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An Eye for TranquilityA new garden blends best into the setting when its style reflects the character of local landscapes. At this weekend getaway in New York dairy-farming country, the homeowners used meadowlike borders of grasses and perennials to "naturalize" the lap pool, sheds, and stone paving.
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Frame a ViewTwin arborvitae guard the overlook to a stunning panorama.
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Path's EndThe same arborvitae pair, glimpsed from the path's end. The glass door lets you see straight through the house to the view on the other side.
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Unite House and GardenExtending the geometry of a house into plantings merges architecture and landscape. Just as stone terraces and low beds of nepeta underscore the building's horizontal lines, ironweed, evergreens, and grasses echo the verticality of its tower.
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Purple ReignSurprise touches in the secret garden include gravel paths with zigzags and a mirror hung behind morning glory.
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Meandering WelcomeSide paths invite detours between beds.
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The HomeownersThe subtle linkage of indoor and outdoor spaces reflects design ideas that the homeowners, Larry Wente, left, and Jack Hyland, gleaned from visits to Italian villas.
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Taking It InBroad sweeps of color in the foreground and strategic gaps between the trees (grouped as a windbreak) draw a beautiful horizon into the garden view.
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Repeat MotifsRhythmic repetition of color and texture -- gold rudbeckias, feathery grasses -- harmonizes the area beside the pool, where a multitude of tones would break the calm.
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Keep It GreenEco-friendly gardens are easiest to maintain when equipment is handy. Sheds obscure the compost bins and act as a gateway to a "garden" of solar collectors, which help power the property.
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Lead the WayA mix of brilliant containers, bold structures, and other markers guides and entices visitors through the space. The hosta-lined rill points the way to a bamboo grove.
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High PointsSymmetrical grasses enhance the visual magnetism.
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Touch of BlueA single blue pot leads the eye through a wisteria arbor.
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