Coastal Garden on Long Island Sound

Photography by Rob Cardillo

Before the coastal Connecticut property was expanded to stretch over 4 acres with views of both Long Island Sound and Scott’s Cove, Heather was hired to plant the flashy annuals that were all the rage around the quaint little cottage. “But even then,” she recalls, “I was full of ideas.” During her initial struggle to plant the rocky soil, she realized that boulders lay hidden just below the earth’s surface. Most gardeners would struggle with stone as a fault in the terrain, but Heather saw the bedrock as a blessing. When the current owners came and increased the shoreline acreage, Heather didn’t skip a beat. She knew exactly what she wanted to propose. “Celebrate the stones,” she suggested. So began Heather’s working relationship with the rocks.