A charming house in a densely-built village on the Connecticut coast had just a side garden that fronted the busy street. How to make it at once gracious from the street, but thoroughly private from within?
A charming house in a densely-built village the Connecticut coast had just a side garden that fronted the busy street. How to make it at once gracious from the street, but thoroughly private from within?
- The house & its one-story wing embrace the side yard. The picket fence itself wouldn't provide sufficient privacy.
- Through the gate, visitors see colorful horticulture but also, mysteriously, a sloping wall of ivy.
- Once inside the gate, the thick wall of ivy is only more impressive.
- Following left along the walkway, visitors perceive that, not only is the ivy "wall" curved, it's sloping. The private portion of the garden begins to come into view.
- Seen from within, the ivy "wall"—actually, ivy trained through custom chain-link fence—only becomes more interesting. It's a sloping curve. At this, the higher end, it encloses an incredible yellow-leaved ghost bramble.
- As the ivy fence curves farther into the side garden, ever lower, it curves in reverse to embrace the dining portion of the terrace.
- When seated at the table, the ivy fence is high enough to provide full privacy from the street—but has sloped enough that, from the table, the view over the ivy to the remarkable gold ghost bramble is easy.
- From the corner door of the house, the diminutive scale of the available space is clear. There wasn't room for privacy created by free-range shrubbery; the ivy fence is just eighteen-inches thick.
- From the second floor, the serpentine ivy fence is as striking as the colorful horticulture, in-ground & in containers, through which it courses.