The Big Reveal

Above: The view off the dock to Long Island Sound, where the homeowners swim and kayak all summer.

Making the most of land and sea, this Riverside garden is lush in and of itself, yet also ultimately frames a breathtaking view of Long Island Sound. Designers at Sasco Farms Landscape Design took great care to create a slow reveal for visitors as they walk the property. Step by step, the property offers up a new delight, establishing a playful expectation of what is to come next. From the reconfigured driveway to the rose garden, to the rear terrace and lush lawn, the magic of the design comes from showcasing a superb water view—the perfect backdrop for parties.

“We tried to keep it relaxed and not overdone, with just subtle touches of color,” says Dianna Cutler, the owner of Sasco Farms.

With a mix of plants like allium, roses and walkers low neppeta and a healthy dose of lush greens, designers John Lloyd and Selim Yolac infused the garden with relaxed formality, which makes guests feel welcome and just as at home as the family who lives there.

Photographs: Stacy Bass

A mix of greenery along the driveway.
A mix of greenery along the driveway.
Early on in the project, Sasco Farms Landscape Design reconfigured the home’s driveway. The most formal part of the garden is this adjacent courtyard.
Early on in the project, Sasco Farms Landscape Design reconfigured the home’s driveway. The most formal part of the garden is this adjacent courtyard.
Custom iron gates lead visitors out of the courtyard.
Custom iron gates lead visitors out of the courtyard.
The landscaped path to the front door.
The landscaped path to the front door.
The rear patio is covered in climbing wisteria. Walkers low neppeta and globes of allium provide pops of color.
The rear patio is covered in climbing wisteria. Walkers low neppeta and globes of allium provide pops of color.
The rear patio is the perfect spot for summer parties and casual meals with family and friends.
The rear patio is the perfect spot for summer parties and casual meals with family and friends.
An urn on the back patio holds a beautiful arrangement of succulents.
An urn on the back patio holds a beautiful arrangement of succulents.
The homeowners can take a dip in the Sound or their pool.
The homeowners can take a dip in the Sound or their pool.
One of two Buddha statues on the property overlooks the swimming pool.
One of two Buddha statues on the property overlooks the swimming pool.

 

 

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