Garden Design

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What type of garden is appropriate for your historic home's style? Here you'll find advice for garden design in numerous complementary styles, such as ornamental gardens, Georgian style, Federal style, Greek Revival, and more. 

SEE ALSO: Conservatories, Gazebos & Sheds | Exterior Lighting | Exterior PaintingPorches | Remuddling | Siding, Shingles & Roofing |Windows, Doors & Shutters

At Afton Villa near St. Francisville, Louisiana, four Classical figures carved of Italian stone mark the place where the house once stood. (Photo: Courtesy of Afton Villa Gardens)

Antebellum Garden Design

Large southern plantation homes often lacked lavish outdoor spaces, but ones that did sport elaborate gardens tended to be designed in a geometric manner that complemented the classical and formal lines of the house.

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Restoring Historic Hardscapes

One of the real pleasures of owning an old house is that the landscape around it has reached maturity. To revive or enhance hardscape elements from the land’s past history, expect to do some sleuthing.

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Colorful, Old-Fashioned Annuals

This year, step away from the newest of the new and incorporate a few of these old-fashioned annuals into your garden plans. Their history and continuous color make them perfect for every old-house garden.

Products of the Week

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Vintage Doors

Bring beauty and value your home with heirloom-quality REAL wood doors by Vintage Doors. Meticulously handmade by expert craftsmen in your exact size and style—to be loved and respected for generations, just like the olden days. Hand-crafted wood product line includes: screen doors, storm doors, Dutch doors, French doors, louver doors, pantry doors, interior doors, exterior doors, entrance units, three season porch enclosures, pet doors, arch top doors, round top doors, custom doors and more.

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Nostalgic Warehouse

Classic-style door hardware, engineered for new construction or historic renovation, lacquer-coated, solid brass, patterned after original antique hardware, passage, privacy, mortise lock, or dummy sets and cabinet hardware and accessories.

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Pewabic Pottery

Pewabic fabricates heirloom quality architectural tiles for public and private installations, gift and commemorative tiles, vessels, gardenware, ornaments and both reproductions and adaptations of its historic designs and offers classes, workshops, lectures, internships and residency programs for studio potters and other artists.