Private garden: Houston

Houston has some exceptionally fine gardens. The tropical plants that they can grow there, add a  level of whimsy that this northern east coaster really appreciated. The gardens I saw were inspired by different styles: English, Italian and Japanese and all had a very individual point of view.

Johnny Steele This landscape architect has designed many wonderful gardens in Houston. Although I did not meet him, I was very taken by his own garden which is carved into a steep hill overlooking the Buffalo Bayou.  The modern house, sits at the top of the hill, with large windows and open screens looking onto a Japanese influenced garden. The hardscape in the garden is well conceived and at times, playful. Large shifting concrete slabs, rise up the hill effortlessly. Steele has set up a rhythmical experience of shifting levels. Japanese style fieldstone paths and stone retaining walls guide you down to a cascading waterfall, with small seating areas on the different levels that allow you to rest and contemplate the view. This garden is orchestrated to work as a whole – a symphony of textures; I was enchanted with its intimacy and masterful layout.

Johnny Steele: Floating concrete slabs

Johnny Steele: Floating concrete slabs

Johnny Steele= Japanese influenced walkways

Johnny Steele= Japanese influenced walkways

Johnny Steele: Garden laid built into steep slope.

Johnny Steele: Garden  built into steep slope.

Johnny Steele- nice paths in a shade area of the garden

Johnny Steele- nice paths in a shade area of the garden

Johnny Steele: Pergola off of Modern house

Johnny Steele: Pergola off of Modern house

Johnny Steele garden: Standardized trees near pool

Johnny Steele garden: Standardized trees near pool

Stone staircase leading to different levels of the garden

Stone staircase leading to different levels of the garden

Johnny Steele, Terraced garden overlooking Buffalo Bayou

Johnny Steele, Terraced garden overlooking Buffalo Bayou

Johnny Steele garden: Waterfall

Johnny Steele garden: Waterfall

Cassia

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pebble lined path

pebble lined path

Succulents planted between stairs

Succulents planted between stairs

stone wall Johnny Steele garden

stone wall Johnny Steele garden

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One Response to Private garden: Houston

  1. Sonia Nixon Dodge says:

    Hello Don. Great garden plus well chosen and executed photos! all the best Michael

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