2207 Harcourt Drive (1993, 2002)
This lovely Georgian Revival house was built in 1906 as part
of the new development of
Inspired by a 1996 garden tour to
One is asked to imagine a summer garden in full bloom. Perennials such as penstemon, yarrow, balloon flower, veronica, thalictrum, delphinium, phlox, monarda and oriental lilies as well as self seeders like nicotiana, feverfew and larkspur share the border with old fashioned annuals such as zinnias, cosmos, salvia and ageratum. Clematis and roses bloom intermittently. It is a veritable garden "bouquet" at its peak in July.
Along the fence on the north side is a mixed sun and shade border. At the sunnier end, daylilies, sedum, "Autumn Joy", goatsbeard, bleeding heart, filipendula and asters share space with ornamental grasses, barberry spirea, and a fairy rose bush ľall preceded by bulbs in the spring and interlaced with anemones in the late summer. Further back the border becomes shadier with hydrangeas and rhododendrums intermixed with ferns, astilbes, giant solomon's seal, thalictrum and lenton rose.
Tucked in the back corner through a pergula laden with sweet autumn clematis, a "fairy garden" offers a cool respite from the heat of summer afternoon. A surprise illusion on the carriage house beckons the visitor into another garden of hostas, astilbes, ferns and witchhazel bushes. Little whimsical sculptural objects are glimpsed between plants.
As you are leaving, one more border garden begs your attention. Along the driveway, Joe Pye weed and red twig dogwood vie for space. Further along, three varieties of buddleia, and ornamental grasses drape over spent peony bushes. A butterfly house is nestled among the buddleia awaiting its elusive occupants.
Fourteen varieties of hostas
Cast toadstools in the fairy garden, plus a morel mushroom
Some hidden fairies among the plantings
Robin's nest in the arch