EAST WALNUT HILLS RESIDENCE
The clients, advocates of the arts, have a strong aesthetics sense. Their beautifully detailed Tudor home of stone and wood required a carefully considered landscape, one with a diverse palette yet composed with simple elegance. Massings of plant material are placed to emphasize vantage and focal points. The front entry garden is composed of drifts of shrubs and ornamental grasses with accents of small flowering trees. Entry stone steps with a custom iron railing placed between the plantings create a welcoming entry to their front terrace. The foundation planting is purposefully minimal, accented by a Japanese maple and low ground cover. The south bank with a perennial garden inspired by works of the English gardener, Gertrude Jekyll is foreground to a view of the Ohio River. On the east, large shade trees casting shadows and filtered light create a setting for the tranquil shade garden and patio. The garden is enclosed by a redwood trellis fence accented with the slate of the house’s roof. Varying tones of green are highlighted with a pastel palette of flowers that bloom throughout the seasons. The stone terrace is intimate in scale, easily accessed from the living room and accented by a stone wall with seasonal plantings. A lower terrace, surrounded by summer blooms and fitted with Richard Shultz Topiary chairs, takes in the river view.