This English-style garden was designed to complement a 1930s Austin-stone Tudor home on Dallas’ Strait Lane.
The homeowner is an avid gardener, who asked us to include dozens of plant varieties in our plan. We wound up installing 600 perennials in one day. Some were native, some were adapted, and some were hybrids. In the end, we found many ways to have these non-English plants resemble intensively planted perennial borders.
The lot was long and narrow; the owners wished to screen their neighbors’ lots, without creating a tunnel effect. A loosely placed mix of evergreen trees — including Arizona cypress, eastern red cedar, magnolias, and hollies– softens the fence line.
Soil excavated for the pool was used to create a berm, perfect for lavender, lamb’s ear, roses, and other plants requiring excellent drainage. The berm also broke up the lot visually, giving a greater sense of privacy and mystery.