Hanging baskets and other containers are perfect for Viola Anytime® Dove. The semi-trailing plants also add a splash of white to the landscape for gardeners in USDA zones 5 and warmer, often blooming into the winter.
This modern zen courtyard features a 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple among large native boulders that serve as paver steps and crushed gravel. The project by Buttercup Design Group for the property on Shelter Island, N.Y., won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
A stone driveway and cooling fountain welcomes you onto this property. A grand walkway leads you to the front door of this gorgeous home featuring columns. The landscape and design look beautiful against the lively natural surroundings.
A fence made of curving perpendicular white rods adds visual interest and safety to the pool area of a south Florida property. The white fence is part of the landscape design by ArquitectonicaGEO, a Florida ASLA Annual Design Award winner.
A deep porch with traditional beams and railing, dressed with hanging potted plants, brings a classic Americana feel to this Laurel, Miss., bungalow. Simple landscaping and concrete stairs lead up the house, which evokes small time charm.
The landscaping and water features are inspired by the house's setting: the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. This series of waterfalls and pools are outside the master suite, giving the rooms the soothing sound of trickling water.
A high-design option is this modern fire pit by Boxhill. The Vesta fire pit, part of its Glow! collection, was a finalist for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers 2015 Product of the Year. It comes in natural rust and raw steel finishes.
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.
When landscape architect Katharine Webster first saw the front garden at the home that would become the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, she felt something was missing in parterre garden constructed of boxwoods and backed by an ivy-colored wall. Webster introduced UPBEAT, an aluminum sculpture by Clement Meadmore, to complement the space.
Stucco walls pair with rustic flower boxes and a sleek iron gate to create a welcoming entrance to this southwestern-style home. Low-water landscaping makes a big impact, while still maintaining the look and needs of the property.
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.
Hedera helix takes it common name, Duckfoot ivy, from the shape of its charming leaves. Hardy in zones 5 to 9, it's a nice spiller, or trailing plant, for containers, and spreads easily in sunny or shady landscapes. If your winter is very cold, dig some of this ivy to overwinter indoors; it's adaptable as a houseplant.
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.
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.
The front door of this home is both elegant and welcoming. The brick path leading up to the blue door welcomes guests inside, while the flowers in the roundabout and the perfectly landscaped shrubs and gardens give the home an elegance the mimics its mountain surroundings.
It is important for outdoor spaces to be an aesthetic object for the visual senses, says Nicolas Lee, who won a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects honor award as a student at Harvard. This Atlanta condo terrace features plantings maintained by the complex. The millennial condo owner has also invested in a container plant.
Bromeliads transform any setting into a tropical paradise. These plants boast colorful leaves and unusual blooms with south-of-the-border hues including red, hot pink and purple. More than 50 percent of all bromeliads are epiphytes, growing without soil. Grow bromeliads indoors for living décor, or outside as landscape or container plants in warmest regions.
This juniper is versatile in the landscape, growing in containers or beds. It’s deer resistant and drought- and salt tolerant. Plants grow quickly to a mature size of 2-3 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. Expect 6-10 inches of growth per year. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9. Botanical name: Juniperus chinensis sargentii ‘Viridis’