Green Acres

The eclectic property consists of a main house, guest cottage, three red antique tobacco barns, a pool area and a racetrack. But there’s no identity crisis here: All of these elements are tied together by landscaping with an English cottage feel.

Dining Al Fresco

The Wiehls enjoy entertaining outdoors. "What I love about the pool is that it's so sheltered," Dana says. "You feel you're being hugged by the long tobacco barn."

Cascading Blooms

The landscaping frames and flatters the hardscape elements of the property.

Pool Vista

Landscape architect Brian Cossari added cutting gardens so the Wiehls could have flowers for bouquets all summer.

Classic Touch

An urn on a pedestal lends a classic touch. Hidden behind the house, the pool area adds an element of surprise and makes the pool area feel secluded.

Contemporary Seating

Sleek outdoor furniture works surprisingly well with the weathered red wood.

Stone Steps

Landscape architect Brian Cossari constructed stone retaining walls and steps made of stones from the local quarry.

Privet Hedge

A privet hedge and plenty of plantings for texture add interest to the patio and pool.

Pretty Pergola

The pergola is topped with Japanese wisteria, helping to shade the table.

Draped Columns

Draping the columns lends a touch of formality for a special occasion. The pool area’s columns allude to the columns on the main house. Bluish-purple salvia adds a jolt of color.

Traditional Armillary

An armillary, set on a column for added height, makes a good focal point.

Guest House

Painted red, the guest house blends nicely with the barns and is handy to the pool.

Flowing Shrubs

Loose shrubs and colorful blooms help create the English garden feel.

Fencing Solution

Here you can glimpse the mesh that is part of the fencing. “We put in paddock style fencing that meets the pool code with a wire mesh—low in visibility,” landscape architect Brian Cossari says.

A Place to Perch

Homeowner Dana Wiehl set an antique English iron bench in a glade of ferns and hostas.

Cohesive Look

“Greek Revival on a farmhouse is very unusual,” landscape architect Brian Cossari says. “Our goal was to tie in the new structures with the existing architecture for a coehsive look.”

Worn Patina

The worn patina on the urn adds to its charm. Spikes enhance its verticality.

Ladys Mantle

Ladys Mantle has delicate sprays of yellow blooms and leaves that cup water droplets from rain.

Red, Red Rose

Red roses can always be relied on to lend a cottagey look.

Cheery Windowboxes

Windowboxes help the barn get ready for its closeup.

Portrait of the Homeowners

Dana and Richard Wiehl.

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English-Inspired Connecticut Garden

This Bridgewater property is Americana with a hint of English cottage

Written by Susan W. Capparelle
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Green Acres

The eclectic property consists of a main house, guest cottage, three red antique tobacco barns, a pool area and a racetrack. But there’s no identity crisis here: All of these elements are tied together by landscaping with an English cottage feel.

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