WOODLAND SURPRISE Washington DC

Beneath a 100 year old Tulip Poplar in the center of the back yard of a French contemporary home in Chevy Chase lay a tangle of tree roots, pulled up flagstone, and a moss covered playhouse. But, unlike the witch’s cottage in Hansel and Gretel…the place could be charming.  A redesign plan includes adding arborvitae, boxwood, and a dwarf Japanese maple to complement the scale of the playhouse and create a natural focal point for the garden. The interplay between the dappled afternoon light and the autumn colors of heuchera, ferns, hellebores and hostas creates a pleasing vision. Courtyard gravel pads create a perfect tableaux for entertaining and an ancient birdbath, previously relegated to the garage, becomes the wildlife watering hole.  Voila! an afternoon delight is created.

Photos : Leah Roberts