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Landscaping features, including sculpture and fountains, pierce this garden's formal lines and help create the illusion of space

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English-themed gardens often have the luxury of being situated on a large site. Applying the same formal lines in a limited amount of space can prove challenging.

Occupying a relatively narrow strip of land, the gardens pictured here surround a Cotswold-inspired, traditional-style home. Strategically placed landscaping features enhance the site's linearity and create focal points that integrate the home's exterior with the interior. They also help create an illusion of space, says landscape designer Jeremy Smearman, who collaborated with architect Keith Summerour on the project.

For example, a 9ft-high limestone replica of an Italian urn at the end of a garden path aligns with the master suite, while an arbor provides a preview of the fountain and another vista for a number of the home's living spaces.

Further emphasizing the elongated site is a heated lap pool, with a planter on each corner concealing a fountain. Filled with silver foliage, these sit in perfect symmetry with the porch's open fireplace. To ensure the pool blends in with the architecture of the house rather than detracting from it, it has been designed to resemble a reflecting pond.

As well as the wide porch overlooking the pool, other intimate garden retreats include the arbor and a pair of bench seats. These latter sit on either side of the path leading to the main fountain.

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Keeping everything in proportion to both the house and its environment was an important part of the landscape design.

"Set against a backdrop of dense forest, we didn't want to make the garden look as if we had turned our backs on the natural surroundings," says Smearman.

Box hedging around the side and front helps to anchor the house into the landscape. The pathways leading to the large fountain and sculpture are pierced with grass to soften the look of the stone.

Datura plants spurt out of planters that flank the pathway. Their presence is a tribute to the wilder elements at the periphery of the property.

First published date: 23 April 2004

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Landscape architect Jeremy Smearman, Planters (Atlanta, GA)
Architect (house) Keith Summerour, Summerour and Associates
Pool designer Keith Summerour
Pool surround Gray Crab Orchard
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