Xanadu 3: First Season in the Garden
In the year or two after the initial planting season, the herbaceous & annual components of the overall plant palette rocket to maturity. Shrubs & trees take years more—sometimes decades. Nonetheless, even at this early stage, the eventual balance of plant growth to hardscape layout is finally suggested.
- To the side of the poolhouse is the large square bed planted with a trio of weeping beeches. In decades to come, the beeches will extend outward extravagantly. The bed of hostas now roasting in full sun be cast into dense shade, as will the entire dining terrace at the front of the poolhouse, out of view at the left. In the distance, the huge shade structure (whose top beams are the height of the first-floor beams of the house).