the garden’s many paths
and stairways include
stone steps (left) flanked
with yew and boxwood.
The steps are planted with
thyme and provide a
fragrant path to the private
guest suite and terrace,
where a bed of Nepeta and
peonies await. The floral
walkway (right) leading
from the rear to the front
gate is lined with astilbe in
the foreground, Siberian
iris, pink peonies, the
lime-green blooms of
Alchemilla mollis, and
more astilbe at the rear.
and color closer to the house. A stately beech,
which construction crews took great pains to
protect, anchors the plantings.
For extra color, Batchelor added
flowering shrubs such as ‘
Delaware Valley White’ azalea, oak
leaf hydrangea, mountain laurel,
Rhododendron maximum, and leucothoe, and
each year the homeowner plants abundant annuals that bloom all summer long.
The result is exterior spaces that link seamlessly. “We thought about how you’d transition
from one area to the next, to make it seem as
though the landscape was designed along with
the house,” says Batchelor. She connected each
area — the driveway, rear guest suite, lawn, pool,
and entertaining patios — with a path. A nearly
hidden staircase along the driveway wall leads to
a separate entrance to the guest suite, which has
its own patio.
Batchelor loves the idea of the homeowners
and their guests strolling along the many paths,
visiting the nooks and crannies of the property.
It’s as if those special spaces existed all along.