United States of America, Texas, Jefferson County, Beaumont
Garden of Mrs. Ralph Leaf (Beaumont, Texas)
This twenty year old small house and garden on a 62'x150' lot in a gated community has a Charleston-style side courtyard entered through two large mahogany black painted doors. Outside the kitchen window is a wrought iron screen covered in vines and a birdbath. Continuing through another pair of mahogany doors, one enters the potting and work area and exits through a gate to the rear driveway area and back gardens. An area of the driveway is planted with a crepe myrtle and a large salix under planted with dwarf mondo grass bordered with St. Augustine grass and low wrought iron fencing. The main garden is situated on the back of the house with views from the master bedroom and library. The master bedroom window frames a large crepe myrtle and a round brick fountain. Large wax myrtle trees anchor each back corner, under planted with President Clay azaleas. All beds are bordered in clipped Asian jasmine. Espaliered pyracantha in a diamond pattern mirrors the fork pattern on the opposite wall, giving three seasons of change--flowers, berries and green. The twelve-columned brick wall surrounding the garden gives privacy and a sense of tranquility.
People associated with this property include: Mrs. Ralph Leaf (garden designer, 1983) and Hermes Mallea (architect of garden walls, 1989).