Unexpected details add spice to a luxuriant formal garden
Photographed by Kerry Michaels
This lush mixed border contains a red Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) found as a seedling at Donna’s great aunt’s house, porcupine grass (Miscanthus ‘Strictus’), and a weeping katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum)
Fourteen years ago, when plant collectors Doug and Donna Morris went house shopping, they knew exactly what they wanted. "When we were looking for a house, we were really looking for a yard, and the house just happened to fit us," Doug says of the property they bought in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The lot—Doug and Donna's future garden—measured just over one-third of an acre and came with a historic Greek Revival house. David Moody, a carpenter, built the clapboard cape in 1846 along with the surrounding homes, but the Morris's dwelling was where Moody lived.