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Though less cold-hardy than many macrophyllas, the profusion of saturated rose-pink mopheads of 'Maréchal Foch' makes it a favorite as an indoor plant in cooler regions.

[2] H. QUERCIFOLIA 'SNOWFLAKE' Handsome oaklike foliage and attractively peeling silvery brown bark are reasons enough to plant any quercifolia, but this selection also features foot-long, pyramidal, drooping heads of sterile flowers that look like stacked stars. Expect it to reach 8 feet tall and nearly as wide.

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hands and melting like a snowjlake—FRAN CIS BACON


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designing with hydrangeas ■ White-flowered selections create the illusion of snowballs in summer, especially on plants grown in partial shade. ■ Mass pink and blue types with similarly colored garden phlox (Phlox paniculata selections) and lilies for a visual confection of candy colors. ■ Blue selections look like sapphires against a gray wall or set alongside a slate patio. ■ Macrophylla selections make imposing container plants—feature a pair in big lead-colored urns—and paniculata selections can be maintained as good-sized "trees" in large terra-cotta pots. Remember hydrangeas in containers will need extra watering. ■ Quercifolias are the boldest and have the coarsest texture of the lot, lending visual strength to shrub borders and woodland plantings.

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'Tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes—W illiam WORDSWORTH

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When Paul Junger Witt and Susan Harriswantto get away,they skip the airport hassles and jet lag. Instead,Witt, a film and TV producer, and Harris, aTV writer/producer, motor up the California coast from their home in Brentwood and, in just over an hour, are comfortably ensconced at their seaside retreat on Rincon Point just outside Carpinteria. "We love to be here without the phone ringing. It feels much farther away from L.A. than 76 miles," says Witt, who produced the movies Insomnia, Three Kings and Dead Poets Society.The couple's stylishly understated weekend escape began as one house over 20 years

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ago. Back then, they hired Santa Barbara-based Eric Nagelmann to design a "wild, natural and unrestrained" garden to blend with the rugged, windswept site. "We wanted it to look like he hadn't been here, like it just grew," says Harris, whose sitcom credits include Soap, Benson and The Golden Girls.

Then, in the early '90s, the couple bought the house next door, razed it and built a guesthouse. "With five children and two grandchildren, we needed more room,"Witt says. Afterward, Nagelmann knit the two lots together and softened the architecture using lavish masses of hardy rugosa roses, grasses and sedges such as Ravenna grass and Carex pansa, westringia, lavender and lan-

tana.The result is a dreamy oceanfront paradise worthy of a five-star resort. function: Witt and Harris visit their weekend getaway throughout the year to indulge their passions for reading, long walks, playing charades and lingering over casual meals of salad and grilled fish. "We have a blended family, so the garden is full of happy memories of when the kids have all gotten together," Harris says. form: "Paul and Susan wanted a full view of the beach, but they wanted privacy, too," Nagelmann says. He removed a fence that once separated his clients' beach house

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Top:The shady entry courtyard is filled with hydrangeas and Impatiens balfourii. Right:A removable canopy blocks the sun's glare in summer, the outdoor fireplace warms the patio in winter.

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Alone I walked on the ocean strand, a pearly shell was in my hand—H ANNAH FLAGG GOULD

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decor and wood deck from the neighboring property, now the guest quarters with a pergola shading a cozy fireplace and spacious Cantera stone patio. He built a massive seawall out of basalt boulders, which added 8 feet to the garden, and finished it with a wrought-iron gate based on an original at the Casa del Herrero estate in nearby Montecito. style: Exposure to the seashore's extreme heat and cold, drying winds and corrosive salt spray made decorating with sturdy furniture and plants a must. "The garden is kind of glamorous without being too 'done,'" Nagelmann says. "There's a practicality to it because things have to stand up to the harsh elements." plants: Harris asked for pink and purple blooms, but since she and Nagelmann were on the same

Right:AWeatherend bench sits on a carpet of zoysia atop the new seawall—an ideal spot for watching the sun set. Opposite:A small patio between the two lots gets both sun and shade next to an Australian tea tree.

page, the couple otherwise gave him free rein. "What's so unusual about this garden is how unplanned it was.There were never any drawings; it just evolved,"

she says. In the entry courtyard, hydrangeas, Impatiens balfourii and nemesia clamber around clipped boxwood and potted junipers, while 'Checkerboard' fuchsia, bougainvillea and podranea spill over a pergola. Along the beach, Carexglauca and

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Ravenna grass sprout from the sand, westringia buffers the deck, and small Australian tea trees (Leptospermum laevigatum) hide the pergola supports. Side hedges of Melaleuca nesophila and Pittosporum crassi-jolium screen out neighbors, and thorny 'Mermaid' roses discourage trespassers. furnishings: The pergola's gossamer polyester canopy shelters a faux-stone dining table lit by a crystal chandelier, McGuire rattan seating and an antique Indian bed upholstered in fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric. The deck featuresWeatherend teak chaises and tables, Santa Barbara Umbrella umbrellas and washable white terry-cloth slipcovers. A small patio tucked beneath an existing Australian tea tree recycles a wicker sofa and armchairs found in storage. Whether old or new, almost everything has taken on a weathered patina the owners adore. "We had some wood furniture re-finished, but it turned out reddish-brown," Witt says. "We had to wait two years for it to turn silver again."

bonus: Like the surfers who flock to catch Rincon Point's spectacular swells,Witt and Harris relish winters at the beach almost more than summers. "Days are shorter, but the light is golden, the surf is huge and the beach is empty,"Witt says. "We love being here when it's cold in the afternoon and we can start a fire at dusk."—emily young

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Flowing onto stone, gurglingthrough runnels, overflowing from fountains, cascading in falls, water ushers meaning, movement, sound and tranquility into the garden, just as the means by which it is introduced—be it fountain, basin, pond or bog—adds a decorative element into the overall composition.

But how to successfully bring water into the garden has often been the question.Today, with water-garden nurseries and garden-ornament shops more present in the marketplace than ever before, much of the expense and maintenance traditionally associated with water features have disappeared. in turn, craftsmen have begun to evolve a new vocabulary for the design of water features that addresses the innovative aspects of landscape design. Here are a handful of man-made, easy-to-install options in new materials from stainless steel to concrete that have begun to redefine the ancient repertoire.

[3] asian falls: Standing just over 4 feet tall, this fountain features a cascade of rippling water over beautiful, natural slate. Nestle the piece in a garden or use it as the focal point on a terrace.Available with recirculating pump, halogen lighting and decorative rocks. From Beckett Corporation: $269. Call 888-BECKETT or see www.888beckett. com.

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  • 5] arcadian ball fountain: Made from a unique waterproof, frostproof cast-stone mix, this timeless design is perfect for the contemporary garden.Available in Coade yellow, Portland gray, slate, terra-cotta and creamy Bath. From Haddonstone: ball fountain, $343; pebble ball fountain and bowl kit,
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