A break in the border beckons you to enter. (A on site plan)
When I began working with one of my landscape clients, in 1988, he had been building his collection of trees and shrubs for many years. They had been assembled with little rhyme or reason, so he asked me to give the collection a sense of composition.
Of all the trees my client had amassed, he valued his Japanese maples the most, so these became the basis for my design. To show off the maples’ exquisite palette of color, form, and texture, I created a large crescent-shaped border behind his house to serve as a “gallery.” But rather than just lining them up in rows to be viewed as individual plants, I wanted the maples to be part of a pleasing ensemble with some of the other plants in the collection. The overall size of the crescent border and the interior lawn it surrounds is about a half acre, with the inside line of the border measuring 300 feet (see site plan).