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Gardens to Inspire Us

Good morning and Happy Friday!  I am always on the prowl for inspiration for our new, waiting to be designed lake home in north Georgia.  We are tearing down our fixer upper on our lake property, where we have thoroughly enjoyed our ‘tear down’ for 11 years now!  We just made our little cabin fun and livable, but knew someday we would finally tear it down and build from scratch our forever home.  With 4 grown kids, we wanted to build a family home where we could create memories for our kids and future grandkids.  We have a little over an acre on Lake Lanier, a beautiful lake in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and fed by the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers.  I will be meeting with a land engineer next week to ascertain that what we wish to build is feasible on the land.  As we traverse this road to build our new home, I will be sharing our journey with every step we take.  I am beyond excited about the prospect of my dream home being a reality on such a beautiful lot with the views of water all around!

In looking for inspiration, I came upon the website of a landscape architect in Far Hills, New Jersey that, in my opinion, just ‘gets it’!  Now, Kathy and I have a love for white houses, so the backdrop for this amazing landscaping is a gorgeous white house (of course) so it is even more reason to love these inspiring photos. Enjoy!

Landscape Architect- Deborah Cerbone Associates

White pergola, white garden Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc. via Houzz:

I would love to get rid of the huge plants in front of my house and do some auber tresses on both sides of my porch:

The white hydrangeas are so beautiful here.  I have always loved the variety ‘Annabelle‘ which has a gorgeous huge white blossom and grows well in our climate.  I know this will be a part of my new landscape at the lake!  There is a nursery near Athens, Georgia where I went to school at The University of Georgia.  It is called Goodness Grows, and I truly can’t wait to go see them and purchase some of my very own Annabelles!

A whiter shade of pale. White in a garden adds light, whereas green plantings can add darkness. The white plantings in this border will glow in the light of dusk. Of her white garden at Sissinghurst, in Kent, England, Vita Sackville-West wrote, "I cannot help hoping that the great ghostly barn-owl will sweep silently across a pale garden next summer in the twilight.":

A Classic Country White Garden - traditional - landscape - new york - Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.:

I love a meandering path through the woods, and this one is so lovely.  Pea gravel and stone are a great combination and I plan on having both.  Actually, I want a terraced area similar to this with separate plots for each of our four kids to come on the weekends and plant their own flowers or vegetables.  Maybe I am crazy to try this, but it sure seems like a great idea!  Most likely I will be the one watering and weeding on weekday evenings, but I love these things so maybe I am not totally off my rocker… yet!

Traditional Landscape by Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.:

A Franklin Lakes Residence - traditional - landscape - new york - by Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.:

A Classic Country White Garden - traditional - landscape - new york - Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.:

A Classic Country White Garden - traditional - landscape - new york - Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.:

Daffodils and hyacinths ornament the beds in this gorgeous, classical garden. Love the lions flanking the stairs! By Deborah Cerbone and Associates, inc.:

Yes, please!  I have ordered boxes of jonquils and daffodils from Gibbs Gardens to plant at our new home.  I have such loving memories of my grandparents home with a hillside of jonquils growing every spring.  We would go outside and cut them and my grandmother would wrap them in wet paper towels for me to take home and enjoy.  The double bloom variety have the most wonderful fragrance!

A Franklin Lakes Residence - traditional - pool - new york - by Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.:

We would also like to add a pool to our new home.  Let’s hope the engineer says Yes to this idea!  Because it’s in my head already that we can have a pool there.

A Harding Township Carriage House (5) http://www.dcerboneassoc.com All landscape design by Deborah Cerbone Associates, Inc.:

Oh yes, and brick pavers for the front- I know the whole driveway would cost a fortune to do in brick pavers, but maybe in parts of it with pea gravel, just like this.  I love everything about this home’s landscaping.  I am hoping we find a landscape architect with a similar style.

Have a wonderful weekend!  And cheers, y’all!

Leslie

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