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MAY-JUN 2018

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is the perfect destination to unwind at the end of the day. "Nothing in that garden really draws attention—on purpose," he points out. From there, Grossman shifted his focus to the house. Originally, it was strangled in a nasty snarl of too many driveways and surplus garages. As soon as excess pavement was eliminated, he framed the cottage against a "hot garden" to jazz up the weathered shingles. Cresting the terrace on the house level, the color scheme is yellow, red, and orange. "It's the bright, vibrant Oz interlude," he says, referring to the combination of crocosmia, mandevilla, gladiolus, echi- nacea, daylilies, and Asiatic lilies. Leaving generous pockets for annuals, Grossman finds that broad swaths of color— even vibrant color—are easy on the eye. "Masses are more relaxing to look at," says the designer, who likes to group plants by color, not necessarily variety. "Massing creates his performance earnings. And garden work helped pay his tuition when he returned to Bennington for a master's degree in choreography. In 1993, Grossman decided to pursue garden design professionally. Five years later, he bought the Massachusetts cottage in need of renovation and began expressing himself horticulturally. His first move was to frame the preserved land with a water feature and a soothing blue-and-white color scheme. Color is critical to Grossman, and he harnesses it to quicken the pulse or slow down the tempo for more contemplative moments. The blue-and-white garden is meant to feel serene. Planting hydrangeas, astilbes, hostas, 'Sea Foam' roses, azaleas, peonies, foxgloves, echinacea, and abelia to underscore the white theme, he counterpointed those with blue asters, agastache, nepeta, Siberian iris, stokesia, baptisia, and caryopteris beside a reflective pool. The result COLOR IS CRITICAL TO GROSSMAN, AND HE HARNESSES IT TO QUICKEN THE PULSE OR SLOW DOWN THE TEMPO FOR MORE CONTEMPLATIVE MOMENTS. M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 8 | 71

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