South Side of the House
The plantings on the south side of the house include boxwoods, Pyracantha, and hollies, chosen by Beatrix Farrand both to complement the scale of the building and to nestle it within its setting. In some cases Farrand enhanced the house's design. She trained wisteria up the sides and across the tops of the doorways, at the main entrance to the house and the center entrance to the Orangery. Farrand screened some features of the house. She planted low shrubbery in front of the basement windows to screen the windows from the entrance drive yet allow light into the basement. She masked the front balustrade, which the Blisses found unattractive, with a mixture of jasmine and ivy pruned back to reveal some of the stone's design.