Andrew Grossman believes in the power of color. The landscape designer advises his clients, who have gardens in Massa- chusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and beyond, to mass plants of a single palette for maximum impact.
“One hydrangea in bloom is just one hydrangea in
bloom,” he says. “If you have 15 or so in bloom, you have a
showstopper. Unless I frame a doorway or a trellis, I never
use just one plant.”
He also considers the big picture and chooses plants
with long blooming periods. “It’s not about one plant
looking good,” he says. “Everything has to look good and
deliver a visual experience.” A plant that blooms for a long
time, he points out, is easier to pair with complementary
andrew grossman stands in the doorway of his circa 1880
Cape-style house (above). The “farm pond” (left) supports
moisture-loving plants such as primula, iris, trollius, lobelia, and
ligularia. Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ climbs the trellis of the metal
gazebo at the water’s edge, framing the view to the house.