Flower Magazine

MAR-APR 2019

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outbuildings—a pump house, two barns, and chicken coop among them—bearing witness to its agricultural roots. Beyond its agrarian roots, the property also had a design legacy. In the 1960s, the late local garden designer Lloyd Lawton had created a woodland garden, including siting trees and shrubs where they would thrive. In the 1980s, the owners crafted undulating borders that brought in busloads of tourists and earned a segment on PBS's The Victory Garden. The border iteration, however, did not mesh with Browne and Marsh's style; they wanted a framework that related to the house. Little Compton has inherent personality and history, and its slow and unstudied lifestyle was Browne's muse from the beginning. Beneath the majestic trees planted many decades ago, Browne crafts plantings that hug the land as it rises and falls. "Roly poly land" is what she calls it. Meanwhile, the couple added more than 500 trees and shrubs to fortify the midlayer below the canopy. To make sure her instincts were on target, Browne called in consultants such as landscape architect Beatrix Farrand and scholar Diane Kostial McGuire, who guided the process for the first five years. In addition to creating a large rock garden and a shrub walk, McGuire informed what should be CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A border is planted with colorful tulips. • Native Wisteria frutescens climbs a pergola by the summerhouse. The border is filled with Phlox divericata 'Blue Moon,' Asian woodland peony, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola,' epimedium, ajuga, and other performers. • Daisy and Annabelle join Browne for her gardening chores.

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