How to Create a (modern) English Garden

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

Creative Influences

An art-school graduate, Price admires 19th-century artist-slash-gardener Gertrude Jekyll, who conceived radiant perennial borders with drifts of flowers. She's also inspired by modern European designers like Piet Oudolf, who helped popularize the notion that vegetation should die back gracefully as it goes dormant, with beautiful seed heads and sculptural stalks. "I like how, in his gardens, structure comes from the plants themselves, not the surrounding architecture," she says.

Pictured: In a sunny spot near Oxford, Price employed a classic foursquare layout to add order to a fanciful bounty of herbs and perennials.