Give your home a green outlook by harvesting rain water. A rain barrel is easy to set up, and the water you collect can easily be recycled on container or landscape plantings. A rain barrel also reduces the amount of rainwater runoff your property produces. In some municipalities, that can lead to a reduced utility bill.
An elegant brick pathway leads through lush grass to a beautiful courtyard at the entrance of this Colonial Revival home. The house combines a traditional stucco exterior and terracotta roof tiles and is surrounded by Mediterranean-inspired landscaping.
The original site of this home was piled high with nearly 200 cubic yards of sandstone. So instead of getting rid of it, landscapers incorporated the stone into the design, using it in walls, borders, benches and more!
An oversized round fire pit overlooks the lake in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Gibson's Nursery & Landscape Supply in Spokane, Wash., which used Belgard's Mega Arbel pavers in a custom color for the patio and fire pit.
Lots of glass throughout the modern home allow the landscape to truly become part of the home. An open concept kitchen looks on to a chic dining area, which pairs a round glass table with patterned dining chairs and a contemporary dangling chandelier.
A custom designed architectural stone bridge connects flagstone walkways, leading visitors to different parts of the garden. The garden was built using stones in various shapes, textures and colors, ensuring visual interest is maintained through every inch of the landscape.
Concrete tiles are spaced apart by small, uniform strips of grass. The straight, tight line of the walkway leads directly to the stylish wooden front door. Perfectly spaced and aligned palm trees border the walkway adding texture to the landscaping.
The modern home is nestled in a valley adjacent to the Saugatuck River in Weston, Conn. Designed to be a part of its natural environment, the home is laid out seamlessly on the landscaped hill and features floor-to-ceiling windows to allow the outdoors to become the backdrop to the interior spaces.
A flock of tiny owls nestled on a mantel brings a whimsical woodsy element and texture to a winter landscape above the fireplace. You even could leave up some of your greenery and berries for this post-holiday look assembled by Atlanta designer Ann Wisniewski.
The clean, sharp edges, white brick design and fire stones of this outdoor fireplace give it a fully modern appeal. The white brick wall features a built-in stainless steel grill and black countertop cook space. Landscape lighting throughout the yard extends the warm look of the firelight through the space.
The retaining wall that surrounds this space separates the backyard from the surrounding hills. In the backyard, the family is able to enjoy the elegance of their traditionally landscaped backyard, while the hillside is protected from erosion by the foliage designers added to the sloping spaces.
Stone tile flooring creates a cohesive design in this luxurious backyard landscaping. Raised and lowered sections create pleasing levels offering different heights to enjoy the view. Unique, tall wicker chairs with bright blue cushions surround the fire pit. Fire bowls at the poolside continue the warm glow throughout the space.
The pool is a luxurious oasis that integrates perfectly with the elegantly designed Plano, Tex., home. The living room opens up seamlessly to the outdoor space, where the pool features a rock waterfall, spa and manicured landscaping.
You don’t need fancy equipment to water based on weather. Keep track of rainfall with a simple rain gauge so you can avoid watering when storms have provided sufficient moisture. For most landscape and vegetable plantings in average soils, about an inch of water per week provides enough moisture for strong growth.
As seen HGTV's Fixer Upper, the house that was once destined for the wrecking ball, has a new porch and stairs leading to the beautiful wooden front door. A new roof, modern gray paint, fresh landscaping, and all new windows make this house a jewel on the block, as opposed to the eyesore it once was.
Keep a few watering cans or buckets handy to give new additions to the landscape a drink during winter thaws. This is especially vital when winter doesn’t bring rains or snowfall. Newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials often fail to survive winter due to drought stress more than cold.
This naturalistic, circular fire pit carved from local sandstone features a distinct design fitting with the nature preserve located behind the fence. Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates in Santa Barbara, Calif., won an 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award for her design of the property in Goleta, Calif.