Behind the brick retaining wall, which the couple had repointed, is a lush front yard. Taking cues from Victorian-era gardens, Jeffrey planted perennials that need little water, such as black-eyed Susan, coneflower, guara, aster, heather, lavender, rosemary, thyme, creeping phlox, cardinal flower, and castor bean. Only in July, when the sun is very intense, does he need to supplement the collected water that the new rain barrels supply.
I WANT THE ROPE! These solid cast pieces fix downspouts to the house, secure against wind and theft. Shown, for 3-inch round downspouts: 1. Waxed bronze Fleur-de-lis, about $40; A. B. Rain Gutters 2. Brass Rope, about $29; Classic Gutter Systems LLC For 2-by-3-inch downspout: 3. Brass Fleur-de-lis, about $51; Gutter Supply