Garden photographer and Fairfield County native Stacy Bass is a morning person. Daybreak is her favorite time to venture outdoors with her camera to capture the natural world’s beauty. Some of her best work is published in her most recent book, Gardens at First Light (athome Books, 2015). In this coffee-table volume, Bass showcases some of the most beautiful private gardens in Fairfield County in images composed at dawn. We’ve excerpted a section of the book here, in a photo gallery that highlights an incredibly lush landscape along the shore in Darien.
Rock ledges and outcroppings indigenous to the Northeastern coast create foundations for many of the flower beds.
Great cascades of colorful perennials bloom throughout the growing season, including the display of Hydrangea varieties.
These hydrangea blooms turn a lovely shade of lavender in the fall.
Mixed in with Astilbe and varieties of Athyrium, nature’s own moss is part of the setting.
The restored barn, renovated by the current owners, has become an entertaining space.
In a sunken garden, containers of annuals grace the top of a perimeter wall.
White pine needs, ivy winding up a tree trunk and the spikes of Japanese forest grass create a great combination of textures.
A perimeter garden with pops of white from Shasta daisies meanders toward the rocky shore.
This tall variety of Shasta daisy takes root easily in the shallow soil of of the rock garden beds.
Photographer and NCD Contributor, Stacy Bass