I took these photos in early September of 2009. At that time, I believe this garden was only in its second or third season. I think a year of site preparation preceded that, during which Bruce contoured the land, added several ponds linked by streams, fountains and waterfalls, and numerous large rocks, as well as the pumps and conduits to make it all work. This visit was unfortunately at high noon, so the light is as harsh as it gets and the colors aren't nearly as intense as they would be at another time of day.
To the left is a large grass border, using Miscanthus 'Giganteus' to completely obscure the view of the maze garden behind it, smaller miscanthus, irises in profusion and, edging the path, various grasses and carex. Note the path of recycled railroad ties. Bruce has used gravel paths in interesting combinations with other materials, as you'll see below.
The bridge registers almost as negative space with the bright flowering miscanthus behind it.
A groundcover of Japanese blood brass (Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra') with a pennisetum.
Palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis) beside the water.
A view across the pond. Notice the use of many carex.
An interesting pattern using cross-cut "tiles" from timbers.
One large rock as a simple step.
Another planting of Miscanthus and irises.
I'm only guessing, but this may be Carex glauca 'Blue Zinger'.
Another carex planting.
The view from the far side of the pond, from among a grove of trees.
A simple, and elegant, stone bridge ...
downstream from this bubbling pool.
Moving into the maze garden.
Looking back toward the wild garden.