|Behind the house and adjacent to the ravine, the serenity and contour of this space made an “Asian” atmosphere a natural theme. A flat wooden bridge over a Japanese drainage canal provides a focal point, especially from the second story deck. The canal flows dramatically after rains, carrying water from much of the property to the ravine below. Otherwise, a trickle of water is recirculated, bringing a constant flow over the rocky bottom of the canal as it weaves through the contours of the garden.
Lush textural plantings play off the strong forms of bamboo, Japanese maples and boxwood. Heavy shade and an abundant deer population were important in plant selection, the owners’ hosta collection being the only “non-deer-resistant” planting on the property.