It's always helpful when you come across a space in a magazine that is not unlike your own. Maybe they're not exactly the same but there enough similar characteristics that you could imagine with a bit of work (or a lot of work and money!) that your own place could look comparable. When it comes to outdoor gardens, I'm usually at a total loss. I love everything from formal French gardens with neatly edged boxwood hedges to simple, clean contemporary spaces planted en masse with flowing grasses and sculptural trees. I don't even mind a rambling English country garden. However, I think I have finally found what is to me the perfect combination of all of the above styles and it just happens to be Julianne Moore's New York city garden planted on a lot not unlike my own.
The starting point for the project was the reclaimed bluestone pavers. As Moore recalls, "Horribly expensive, but I am so glad Brian talked me into it, because the whole space now feels totally grounded." The black basketball net almost disappears amongst the plantings.
Not long before meeting Moore, Sawyer had spent time in Ireland where we came across a lot of moist, hidden gardens. A lack of sun and drainage issues are common problems when it comes to urban gardens. Here a mixture of boxwoods and succulents in natural stone containers look completely at home.
The majority of the plants are green, green, green which contrast nicely with the red brickwork and black trim of the townhouse.
Rough hewn troughs from Original Stone Troughs contain both plants and water features and add texture and interest to the garden.
The kids tree (or branch) fort designed by artist Roderick Wolgamott Romero is perfectly disguised at the rear of the garden.
For more on Julianne Moore's garden check out the complete story here.Image credits: Christopher Baker for Architectural Digest.