Text by Holly Seng
Breathtaking landscapes enhance the striking architecture of Cindy and John Wise Jr.’s 1929 Georgian home, located in historic English Village in Birmingham, Alabama. With six distinct outdoor spaces surrounding the home—from a terraced garden overflowing with an abundant array of blue and white hydrangeas to an intimate plunge pool area off the main bedroom—there’s no shortage of picturesque views.
“When you look out any of the windows, there is something interesting to look at—a unique perspective of the garden outside,” says landscape architect John Howard, founder and creative director of Howard Design Studio based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Known for their work with older estates and collaboration with designers and architects, John and his team were the ideal firm for restoring the landscape of this historic property. A selection of blue and white perennials paired with clipped boxwood hedges infuses the exterior spaces with subtle French influence while staying rooted in the architecture’s history….