Any garden -- large or small, urban or country -- can take a few cues from the use of formal effects at Hollister House in Connecticut. The key is to divide your space into a dynamic series of visual events.
Create Strong Geometry
Formal gardens have long relied on squares and rectangles to define space. These hedges, walls, and pathways provide a sense of structure and hold in blowsy flower beds and shrubs. Counterintuitively, the visual trick often makes small spaces seem larger.
EXPERT TIP: Use dwarf boxwoods or raised beds to create a garden of square planting beds where there would ordinarily be an open lawn or a terrace.
Find the Right Stone and Brick
A former antiques dealer, Hollister House owner George Schoellkopf is a great believer in patina. He uses the rougher backside of cut stone for steps so their surface reveals a more natural, appealing texture. He also prefers hand-molded bricks that show small imperfections.
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