Blooming Urn

An urn, painted with buttermilk to encourage a mossy patina, is filled with purple sage, pansies, licorice plant, and a conifer.

Potager

The Colonial Revival garden is not confined just to herbs. It also doubles as a potager and includes perennials.

Climbing Roses

To weave the rock garden and house into the perennial border, Glenn chose an adept climber, the ultra-hardy electric pink rose ‘William Baffin.’

Climbing Roses Detail

‘William Baffin’ roses are more suitable for colder climates than most roses.

Bluestone

Hand-trimmed bluestone is accented with sedum.

Portrait

Homeowner and landscape designer Glenn Hillman.

Herb Garden

The lovely linchpin in the property’s layout is the herb garden, with its boxwood sentinels, ‘Palibin’ lilac standards, and mirrored lattice arbors imposing symmetry among the gold, silver, and green herbs.

Perennial Border

Hemming a lawn on all sides, the perennial border keeps a constant color dialog bouncing between flowers and foliage.

Rock Garden

Glenn built up a wall to shoulder the rock garden terrace, adding pockets for planting.

Colorful Blooms

Although Glenn juggled their positions, the peonies and irises came with the house. He added perennials Salvia ‘Caradonna,’ lamb’s ears, Phlox ‘Nora Leigh,’ and Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink’ to emphasize stem colors and foliage hues.

Garden Shed

Set at the end of a pear allée, the shed is modeled after a pavilion in Williamsburg.

Irises

This showy purple heirloom variety of iris smells just like bubblegum, Glenn says.

Brickwork

Glenn chose bricks for the garden’s paths and edgings because they are timeless and mellow with age.

Sunroom

The sunroom features sweeping vistas of the lush greenery beyond. Abundant windows allow for easy flow between the indoor space and the garden.

Sunroom Details

Glenn dabbles in topiaries, sequestered here.

Sunroom Details

The sunroom doubles as a nursery, where Glenn can work on rooting and potting his plants.

Arbor Entry

The latticework arbors on either end offer a lovely view across the garden.

Hostas

Hostas flourish in the shadier parts of the garden.

Terrace rockery

Dianthus has crept beyond the rock terrace to swarm around a garden chair.

Armillary

This antique astronomical device adds interest in the herb garden.

Woodland Area

Glenn achieves a woodland look in this shady glade.

Bee Skep

A reproduction bee skep with a base built by Glenn’s father sits amid southernwood, iris, cornflower, and chives.

Blue Blooms

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ is a true blue, a rarity in the garden world.

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Classic Connecticut Garden

Charming details dot this Colonial Revival garden

Written by Tovah Martin
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Bee Skep

A reproduction bee skep with a base built by Glenn’s father sits amid southernwood, iris, cornflower, and chives.

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