RUGS AND CARPETING
perennials such as iris, lilies, asters, geraniums, and phlox in shades of pink, yellow,
white, and blue. Fence posts and swagged
ropes complete the enclosure. At the end
of each gravel path is an arched trellis supporting roses and clematis.
After he developed the areas close
to the house, Grossman created what he
calls his “farm pond,” a circular pool surrounded by wetland plants such as hostas, yellow flag iris, and rodgersia. A lacy
metal gazebo situated at the edge of the
pond provides a seating area with a view
of the house and its surrounding gardens.
Rose beds line paths leading from one garden to another.
“The farm pond is my personal riff on
Giverny,” Grossman says, recalling how he
was influenced by Claude Monet’s famous
gardens in the northern French community.
“I had a friend who worked there, so for
three days we went in when it was closed,
and I could really walk around and look.”
He also credits the iconic English gar-
grossman designed his gardens for maximum
pleasure, which includes views from each room
of his house. Here, a front-facing window looks
out over the cottage garden toward the farm
pond and its gazebo.