Stucco-covered brick columns lead to Glenn and Judy Smith's front door.
Arches frame the courtyard.
A brick path to the home.
Dewy 'Knockout' double pink roses.
Larkspur (Consolida ajacis), another garden winner.
Antique wrought-iron furniture and the delicate lace of ferns add to the lush and lovely ambience.
Snapdragons add brilliant color.
The pigeonnier is used as a playhouse with a garden of its own, delighting the Smith grandchildren.
Steps lead to the pool area. Along with the poolhouse's curtained arches, they set the stage for entertaining.
Boston ivy and passion vine drape the brick courtyard walls, adding agelessness and a hint of mystery.
Dianthus is pretty, plus it's distasteful to deer. The Smiths' horticultural designer, British-born Helen Grivich, also uses snapdragons and alyssum outside the courtyard walls, keeping pansies and violas inside because deer like to eat them.
Glenn and Judy Smith stroll a brick path in the garden of their two-year-old dream house--the first home the couple has ever built.
"It's a perfect soulful house, but not a 'perfect' perfect house," Louisiana architect Ken Tate says in his inimitable drawl when describing the Old South-style house he created for Glenn and Judy Smith in suburban Houston. "I like a look that's slightly off. Perfection is the death of creativity."
In his gorgeous new book A Classical Journey: The Houses of Ken Tate (Images Publishing, 2011), the architect tells how a firm grounding in tradition and a wide range of influences led to his unapologetic eclecticism in marrying the classical to the vernacular to create an unforgettable style.
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Garden with 'Old South' Style
Explore the grounds outside a French Colonial Texas home