The slightly offset symmetry of the pool steps and spa helps tie house and garden together without overwhelming the small space with a too-rigid formality.
Containers are grouped around the pool to emphasize the symmetry and add interest—Robert Norris uses mainly evergreens and some exotics such as agaves for their striking forms.
In the farther reaches of the garden, Norris blends structure into nature, relying on dogwoods, maples, cryp-tomeria, hydrangeas and magnolias for year-round interest. A concealed path runs around the back of the pool.
The creeks.. .are an active mystery,fresh every minute — annie dillard
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