The Green Room
The boxwood parterre (a garden made of low, clipped hedges in tight patterns) is surrounded by taller hedge walls and a "doorway," suggesting a vast room.
A Place for Quiet Reflection
For Dianne Wallace, creating the garden was an intellectual as well as aesthetic pursuit: "I went through the process of educating myself before I took the giant leap and made it happen.
Wallace used a garage as the setting for a Cotswold cottage garden filled with foxgloves, hollyhocks, and wisteria.
A Cut Above
A scarlet dahlia from the cutting garden makes a bold statement.
Minding Her Manors
"The house truly deserved something special," says Wallace, who was inspired in part by England's Hidcote Manor garden, designed during the same period as her 1912 home.
A Floral Border
Clematis soften the pool fence.
Wallace avoided hot colors like fuchsia and yellow almost everywhere, preferring restful blues, whites, and purples, as in the salvia border surrounding the pool.
When work began on the new garden, Wallace's husband surprised her with a statue of Diana the huntress.
The Perfect Mix
A window box in the cottage garden is planted each year with a mix of lysimachia, ivy, phlox, and dahlias.
By Any Other Name…
Is there anything as classically beautiful as an old-fashioned rose?
This schematic shows the layout of the Wallace garden, replete with hedge-walled "rooms," stylish allées, and cottagey borders—all surrounding a sizable great lawn.
The Road Not Taken
The hawthorn allée—a grassy path lined with trees—is planted with purple alliums, irises, and lady's mantle.