The garden of Carol & Lee Jacobsen is evolving from a traditional one-half acre waterfront property to a more contemporary garden with grasses, limited lawn and massed perennial plantings. Original azalea foundation plantings have been moved out to the road. The lawn is now configured in paths to connect areas that have been replaced with waves of color, shapes and textures. Near the entrance, color is achieved by selecting plants with 3 or 4 season interest. Flowers in a full range of color emerge from spring through fall. On the south side of the house, native growth has been allowed to flourish on the shoreline, providing privacy and giving the property a more natural appearance from the water. A natural, primarily green palate is used so as not to distract from the views. Along the property lines, hydrangea, viburnum and grasses supplement the established hedge for privacy and a softer, more interesting property line. Rain water from the roof, which previously went into the river, has been redirected to the more intensely planted areas and a rain garden. The owners replaced most of the pavers and concrete patios with wooden decks and gravel walkways, thus making their waterfront property bay-friendly.
Patsy and Bill Tutt found this lovely property, with a gorgeous view of the Norris Bridge and the Corrotoman and Rappahannock Rivers in 2003. They have redesigned the house and garden to their taste and style to produce a delightful, unique home. The waterside garden has been sculpted with planted, structured terraces, which lead to a lower level where a dry stream bed controls runoff from the rain. There are several seating areas hidden among the plants to invite relaxing and admiring the view. Charming features, such as old garden gates, add interest to the plantings. The Tutts especially enjoy their crape myrtle, holly, daylily, and Japanese maple specimens. Red-flowering plants complement the red architectural elements on the water side of the house. Be sure to enjoy the boxwood seating area and Bill’s organic vegetable garden on their lot across the road from the house. This fascinating property presents a planned landscape with a seemingly random placement, which gives a comfortable, interesting feel.