Gorgeous established trees surround this Mediterranean backyard to provide shade and privacy. Terracotta roof tiles mix with a stucco exterior and wood-framed windows and French doors for an Old World-inspired home.
Designer Matt Partridge of Juergen Partridge Limited installed multiple structures that provide shady, gathering spots on even the hottest days in this romantic backyard. To enhance the woodwork, he applied multiple stain colors to the cedar structure and decks. Designer Tip: When planning an outdoor space, think about your lifestyle and how you'll use it — whether as a recreational area for a young, active family or as a private, serene spot for relaxing and reading.
Thanks to a lot of DIY work and attention to detail, Chip Wade's Atlanta backyard has a naturalistic look that will become even more beautiful as plants and trees mature. Save money by buying smaller plants and enjoy the process of watching them fill out.
A modern rock garden, rows of succulents and restful geometry create a backyard retreat that's both zen and cozy. An ipe wood screen creates a focal point and draws the eye to a water feature. A shaded corner offers a great spot to relax.
This well-manicured backyard also includes two border gardens, each filled with flowers, shrubs and trees. A wood post fence lines the perimeter of the yard, complete with an arch above the entrance gate.
In general, the biggest mistake in backyard design is one oversized patio with plantings on the borders. When you're designing outdoor space you have to think about how people socialize. As soon as you have more than four people over they break into different groups, and that's how your yard should be divided, too.
The goals for this home's extensive outdoor space: Keep it sustainable; include spots for entertaining and quiet reflection; and evoke the Iowa prairies, the homeowners' native terrain. Grasses are a low-maintenance choice and lots of shade trees temper the sun and glare.