A round fire pit is part of an overall outdoor living space in Tulsa, Okla., that includes a pool and outdoor kitchen. Oklahoma Landscape designed the fire pit and patio. Materials used are Belgard's Urbana stone pavers (for the fire pit) in Gascony Tan with Brookstone Slate for the border, and Belgard's Mega Arbel pavers in Gascony Tan and Ashberry Haze Field Blend for the patio.
The Estates at Acqualina, a Mediterranean-style luxury residential development, is an extension of the renowned Acqualina brand. It features 5.6 acres of grounds and gardens will boast lush landscaped gardens, multiple infinity pools, a FlowRider® for surfers, a basketball court, a bocce court, a dog park, soccer field, a romantic beachfront restaurant and 502 feet of Atlantic oceanfront with Five Star beach and pool services.
As fresh foliage disappears from the winter landscape, rabbits and other creatures start feasting on plants they don’t normally touch. Protect the crowns of plants that fit this category, like coral bells, with chicken wire or hardware cloth. Netting won’t outsmart creatures at this point in the season. Deer will paw it off; rabbits will sit on it and reach through to leaves.
An irregular bluestone pathway flanked with pachysandra leads to an Asian-style gate with pergola. The gate draws the eye through to frame the rear yard and entices one to enter. Designer tip: You do not need a fence to have a gate. Simply tucking an arbor gate into the landscape will draw the eye into the garden.
Cruise along the gravel driveway that leads up to this pretty Tudor-style cottage. The home’s dark green shutters, stone and shingle siding give the place fairy-tale like feel Mature landscaping and stone hardscaping give the large front yard a park-like feel.
Early-fruiting 'Pickering' (Mangifera indica hybrid) is a mango that you can grow in a container or the landscape. It grows vigorously and is less susceptible to diseases than some other mango varieties. Let the plants develop a strong trunk and branches before fruiting (this usually takes a couple of years). 'Pickering' mangos have a coconut-mango flavor without a lot of unwanted fiber.
Versatile and beautiful, the dwarf globe blue spruce is an eye-catcher in the landscape. The miniature tree features classic blue spruce needles on an upright stem. It’s a slow grower and eventually reaches 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide, but that size can take decades to achieve. Use this unusual tree in perennial beds, and underplant it with daylilies or catmint. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Botanical name: Picea Globe Blue Standard
Strong berry production, glossy evergreen leaves and a compact pyramidal shape make Castle Spire holly a great choice for smaller yards. Plants eventually grow 8-12 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. Use one as a specimen, or plant several to form a screen. This is also a great choice for a bird-friendly landscape. Hardy in Zones 5-7. Botanical name: Ilex x meserveae ‘Hachfee’
Often referred to as a bungalow-style home, Craftsman designs and layouts typically make use of every square inch of the home. Stunning landscaping and hardscaping, the variations in the roofline and a beautiful exterior color add charming curb appeal to this home.
Water plays a pivotal role in the landscape design of this Wyoming home. The ponds around the front of the barn are channeled into a sluiceway reminiscent of irrigation canals to be deposited into a natural-appearing body of water. The water is then recycled back to the front pond or allowed to seep back into the water table from whence it came.
Often grown as a hedge or small tree, Japanese privet brings a splashy floral show to the landscape. This is a fast grower in any climate, reaching 8-10 feet tall and 5-7 feet wide. It is considered invasive in some regions. Double-check with your local extension office before planting. Hardy in Zones 7 to 11. Botanical name: Ligustrum japonicum
The landscape design of this Wyoming home utilizes water as the primary component in the form of a series of ponds that thread their way through the site and house floor plan. A body of water surrounds the spa and is confined on all sides by man-made edges. It is channeled into a sluiceway, reminiscent of irrigation canals, to flow around the house and recycled back to the front pond.
The northwestern Wyoming home and barn is dominated by jurisdictional wetlands and natural water courses, so man-made water features are a natural enhancement to the landscape. In the front, the pond butts against the foundation of the barn and family room. The water exploits the glass chinking between the logs of the barn, providing a quietly dazzling mirror image of the barn.
The design of the water feature is on the same axis as the front door. It is a single piece of basalt that is core drilled in the center. This allows water to run down all four sides of the stone. The concrete planter is held 6” above the stone with 4 steel rods. Landscape lighting illuminates the waterfall spouts that decorate the feature.
Harvard design students Carly Augustine and Nicolas Lee suggest in their rendering how the outdoors could be experienced within and around the home. With the shift to urban life, millennials are living in smaller, more condensed spaces, many times without private outdoor space, so their views of private/public indoor/outdoor are shifting, Augustine says. Their project won a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award.
The paver walkway narrows and widens, adding interest to the renovated landscape and exterior of a Minnesota home. Southview Design laid out the red brick pavers in a soldier course pattern and selected a lighter tone for the walkway's border. Modular retaining walls with wide steps and landings extend the home's architecture to the street.
Permeable pavement was used at the driveway and entrance court of an Idaho home to collect stormwater/snow melt runoff and allow infiltration, says Eric Venclik with Arentz Landscape Architects. The home is anchored to the site through the use of ledge stairs and rock outcroppings. Large flanking boulders create pockets for colorful plantings during the short growing season.
Making late additions to the landscape can result in devastating losses next spring, especially in areas where the ground freezes. Perennials are the most susceptible to late planting, as alternating freezing and thawing of soil literally shoves plants out of soil, exposing crowns. Shrubs and trees can go into the ground later, but for best winter survival rates, you should have all plants in place by six weeks before soil typically freezes.