Hushed Serenity in a Birmingham Garden Retreat

Immediately upon entering the yard, a half-dozen moss-tinged brick steps take you up to the residence’s delightful veranda. This perch gives an overview of ancient Southern pines and oaks that soar toward the sky, creating a cathedral-like quiet grandeur.

At the veranda’s base sits a small fountain garden trimmed with a rectangular boxwood hedge, a vignette that encourages you to pause and enjoy the trickling water and seasonal flowers before moving on. Around the corner, a second parterre extends to a short set of stairs that leads down to a bench on a landing. Here, visitors are enticed to sit a moment and savor the colorful beds on the perimeter.