Here's an example of where the details in a project truly make a difference. We designed this decorative brick wall with a unique arch detail specifically to mimic the shape of an antique fountain we found at @architecturalheritage. The wall detail makes the fountain feel like a truly bespoke piece.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What's more interesting, however, are the things you don't see in this image. Just beyond the wall is a view of the neighbor's property we wanted to hide. And if you were to take several steps back from the wall, you'd find yourself standing in a covered terrace. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Adding this tall wall detail not only made the garden feel quite tailored, but it served as a focal point for the main seating area and created privacy from the neighbors! Talk about a win-win-win!

Here’s an example of where the details in a project truly make a difference. We designed this decorative brick wall with a unique arch detail specifically to mimic the shape of an antique fountain we found at @architecturalheritage. The wall detail makes the fountain feel like a truly bespoke piece.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What’s more interesting, however, are the things you don’t see in this image. Just beyond the wall is a view of the neighbor’s property we wanted to hide. And if you were to take several steps back from the wall, you’d find yourself standing in a covered terrace. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Adding this tall wall detail not only made the garden feel quite tailored, but it served as a focal point for the main seating area and created privacy from the neighbors! Talk about a win-win-win!

Every beautiful garden starts as a work-in-progress, and this  project in Mountain Brook is no exception. The first step was removing all plants and (sadly) the dying dogwood that previously blocked the front view of the home. This gave us a totally clean slate to work with.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Widening the front porch, then adding a stone veneer and bluestone step treads, totally transformed the entrance. The low boxwood hedge along the foundation will grow together with time, and color will spill out of the window boxes and flower beds. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On the porch will be terra cotta planters from @eyeofthedaygdc with rounded boxwoods. The soft orange of these planters will add just enough warmth by the front door to bring the whole design together.

Every beautiful garden starts as a work-in-progress, and this project in Mountain Brook is no exception. The first step was removing all plants and (sadly) the dying dogwood that previously blocked the front view of the home. This gave us a totally clean slate to work with.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Widening the front porch, then adding a stone veneer and bluestone step treads, totally transformed the entrance. The low boxwood hedge along the foundation will grow together with time, and color will spill out of the window boxes and flower beds. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On the porch will be terra cotta planters from @eyeofthedaygdc with rounded boxwoods. The soft orange of these planters will add just enough warmth by the front door to bring the whole design together.

I am cracking up at this photo of my kids that we took on a recent trip to Nashville. They marveled at the gargantuan elephant ear plant at the hotel. To be honest, I marveled at it, too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Shep wanted to take it home and use it in our koi pond in the back yard. It was tempting, but I had to say no as it wouldn't fit in the car.

I am cracking up at this photo of my kids that we took on a recent trip to Nashville. They marveled at the gargantuan elephant ear plant at the hotel. To be honest, I marveled at it, too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shep wanted to take it home and use it in our koi pond in the back yard. It was tempting, but I had to say no as it wouldn’t fit in the car.

As we near the end of the year, it's nice to think back on all the moments we enjoyed in the garden in 2019. Seeing this image took us back to memories of summer sunshine and flowers.  Don't these hydrangeas seem to be loving life? Just goes to show that plants will grow and thrive if you put them in the right place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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While we may be surrounded by twinkling lights, festive decorations and maybe a bit of snow to enjoy (or shovel), it's nice to dream of what our gardens will bring us in 2020!

As we near the end of the year, it’s nice to think back on all the moments we enjoyed in the garden in 2019. Seeing this image took us back to memories of summer sunshine and flowers. Don’t these hydrangeas seem to be loving life? Just goes to show that plants will grow and thrive if you put them in the right place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While we may be surrounded by twinkling lights, festive decorations and maybe a bit of snow to enjoy (or shovel), it’s nice to dream of what our gardens will bring us in 2020!

12/11 4:00 PM	Garden Tastemake⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It cannot be stated strongly enough that planters can really make or break the garden. Take this garden we built for a client in Mountain Brook, where we created a bluestone back patio and a formal lawn with boxwood parterres. The garden was gorgeous, but the addition of planters truly finishes off the space. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Planters give you the opportunity to add color, texture and softness to all the hard edges of a landscape. And the best part is you can change them up every season by experimenting with new, fun flower combinations. We particularly love these planters from @elegantearthinc.

12/11 4:00 PM Garden Tastemake⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It cannot be stated strongly enough that planters can really make or break the garden. Take this garden we built for a client in Mountain Brook, where we created a bluestone back patio and a formal lawn with boxwood parterres. The garden was gorgeous, but the addition of planters truly finishes off the space. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Planters give you the opportunity to add color, texture and softness to all the hard edges of a landscape. And the best part is you can change them up every season by experimenting with new, fun flower combinations. We particularly love these planters from @elegantearthinc.

There is no better excuse to get out of the office than a site visit on a gorgeous late fall day. We took advantage of the blue skies by stopping in to see a client in Montgomery and surveying the work we've accomplished at their home.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Notice how the espalier vines on the white brick wall are really starting to take off. And the crisp lines and repetition of the bluestone stepping stones gives this garden's visitors clear direction about where to travel. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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An ornate planter elevated on a plinth adds a lot of detail in this small space.  With its evergreen planting, this terra cotta planter provides year round interest-- a big feat in such a small courtyard.

There is no better excuse to get out of the office than a site visit on a gorgeous late fall day. We took advantage of the blue skies by stopping in to see a client in Montgomery and surveying the work we’ve accomplished at their home.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Notice how the espalier vines on the white brick wall are really starting to take off. And the crisp lines and repetition of the bluestone stepping stones gives this garden’s visitors clear direction about where to travel. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ An ornate planter elevated on a plinth adds a lot of detail in this small space. With its evergreen planting, this terra cotta planter provides year round interest– a big feat in such a small courtyard.