The latest conveniences mix with traces of Louisiana's heritage at this fabulous Country French retreat.
Photography Van Chaplin / Styling Cari South / Assistant Stylist: Katherine Eckert
To accentuate the French Country character of the house, landscape architects Jeffrey Carbo and Kevin Neal placed a parterre garden for herbs, vegetables, and flowers in front. Kevin says, "Farther away from the house, the plantings are more naturalistic, blending with the wooded surroundings." Evergreens provide screening at the sides of the property. Landscape contractor Billy Warren softened the stacked stone front wall with lantana, 'Victoria Blue' salvia, and other perennials. "Nature looks good when it has a nice clean edge to it," says Jeffrey. "The lawn borders make the wooded areas all the more interesting."