The Point Loma, Calif., home was built in 1935 and needed a renovation to bring it to the modern world. During the remodeling, it was important to preserve the historic front facade of the home. An inviting front courtyard features beautiful landscaping, a brick patio and lap pool covered by pergola.
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.
Plants that self-sow aggressively in the landscape can be beautiful in bloom, but a gardener’s nightmare if allowed to go to seed. Clip seedheads on plants that tend to self-sow heavily in your garden. Good candidates include joe-pye weed, goldenrod, boltonia and black-eyed susans.
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.
Simple manicured landscaping welcomes guests to this quaint English cottage home. The open porch is an inviting spot to sit and enjoy outdoors. A rustic arched wooden door centers the home, while black trimmed windows create a stylish contrast against the white exterior.
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 backyard landscape is bordered by tiers of sloping wooden fences and stone walls which complement preexisting stone details, including a sunken water feature in the foreground, and a contrasting elevated fire pit, contained by inlaid stone work, in the distance. A curving stone bench embedded with accent lighting joins the two features.
Horizontal lines are more calming than vertical lines, so horizontal fencing is highly favored when homeowners are seeking an outdoor sanctuary intended for relaxing, says Danna Cain of Atlanta-based Home & Garden Design. She adds that this aspect makes horizontal fencing an ideal complement for an Oriental or zen-themed landscape.
Evergreen shrubs bring a winter landscape to life. When the snow falls, take time to notice plantings around you, noting evergreen forms that you like. A mix of needle types and broadleaf evergreens creates a striking winter scene that also looks good in other seasons.
Ornamental grasses are stars of the fall landscape. Their height, texture and movement add interest that extends well beyond fall into winter. Take note of grasses that catch your eye this fall. Look for examples at botanic gardens or nurseries with display gardens. If you’re unsure if a grass’s height fits in your landscape, use a tall stake or tomato cage to represent the grass in planting beds. That three-dimensional stand-in can help you visualize how a grass would look.
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.
For year-round color, plant golden Hinoki false cypress. Plants glow in the landscape, reaching a size of 8-10 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide in 15 years. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8. Botanical name: Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Crippsii’
The front yard is planted with native grass seed and ornamental grasses at varied levels to create an edge for the entry patio. The linear design of the building extends into the landscape with concrete curbs and planters.
An stained cedar board-on-board fence has an organic design that fits with the outdoor setting. The fence, by Topiarius, a full-service landscape design, build and maintenance firm in Chicago, is made using applied decorative panels.
This patio, steps and stairs use Pennsylvania bluestone pavers at the base and steps made of crab orchard stone slabs. The tall walls are made of existing pressure-treated timbers that Atlanta-based King Landscaping incorporated into design. The border around the patio uses Pennsylvania blue stone with a thermal finish.
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.
Aloe africana strikes an attractive pose in the planters of an oceanfront home's green roof—one of two—in Chile. Landscape designer C. Stuart Moore elevated the already stunning surroundings with brighter plantings, such as mounds of Sesleria, blue fescue, sedums and echeverias.
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.