My friend (a retired horticulture professor and landscape architect) and I poked around a historic neighborhood (Myer's Park) in Charlotte, North Carolina this morning. Lovely houses reflecting a sense of place and solidity in their surroundings anchor this neighborhood (a pricey one, to be sure). The houses are large, but still fit their landscapes, which is nice to see.
Heading towards Wing Haven, a wonderful garden created by Elizabeth Clarkson and her husband, we enjoyed the neighborhood. The area, formerly eroded red clay left from cotton farming, is now a lovely neighborhood, with old trees creating a canopy.
A highpoint was a striking hellebore in Elizabeth Lawrence's Charlotte garden (now owned and managed by Wing Haven).