Adding Structure and Grace to an English Garden - Mercer Island

These perennial borders (one area of a mature landscape) were wonderful in the summer but needed structure in the winter when all the perennials where dormant. They are also a long and proportionally narrow space.

A series of three circular brick patios are connected by curvilinear black crushed marble path. Brick matches the existing material as well as complements the English garden style. The shape allows entry and exit at any place on the circle which is useful in this long, narrow space, allowing one to stroll through the gardens enjoying the lush plantings. On the opposite side of the lawn a half-moon brick landing hosts an antique wrought iron bench. Boxwood hedges and architectural accents give the garden structure, age and pizazz. Shrubs and perennials were replanted in colorful masses.