When Hoerr showed the Druckers his design, they questioned, "Shouldn't things be curving?" His response was, "No. If you look at the great English gardens such as Hidcote and Sissinghurst, they are strongly architectural, which complements a billowy planting style. In other words, squared beds show off rounded plants." The new plan organizes the yard into three segments based on a north-south axis from the terrace to the back of the property: an allée of columnar beech trees framing a serene swath of lawn--which is shown here--a formal garden of three boxwood parterres, and a terrace with water features, all linked by intersecting cross-paths.
The view from the back of the lot to the gable end of the 1920s brick house was aesthetically pleasing, but looking the opposite direction, Hoerr saw what he politely refers to as "a pathetic garage." Bob's daughter, an architect, designed a new structure, which Hoerr sited on the other side of the garden to make a theatrical backdrop. The gable end of the new garage contains a dovecote.
Bob and Rosie found the water trough and staddle stone (aka "mushroom stone") in England.
As seen from the boxwood parterres, the flower border features white 'David' summer phlox, yellow snapdragons, roses, dianthus, and butterfly bush. Pink mandevillas grow on the arch.
The flower border that grows under the allée of columnar beech trees can also be seen through inviting handcrafted iron arches positioned at the cross-paths.
A water-lily pond replaced the "perennials & annuals" indicated on Doug Hoerr's original sketch. The splashing music of the fountain masks the sounds of suburbia.
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English Garden on The Prairie
A garden remodel turns on the charm