The landscape for this Mediterranean Revival-style home in DC was informed not only by the home’s architecture, but also by its corner-lot placement. Jennifer Horn and her team took advantage of the broad front yard by designing an elliptical area of grass bordered with privet hedging and lush groupings of roses, peonies and hydrangea. Boxwood and groundcover highlight—rather than hide—the architecture. Despite tight angles down the side, the team tucked a lap pool beside a covered porch and outdoor dining area. The hardscape throughout was carefully chosen so the terraces, pathways and stepping stones would read as a seamless extension from the home’s creamy stucco façade.
What is your philosophy?
Michelangelo said every block of stone has a statue inside it, and I feel the same way about landscapes. The most beautiful gardens feel inevitable, as if they were waiting to be uncovered.
Describe your process.
The right design is usually just there in my mind. But the process is borne from the land—we focus on topography.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
No matter how big a property is, there’s always a budget, and we have to work within it.
Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture • JenniferGHorn.com
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