining children and grandchildren.” Through her tasteful hardscape design and creative planting combinations—shrubs interacting with multi-layered perennials that offer four-season interest—her work seamlessly merges the tone of the natural environment with the practical needs of her clients. CHRISTOPHER FREIMUTH
Materials matter. When thinking about your planting design, don’t forget that the frame for your garden is its hardscape. Choices regarding the texture of a patio stone, for example, or the material used in a deck railing can vastly change the way your garden is viewed and experienced. STEAL THI S: