Driving through Dallas the other day, I noticed an exceptional home built by a renown architect that was for sale. I became absolutely giddy with excitement, the outside had beautiful boxwoods, both potted and planted, as well as an exterior setting that would make anyone automatically take out their check book and three mortgages. I quickly drove home and googled the listing. There it was! The exterior of the home in all it’s glory! Sadly, the next picture and every one that followed were of a hideously decorated interior.
Has this ever happened to you? A home that is perfectly appointed on the outside fails to maintain that same beauty on the inside (happens in people too). Despite the name of my blog, I have focused a great deal on the significance of the interior of a home. Today, I want to explore how beautiful the grounds of a home can be. The exterior presentation of a home should be as equally as important as the interior, regardless of how much land you possess. A landscape with tiered hedges and sharp lines can be a beautiful investment. Plus, I am positive that this type of hedge fund will show glorious growth over time.
“Love Thy Neighbor, Yet Don’t Pull Down Your Hedge”
– Benjamin Franklin
I think Ben was spot on. Who needs neighbors with these glorious hedges? The garden of the Blair Athol Residence in Bathurst, Australia. Photo source: Garden Drum
No place perfects the hedge quite like the Hamptons. Such an elegant design. Photo: The Enchanted Home
Beautiful squared hedges line a gravel pathway in this lush garden designed by Dan Pearson. Photo source: The Guardian
Fact: American Boxwood tends to grow tall (Perimeter) . English Boxwood tends to grow shorter and wider (Gardens & Pathways).
Boxwood heaven, in all shapes and sizes. I don’t discriminate! Photo source: Bungalow Classic
A lovely lavender center among the boxwood hedges. Photo source: Google Images
High hedges created by a dutch landscape architecture firm. The high green walls make you feel as if you are entering another room.
Barbara Barry created this green masterpiece. Love all the difference in height and shape. Photo source: House Beautiful
The precision makes it perfect. Photo source: M Pression
A sweet garden. I’ll take that house too! How divine are those blue shutters?! Photo source: Modern Vintage Blog
This garden seems so shaded for a hot summer day. Stately and classic. Photo source: The Enchanted Home
Step right up on these boxwood lined steps. I think this would look great for a more modern house.
I couldn’t even imagine the maintenance that would be required for this garden. Worth every penny. Photo source: Pinterest
I can just picture my little pug roaming around (who am I kidding- eating) the manicured grounds designed by Jacques Wirtz on Caroline Scheufele’s (Chopard) Swiss estate. Photo source: Veranda
Chateau de Marqueyssac holds an almost artistic implementation of boxwood in it’s garden. Photo source: Flickr
A walk in the valley of boxwood. Exceptional cloud boxwoods by the renown landscape architect Jaques Wirtz
A flawless boxwood and hornbeam garden at Daniel Romualdez’s Connecticut home. Photo source: Vogue
The beautiful stone walkway of Genny Magher’s Provence farmhouse. Photo source: House & Garden UK
Landscape architect Danny McNair created this lovely two tiered hedge-lined brick pathway. Ideal.
Lush green boxwood hedges and cypress trees outside of Kelly Wearstler’s home. Delicate flowers line the tiered hedges. Photo source: Lonny
Cypress trees add height and texture to the low lying boxwoods at Ned Lambton’s Tuscan Estate. How incredible are the boxwood spheres coming out of the hedges? Swoon! Photo source: Architectural Digest
Simple symmetry. Photo source: Pinterest
A pathway to heaven at this Southampton cottage. Abundant white hydrangeas add a nice contrast to the boxwood hedges. Photo source: Veranda
Perry Gulliot designed this classic backyard landscape at Tory Burch’s Southampton home. Photo source: Vogue
This picture at Wollerton Old Hall Garden just brings me to a peaceful state of mind. I hope your Wednesday brings you plenty of peace as well!