The grounds around this 1724 Abiah Taylor House adjoin Taylor Run and the Stroud Preserve. As always, the masses of very specific herbaceous perennials were utilized. Closer to the home, insincere boxwoods were eliminated and a less-suburban, more authentic appearance devised.
The goal was to orchestrate a more gardenesque experience, while planting into the larger landscape presented by the preserve.
A native plant, meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegiifolium) adds height and fine textured beauty to plantings. ‘Black Stockings’ sweetens any scene with black stems that contrast prettily with blue-green leaves and lavender blooms. Meadow rue flowers in mid- to late summer and makes a good streamside or back-of-the-border plant. Blossoms beckon hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants grow 48 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Once a site for potato fields, the land surrounding this traditional home in eastern Long Island, N.Y., has since been transformed into a meadow with ornamental grasses and yellow flowers. By focusing on native plants, the landscape architects were able to limit harmful irrigation and pesticide use, as well as create a soft country setting.
A water feature complements a commissioned garden sculpture at the entry garden of Charlson Meadows, home of Life Science Foundation (LSF). The mission of LSF is “Using its land and resources, Life Science Foundation exists to create and provide environments for the public that renew, inspire, and enrich all life.” The entry creates a tactile, inviting, ADA compliant path to the main offices and allows easy and obvious access to the LSF Chalet.