Twenty-four years ago, Barbara Katz designed this hillside plot for a client. Enthralled by the results, she purchased it for herself and gave us a tour.
As you can see, this is not a simple flower garden. Its appeal depends on combinations of forms, textures, and foliage colors rather than oft ephemeral blooms. A self-described plant nerd who grows hundreds of different things, Katz keeps it from looking chaotic by restricting hues to certain areas. "So right now, the left hillside is maroon, yellow, pink, and blue while the right is orange, purple, and white," she explains.
Yellow Japanese forest grass, "Red Dragon" dwarf Japanese maple, and dwarf mugo pine woven in with other plants create a tapestry of varying hues, textures, and shapes beside the backyard waterfall.