It’s a botanical triple play: On these pages we feature the final three gardens from the Missouri Botanical Garden’s St. Louis Garden Tour—an astonishing collector’s paradise, a dreamy poolside sanctuary, and a pastoral garden, both formal and charming.
126 North Price Road
If Capability Brown had designed the gardens at Tara, this might be the exquisite result. Oval and diamond patterns, repeated throughout the landscape, add formal symmetry and balance, while New Dawn climbing roses and Sweet Autumn clematis soften the edges with southern charm and delicate fragrance. Just steps from the kitchen, an herb garden beckons with savory scents. A covered terrace overlooks a pond and statuary, with a backdrop of boxwood, roses, hydrangeas and arborvitae.
9904 Crestwood Drive
Taking a garden from seedling to spectacular requires patience and skill, and the husband-and-wife team who created this collector’s garden have spent 10 years creating a magnificent sanctuary. Gently rolling pathways weave in and around beds abundantly planted with more than 750 varieties of hostas and some 1,000 varieties of daylilies. A charming small barn, complete with pitchfork, sits at the back of the property, while perfectly perched Adirondack chairs offer a view of the beauty below.
227 Altus Place
Quietly elegant and soothing to the eye, this backyard oasis is masterfully designed in a serene palette of black, white and green—with the shimmering surface of the pool and hot tub providing an azure accent. Hosta, lamb’s ear, nandina and heuchera fill the beds, while climbing hydrangea ascends the walls of the century-old home. An expansive deck, beautifully outfitted with iron furniture, is perfect for solitary reflection or large-scale entertaining.