Three renegade designers add a modern sensibility to the time-honored English garden style.

The Practical Romantic: Sarah Price

A newcomer to the landscape-design scene, Price has won accolades for her embrace of diverse heights, hues and plant varieties. She likes a layered setting that is full of charm—here, paths and hedges combined with lanky plants, delicate blossoms and a quasi-Mediterranean ground cover of gravel—and is low-maintenance and drought-tolerant to boot. "It really depends on what a person's view of messiness is," she says. "A certain level of complexity is what makes British gardens distinctive."

Pictured: Price knits together disparate plant textures with a disciplined color scheme.

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