Simply Elegant Solutions for a Small Scape

The goal was to create an English-garden landscape that tied in with the house, plus give the yard a spacious feel. Landscape architect Barry Block met the challenge.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBefore: For their newly constructed home on Long Island, the homeowners wanted a landscape that would provide a visual extension of the indoors.

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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.