This lush courtyard has all the feel of a grand secret garden with a travertine patio and colorful landscaping. The plants include Japanese blueberry, Podocarpus and East Palatka Holly along the fence line.
Metallic accents, glass railings and rock beds greet those who visit this modern home located in the Southern California community of Corona del Mar. Clean lines are found in the hardscape, windows and roofline. Illuminated trees gives the space an elegant feel.
Modern Outdoor Space with Circular Garden and Cement Walls
A major challenge in designing this garden was the site, with a massive concrete pad that hides a dry well. It inspired the circular grass area. The designer chose not to cover or paint the cement walls but instead embraced the texture and how the cement reflects the light. The garden is accessed by stairs from the living room, which is located on top floor of the apartment, and from the bedrooms that are below the street level.
Stacked stone walls, a wood planked ceiling and lantern sconces create a warm, welcoming front entry. Patterned glass on the sidelights and transom window gives the front door a distinct Craftsman look.
Find a carrot variety that's right for your garden; not all carrots form elongated roots. Blunt-tipped Nantes types are the easiest for most backyard gardeners to grow. Imperators are the long, straight, tapered types usually sold in stores. Chantneys are short and stubby, and shaped like cones. You can also find mini varieties and radish-type carrots for growing in containers or heavy or rocky soils.
Stone steps lead to multiple tiers in the backyard of this luxury Australia estate. The 1870-built Gothic Revival mansion has been fully updated to meet the needs of a modern-day family. An infinity-edge pool and spa overlook sweeping views of Sydney Harbor.
From: Ken Jacobs
Luxury Portfolio International®
Exterior and Grounds at Night: Oceanfront Oasis in Sarasota, Fla.
This 2006 custom-built luxury masterpiece offers complete privacy while having full direct views and access to Florida's Sarasota Bay. For boater enthusiasts, the property also includes a private dock with lift.
Water tumbles across a steel structure surrounding the grill and into a basin below, creating a soothing sound for the pool area. The deck is clad in Oklahoma fieldstone, helping the property to blend with its natural desert surroundings.