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MAY-JUN 2018

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M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 8 | 75 COLOR ECHOES WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE Adeptness with color and a thorough knowledge of plants are the keys to Grossman's artful compositions IN CHOREOGRAPHY, the performers interrelate, and a garden should also connect its players in a fluid, unified expression. To accomplish that, Grossman picks up hints of color between plants. Sometimes it's a repeating hue bounced between blossoms, but often the repetition is subtle. Maybe a daylily echoes the yellow from the tips of a chamaecyparis's boughs or a blood-red blossom reads off the stem of a burgundy perennial. Whether it's the shade in a flower throat, the tinge of a leaf, or even the blush of a bud, everything becomes more meaningful when a dialogue is created. And when a garden includes annuals as well as perennials, shrubs, and trees, those echoes change every year. It makes for a dynamic but harmonious picture. Practicing the craft requires an astute knowledge of plants and their traits. Studying blooming times and becoming conversant with the plant from bud to seedpod are essential. The result is more than just a landscape—the composition is elevated to art. tempo. Like movement, the hues are jumping up in the air." Meanwhile, the house received a whole lot of cosmetic surgery, going from pathetic to pleasing. For the landscape at the front entrance, Grossman embraced a cottage feeling, selecting pastels played out in lilacs, roses, honeysuckle, yarrow, foxgloves, perovskia, and alchemilla. From there, he worked up the hill, adding a gazebo and another water lily pond. All the disciplines of florist, designer, and dancer come into play in this garden of many moods. When other designers talk about movement in the garden, they usually point to the swaying grasses or rustling leaves. Grossman takes all these elements into account for his plant and design selections, but he also thinks physically. "Diagonals move you through a space; they pull you along," he says about the hopscotch of colors along his paths, while "pairings stop action," referring to the twin globe arborvitaes on either side of an entryway. Grossman has applied thought and under- standing to every twist and turn. Perception and plot play out in space. It's an expertly choreographed performance that leaves one invigorated and always wanting more. For details, see Sources, see page 84 BELOW: In a brilliant balance of color, Allium sphaerocephalon complements 'Magnus' echinacea. RIGHT: Yarrow is part of the warm welcome in front of the house, while Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler,' a red-flowering honeysuckle, softens the entrance. OPPOSITE: Behind the house, Telekia speciosa (in the foreground) wades in a rivulet of yellow Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' and red Flower Carpet roses beside a checkerboard of thyme.

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