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The swimming pool sits in the lawn area encompassed by holly and boxwood hedges.


New Construction


$1,000,000 +


For some, there is nothing better than a European inspired home with a classical garden; and that is exactly what this client wanted. The project lasted approximately 3 years from starting the design to completion and we were involved every step of the way. The design challenge for this project (besides the pie-shaped lot) was to create gardens that were intimate and comfortable while still possessing the formality and scale that the architecture required. The design included a crushed granite driveway, boxwood parterre gardens, multiple Indiana limestone terraces, serpentine shaped swimming pool, antique french limestone fountain, expansive lawn areas, and perennial gardens.


A Longshadow planter sits in a bed of azales wrapped in boxwood hedges.
A boxwood parterre garden flanks each side of the entry to bring symmetry to the front of the house.
classic french garden designed by matthew murrey

In an effort to keep the entry to this home feeling comfortable and not too formal, we designed a crushed basalt granite driveway to navigate through the many existing oak trees.  From the driveway, an Indiana Limestone walkway extends to the entry porch.  Walking toward the home, giant boxwood globes create a portal into the front parterre gardens. The boxwood parterre gardens sit in a bed of crushed basalt granite and mirror the symmetry of the front facade. The Versailles box planters were positioned across the front of the home, planted with Monrovia Majestic Hawthorne and provide softening to the front of this grand home.


Indiana limestone columns support ornamental iron gates that provide seperation and privacy between the public driveway and private motor court and garage. The columns are topped with antique stone urn finials.
Indiana limestone columns support ornamental iron walk-through gates. Ornamental holly topiary rest on both sides of the gate and provide architectural softening and scale to the landscape..

The gates and fences on this project were highly ornamental and architectural. When you pass through, they provided a sense of transition from one are to the next . All the ornamental iron gates were supported by Indiana limestone columns. The driveway gate columns are topped with antique stone urn finals. Lush vegetation, including boxwood and holly hedges, help soften the columns into the landscape.


Indiana limestone extends onto the terrace from the back of the residence.
An antique french limestone wall fountain rest on a fig ivy covered wall
Custom wall fountain detail carved with French limestone

An indiana limestone terrace wraps across the entire back of the home. Intimacy and scale is designed into the terraces by using holly hedges and large trees to create separation from the rest of the landscape. The same Versailles box planters that are used across the front of the home also soften and provide ornamentation to the largest terrace area across the back of the house. A smaller terrace, just off the family room, has a table and chairs with a limestone fountain. The owner wanted a custom fountain for this space so we designed the piece and had it carved using antique French limestone blocks.


Formal french-inspireid pool with Longshadow planters planted with agapanthus
Expansive lawn with boxwood hedges and mixed perennial gardens
Classic French Landscape Design

The pool and backyard function as one space but are slightly separated with boxwood hedges and perennial gardens. The swimming pool has 24" wide Indiana limestone pool coping and the four corners of the pool are decorated with Longshadow planters packed full of Agapanthus. The yard stretches across the back of the pool and creates plenty space for lawn games, throwing a ball, or just playing around. The perennial plantings include Guara, Salvia, Iris, and Nepeta.

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