At the back of the house, Lucy began an English garden that over time nibbled away at the lawn. “The bed started out 2 feet wide,” she says, “and it is now maybe 8 to 10 feet wide. I’ve changed it many times.” In fact, she’s constantly moving plants around, adding bulbs and perennials and editing out plants that multiply too enthusiastically. “I am trying to make it more maintenance-free,” she says.
Along one side of the house is the secret garden, her favorite space. Soon after they moved in, she terraced the steep slope to control erosion. Now the exuberant growth of ferns, perennials, roses, and rhododendrons hides the terraces and provides a changing display of blooms from spring through fall. On the other side of the house, Lucy planted a cutting garden. “My favorite thing is to grow cut flowers,” she says. “I love to give flowers away.” A former interior designer and antiques dealer, she shops garage sales and tag sales for vintage containers. “That’s what everybody gets from me: flowers in nice vintage containers.”