Classic Garden for a Classic House: Greystone by Howard Design Studio

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From your first glance, you know that this estate at Greystone is something special — and it gets a special treatment for its surrounding landscaping from Howard Design Studio of Atlanta. Do you love ivy-covered walls? Check out the corner of one wing, wrapped in green beside the window. If you’re looking for different garden “rooms,” this place certainly fills the bill: an arched passageway is edged with green vines climbing side piping, while terraced beds make the transition from patio to lawn seamless and elegant. An ancient concrete “planter” holds pride of place in rectangular beds filled with ground cover and evergreens. So which path would you rather take — one toward the stone fence and wrought-iron gate, or one edged with bountiful white “snowball” bushes? Whichever way you go, you’ll find beauty.

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Eventually, your stroll takes you to the far end of the property, where you find the shining pool. Bordered at one end by a curved stone wall with balustrade-topped pillars, it serves as not only ornamental elegance but a cooling oasis in the midst of a sea of deep green lawn. Statuary with a face straight out of Pan marks a fountain spot with a cascade that flows into the pool, sending delicate mist into the air. Look upward, behind the wall and the cascade, and you’ll see a staggered line of trees that look like architectural elements themselves; they’re a fitting complement to the stately chimneys and façade of the home. Fitting: that’s what this setting is, for a house with undisputable class — Greystone by Howard Design.

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