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I love nature, so we try not to overly manipulate our garden,” says Holly. ” This avid horticulturist has become far more relaxed about her garden in recent years. “I’m just so glad when a plant likes a certain spot, and is thriving,” she says. ” Holly and Osamu have shaped their rectangular garden into a series of loosely linked garden rooms, each with its own distinct feel. While the design may be simple, the impact is powerful. A serene-faced stone Buddha centers the moss garden, a rich tapestry of soft, cushy green.

All the gray creates a calm oasis for art and the explosion of carefully contained, exuberant plantings. How in the world to choose just three trees and squeeze in vital plantings for color, food, and fragrance, like the sweet peas, strawberries, hydrangeas, and lilies I couldn’t do without? It was all a matter of planting only a few of what I love most. I remembered my yoga teacher repeating that freedom comes only through discipline, a maxim as true for gardening as for yoga. “The most modern thing about modern gardens is the appearance and feeling of effortlessness.

How to make a garden so very different from any I’d had before? I began with a central organizing concept to help me make the tough choices necessary to end up with a truly low-maintenance garden. Years ago I wrote a book about how visual artists go about garden making (Artists in Their Gardens, written with David Laskin) and remain fascinated by the fact that these artists always had a concept firmly in mind as they designed and worked in their gardens. The artists started with an idea of how they wanted their gardens to feel and look, and every decision served this concept as they set about molding outdoor space.

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