Peachy the Magazine October November 2014 - Page 29

GARDENS The Secret Garden The clipped boxwoods and allées of European Hornbeam trees form the edges and walls for the garden rooms. While the garden is primarily a tableau of green textures and forms, seasonal interest is created with the use of hydrangeas, gardenias, roses, hostas, rosemary and annual color in pots. As Howard explains, “The garden was designed as a visual extension of the main salon of the house. The loggia, directly off the salon, overlooks the small lawn panel, clipped borders and pool. There is a grilling terrace and small dining terrace which is paved in loose gravel. The dark gray stone is Cherokee flagstone and comes from local quarries in the Atlanta area. It was used extensively in the 1920s, but is rather rare today. The entire façade of the house is clad in this stone, so it became a logical choice for the walls in the garden.” All of the flat surfaces and garden steps are paved with Indianan limestone. The steps are carved out of solid blocks of stone, while the gravel on the paths is crushed limestone and the gates are made of hand-forged iron. OCTOBER NOVEMBER 2014 27