In this second of my two-part series on the garden at The Charlotte Inn of Edgartown Massachusetts we see a clever border along the carriage house terrace. This bit of garden will look great even in the dead of winter as it's not dependent on annual floral planting for interest. The mix of greens and the Japanese-like waves of shape give it visual fluidity and order.
More shapes along the porch and a bowling green-like lawn are in keeping with the dignity of this simple post-colonial architecture.
The green cast-iron fountain livens up the stasis of all this ivy and box with its moving presence as a focal point. I very much admire the snow-drop-shaped copper lamps found everywhere in this elegant little masterpiece of a garden.
Space is at a premium here in these narrow garden rooms; the gardener has cleverly stacked his pots on a wall-mounted shelving unit painted glossy black. Very smart!
One of the most inventive side trips in this diminutive garden journey takes you to this cast-iron urn, and offers a pair of seats for a meditative pause. The four young sycamore trees lend a note of French formality here and play tricks of scale perception—shades of Le Notre! A little world is enormous in the inspired hands of this garden's creator. I never asked who made it; it's enough to me that it happened.