The finished garden, two years later: Perennials, such as hydrangeas, astilbe, and roses, line the edges; annuals fill the curved beds with bright color, and ivy, euonymus, and yew provide winter green.
Furnishing the garden has been a flea-market affair. I acquired the chairs and the cast-iron table over several seasons, but the low tables I made from broken pieces of marble epoxied onto inexpensive plant stands salvaged from a friend's basement. The broken edges on the marble complement the Secret Garden
feel of the overgrown space. For a final touch, TOH
features editor Amy Hughes built the fountain from a salvaged urn.