You might say Allan Knight has been grounded for life. From his first job mowing lawns at 8 years old to the pet project that is his North Dallas garden, the furniture designer and showroom owner has cultivated a decadeslong love of beautifying whatever landscape he inhabits. When Knight and his husband, author Cearan Henley, moved into their current home 11 years ago, they set about turning the half-acre lot into a lakehouse-inspired oasis filled with lush greenery and winding gravel footpaths. A long, narrow screened room, bedecked with antique case goods, woven seating and colorful framed textiles, stretches the length of the wandering backyard, which features a curved swimming pool surrounded by carefully placed stones and tufts of flowers. “I like how it ambles around and moves,” Knight says of the always-shifting garden, where mature live oaks and pine trees tower over hedges, yuccas and blossoms that appear and disappear as the seasons change. “In summer, it’s just a matter of maintaining and watching the different things unfold,” Knight says. “We always get excited when the daisies start blooming.” Aside from the rare intimate get-together, the couple’s yard is more private retreat than entertainment venue—a place to get away from the day’s stresses and soak in the ever-evolving beauty only nature can provide.