Wildwood Gardens, Larchmont, NY
Beautiful at any moment of the year, Wildwood Gardens is at its best in early spring. Over 20,000 Virginia bluebells create carpets of blue which merge with clumps of delicate heirloom narcissus (over 50 varieties), thousands of English and Spanish bluebells, crocus, early flowering Dutchman's britches and a forest of tree peonies, This modestly sized property is developed to maximize the sense of scale and extended vistas into neighboring wetlands and waterfront areas.
Appropriately, the front facade of the house is by far the most austere, with a long rolling lawn extending down from the stucco walls and large terrace. Discretely tucked behind the house, the pool garden, pergola retaining wall and border gardens relate a vision similar to a giant vase overflowing with flowers. The rolling greensward on the west side of the house features an arboretum of burgundy foliage trees, including a variety of European copper beeches and Japanese maples. The specimen redwood tree, columbines, and collection of Exbury azaleas and rhododendrons pay homage to the owner's Pacific Northwestern roots.