While we love fresh roses and neatly clipped boxwoods, tranquil ponds and blooming wisteria, we also recognize that what defines an evocative garden is also the manmade elements. Flagstone pathways, splashing fountains, and the overall landscape design are necessary elements, too. Stroll with us here, some of our favorite featured gardens and landscapes.
1. Interior designer Nicky Haslam designed not only the interiors of a centuries-old house in the South of France, but also some of its garden "rooms." The garden is defined by long allees of trees, trellised iron arches festooned with roses, and towering cypresses. Garden by Nicky Haslam, featured in the Summer 2017 issue of MILIEU. Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
2. Flagstone steps lead to an adobe archway, laden with white climbing roses, and an entry courtyard filled with pink roses and soapwort. Feathery plumes top tamarisk trees. Overlooking all are huge cottonwoods, thriving in the desert heat and nighttime chill for at least half a century. Featured in the Spring 2014 issue of MILIEU. Photography by Peter Vitale.
3. Penny Morrison lets nature have its own way at her home in the Welsh countryside. "New Dawn" roses form a pattern against brick. Garden by Penny Morrison, featured in the Summer 2018 issue of MILIEU. Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
4. A daybed on the terrace replicates a seventeenth-century Italian design; the cotton pillows were purchased by the owner in Bali. The bamboo and paper umbrella is from López-Quesada's studio. Designer Isabel López-Quesada, featured in the Spring 2017 issue of MILIEU. Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
5. Boxwoods and ivy grace this garden, where elaborate wrought-iron gates and a paned wooden door give the appearance of secret passageways. Landscape architecture by Ben Page, featured in the Spring 2015 issue of MILIEU. Photography by Ann Stratton.
6. The garden pond is ringed with square-shaped European Hornbeam trees. French cast-iron urns with handles fashioned as snakes are circa 1875. Garden design by Will Massie, featured in the Spring 2017 issue of MILIEU. Photography by Chris Little.
7. Birds, crickets, and the gentle trickling of the river Frome are among the sound heard within the terraced gardens of Iford Manor, on of England's handsomest estates. Featured in the Summer 2015 issue of MILIEU. Photography by Mark Bolton.
8. The flourishing grounds at Toledo's centuries-old Galiana Palace are one of the quiet wonders of Europe. Towering cypresses are among the most conspicuous planting on the grounds. Featured in the Spring 2016 issue of MILIEU. Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
9. Careful attention to the elements in courtyards and side yards ensures that a memorable view is afforded from every window. The home's side garden is lined with clipped boxwood and Yew, climbing rose aligns the exterior wall. Design by Shannon Bowers and landscaping by Thomas Fancher, featured in the Spring 2014 issue of MILIEU. Photography by Peter Vitale.