Loving Touches of Blue: the Restored Boxwood Estate Garden, Nashville

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In the midst of lush green landscaping, a fresh blue tone emerges in this design by Page|Duke Landscape Architects for the Boxwood Estate in Nashville. Enter through a beckoning white gate over a cobblestone drive, and you glimpse a glorious house through the trees — stately Georgian columns, salmon-red brick, and deep sea-blue shutters; that hue is a color that then carries through the remainder of the estate. There’s truly no escaping the cool presence of blue — in reflected pool tile, white-trimmed loungers, house shutters, couch pillows, even one gate on the property. It’s part of the trim and pillows in a porch seating area, and it ornaments the white brick posts atop the wrought-iron gate. It gives a clean, fresh feeling wherever it’s found, providing an elegant complement to white hydrangeas and green boxwood.

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Italianate statuary graces an ivy-covered wall — contrasted by a bright pure-white pergola that shelters the lounge chairs by the pool. A low brick wall runs the length of a sloping lawn, backed by evergreens and deciduous trees touched by seasonal color. Trailing vines give a graceful trim to a lantern-lit garage entrance; native stone trimmed in red brick provides a wide driveway/walkway between buildings and picks up the reddish tone of the main-house brickwork. Note the contrast of delightfully “wild” native grasses and curving stone path, against the formality of intricate wrought iron. And sculpture is everywhere — in statuary lions that guard the grounds as well as in the shapes of trimmed shrubs that differentiate various garden “rooms.” This 1915 home’s restoration is clearly a labor of love…and colorful details.

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