Wanna pick weeds in these gardens?

Every so often I come across a great article on yahoo or another side regarding these amazing homes and the stunning features they offer. Once i started reading this one my back began to hurt thinking of all the hard it takes to maintain these gardens. Beautiful properties, hope you enjoy the article and the photos.

The news that a billionaire is constructing a version of Versailles in the D.C. area brings to mind the famous gardens of the original French estate. While only a small percentage of the One Percent can build or buy a mansion costing $20 million or one that has 20,000-plus square feet, there are many high-end homes on the market that come with majestic gardens.

See slideshow: Homes with spectacular gardens

The global real estate market has homes with garden styles named for many empires including classical and English formal, to modern and those without names. Luxury Portfolio International provided a selection of these homes with green and colorful outdoor spaces designed just for relaxation and appreciating nature’s bounty.

Read ahead to see five exceptional gardens:

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
$40 million
Bedrooms: 17
Square footage: 16,000

The gardens here include a Japanese foot bridge and Koi fish.
Photo: Luxury Portfolio International

The grounds of this mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., are almost 40 acres. A tranquil part of that extensive outdoor space is occupied by these classic gardens. Inspired by the scenes in the paintings of Monet, the gardens have a Japanese foot bridge over a lily pond with Koi fish, as well as lilies and waterfalls. Also in the garden are a family barbecue area, a meditation space, a fire pit, and an outdoor “reading room.”

The home is in a gated community and has two guest houses, a gym, marble floors, and indoor-outdoor parking that can accommodate more than 20 vehicles.

Pinehurst, Texas
$2.3 million
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4 full, 3 partial
Square footage: 6,998

The humid climate supports a wide variety of flora here.
Photos: Luxury Portfolio International

The eastern section of Texas has the same humid subtropical climate as neighboring Louisiana, making it amenable to growing many types of flowers and plants. As such, the gardens of this house include a lush variety of flora, as well as a pergola, greenhouse, and lighting throughout the gardens. Palm trees surround the resort-like pool, which has a spa and fire pit area.

The house was built in 1999, and has a trophy room and a two-story library. It was built with materials including imported hand-etched tile, Peruvian travertine columns, and floors and iron doors.

Wiltshire, United Kingdom
$4.259 million
Bedrooms: 6

The English home's outdoors include a chicken coop and run.
Photo: Luxury Portfolio International

This limestone gothic manor house was once just the north wing of a much larger mansion that got demolished. The outdoor areas of this gated property include a chicken coop and run, a walled kitchen garden, a formal manicured garden as well as lawn areas and a terrace.

The home has historic details including leaded windows, and newer features like an updated kitchen, a media room, a billiard room, and an indoor pool.

Greenwich, Conn.
$13.75 million
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 9 full, 4 partial
Square footage: 14,465

The home includes a conservatory and a large sun room.
Photos: Luxury Portfolio International

This Georgian mansion on just over 4 acres incorporates appreciation of the outdoors in numerous ways. In addition to the manicured hedge gardens that lead to the swimming pool and spa, the house has a 70-plus-foot verandah, a conservatory and a large sun room.

The kitchen was designed by Beverly Ellesley and has a 10-food granite island and a butler’s pantry as well as a glassed breakfast room that opens up to a terrace. The house has a dramatic barreled-ceiling reception hall and inlaid oak, parquet, and marble flooring.

Mocksville, N.C.
$5.75 million
Bathrooms: 9
Square footage: 10,940

A flower garden with a gazebo and rose trellises overlook the lake.
Photos: Luxury Portfolio International

This gated country estate is situated on an astoundingly sized parcel of nearly 650 acres, which includes pasture, hills, woods, and a lake. Closer to the house, a flower garden features a gazebo with rose trellises overlooking the lake.

The addition was designed by architect Louis Cherry and the home features African wood walls cork floors, a yoga wall and a wine room.

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