Garden Of The Week2016-2017 Series 11
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Cheryl Fox & Phil Douville
Bloomfield, Connecticut
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"Welcome to Terrace Hill Farm"

spacerIn 1988 I discovered the ease of cultivation and great variety of daylilies and have never looked back. I now grow over 450 cultivars. I joined the Connecticut Daylily Society in 1991 and have made many, wonderful friends. I have served as secretary, treasurer and plant sale chair. My partner of six years, Phillip, is treasurer of CDS. In 2015 CDS hosted the Region 4 convention and Terrace Hill Farm was one of the tour gardens and featured the Stanley Saxton Seedling Award Bed.

spacerI could blame my passion for daylilies for the purchase of my current house. It was in 1995 that my late husband, Frank, and I discovered an 1870 farm house badly in need of work, but surrounded by 1.69 acres of land. Since I had a serious craving for more land to plant more daylilies and "companion plants," we did not hesitate to buy the property. The property hosted piles of slab lumber, tires, five chicken coops, farm equipment, the remains of a two-story hen house, a roadside stand on wheels, six foot high weeds, volunteer maple trees, one lilac, a few roses, Japanese bittersweet, rosa multiflora and poison ivy.

 Cheryl Fox and Phil Douville

spacerTwenty-one years later, informal, lush and expansive mixed borders and island beds surround the house. Collections of daylilies (of course), hosta, clematis, honeysuckle vines, hydrangeas and dwarf conifers are interplanted with companion perennials, grasses, shrubs and specimen trees. A garden devoted to hens and chicks and sedum is in front of a small barn. Paths wind through a shade garden featuring Japanese maples, hosta, native plants and wildflowers.

spacerPhillip, my "estate manager," has embraced the house and property. Next to a new sunroom, he built a curved brick patio which sits above a wall constructed of brownstone "quarried" on the property, as well as rescued from the foundation of a carriage shed. He also fenced in an area for lining out daylilies to protect from them from the deer. It has since become a garden where most of the daylilies now reside, with additional perennials, shrubs and small trees.

spacerIn the lower, wetter part of the property, where a brook and farm pond add water interest, several species of willows have been planted. Brownstone, from the smallest stone to large boulders have been used in various areas, to add hardscaping.

spacerA collector at heart, I have tried nevertheless to create gardens that are pleasing combinations of a variety of plants, while still indulging my passion for particular ones, especially the daylilies.

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