Twenty-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.
Email: Cheryl Fox & Phil Douville at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phillip, 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.
In 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.
A 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.