I was totally smitten--head over heels in love--and knocked for a loop.
Since then I've seen this garden published a number of times. Truth be told I almost cyber stalk it.
I can honestly say this garden is what got my attention and attracted me to living in town;
especially living in Virginia Highland and Morningside.
The houses were small enough to manage and there were such incredible gardens.
This is the home of David Ellis, owner of landscape design company, Ellis Designs.
You just don't do this in the suburbs. For one thing this is the sidewalk in front of the house and most neighborhoods in the 'burbs don't have sidewalks and for another thing, the neighbors might think you were loony if you landscaped like this.
Not saying you can't, just most folks just don't.
This is the front yard garden.
You have to really study this picture to "see" it.
Nearly every inch of Ellis' property is planted with vignettes of succulents to trees to colorful perennials, like these roses and clematis. "I like it if a person comes here and spends time zeroing in on little sections," said Ellis, 46. "If they span for 30 seconds and walk out, they didn't get it."
This is the driveway for crying out loud.
I love this next picture.
The gates, the dog statue, the azalea blooming in the rustic pot, the tiny fern peeking out from under the stone step... umm, umm, umm
These temple doors, which Ellis found at Scott Antique Market in Atlanta, lead to an Asian-inspired shade garden. "The back garden is completely different from the front -- it's the ying and the yang with the house in between," he said. The canine yard ornament is an homage to his late dog, Amos.
(He's cute, too, don't you think?)
This view from the back porch into the shade garden is Ellis' favorite. "Part of a garden is walking into it and forgetting the space outside of it," he said. "My efforts were to make it otherworldly."To read the whole article and see a few more pictures please visit the link below.
Gallery | Linger in this Virginia-Highland garden | ajchomefinder.com
I so hope this garden will be on tour again soon.