The owners of this new Long Island home wanted their new landscape to be a reflection of the interior and exterior architecture of the house — an English-garden design with hydrangeas, boxwood and ornamental grasses. They also wanted to screen out unwanted views on all four sides of the lot.
One of the challenges for landscape designer Barry Block was to make this small (1/4 acre) property feel expansive. He would also need to create an outdoor living area that would reflect the classic chic of the home's interior.
Landscape designer Barry Block created an English-garden landscape that perfectly suits the house. Bluestone pavers, set in a grid pattern, widen the walk and help give the lawn a spacious feeling. Three dogwoods help direct traffic to the front door.
Fine LivingArborvitae, planted in a single row, screen the side yard. Retaining walls along the back and sides raised the grade of the sloped backyard.
Hydrangeas help soften the home's exterior with a color scheme of lavender, pink, blue and white, tying the front-, side- and backyards together. Jointed bluestone walkways are used throughout.
The pool house is a replica in miniature of the home's architecture. Clematis, perennials and ornamental grasses anchor the foundation.
The back of the house has four pairs of large French doors that view — and open onto — the porch, the pool and the landscape, so the streamlined simplicity of the outdoor design fits seamlessly with the classic chic of the interior. In the back of the property, arborvitae are planted in staggered clusters to suggest depth.
— Images courtesy of Barry Block