When decorating a space, never underestimate the power of plants. Go for a mix of sizes and for a more dynamic look vary the leaf shape. The snake plant on the floor is angular and vertically oriented, while the lush fiddle leaf fig has large undulating leaves. Save yourself a bit of cash by periodically clipping from an interesting shrub in your back yard. Place them in a large pot, add water and you have an instant statement-making centerpiece.
Perfectly kept grass gives a rich green floor to this beautiful backyard, and a neatly kept garden borders the grass. The white fence encompasses the area and highlights the natural colors of the plants. An orange bench is tucked between shrubs for a private sitting spot.
A cleanly landscaped yard with short shrubs allow this gorgeous French Colonial to shine against the natural background. Tall brick chimneys extend into the trees while a unique vertical pattern decorates the home exterior. A gravel walkway travels from the home to the serene backyard pond.
This Newport Beach, Calif., backyard has sweeping views of the coast and Pacific Ocean. The linear swimming pool pairs with a sleek hot tub and flagstone walkway for an inviting, relaxing outdoor space. Flower beds are full of beautiful plants, shrubs and trees and highlight the lush green lawn.
The view from this home's backyard can't be beat. From the city in the distance to the perfectly manicured lawn and shrubs to the beautifully lit pool, it's a perfect spot for enjoying the beauty in life. Modern lounge chairs arranged symmetrically add to the grandeur of the area.
This expansive backyard, designed by Cory Jorgensen, features a swimming pool that cascades over into a waterfall feature. Shrubs planted throughout the yard are trimmed into a plush, bulb shape for a full looking finish. The light concrete patio shines brightly in the sun next to the vivid green lawn.
With its bistro lights, hydrangea bushes and views of the balcony above, this patio becomes a romantic retreat right in the owners' backyard. Here, a traditional wood table and set of chairs encourage dining al fresco, while the formal sitting area waits at the ready for drinks.
The Newport Beach, Calif., backyard is divided into multiple living areas. Comfortable lounge chairs flank one side of the sleek pool, while stone steps lead over the hot tub. A lush lawn is surrounded by native grasses and beautiful trees and shrubs. The fire pit adds a warm space to gather in the evenings.
Cory Jorgensen designed this swimming pool waterfall feature to compliment the levels of this tiered backyard. The pool flows over the side landing in a smaller pool section with concrete tile stepping stones. The natural rock exterior of the waterfall, and retaining wall sections, are a nice contrast to the bright, healthy green coloring of the grass and shrubs.
Japanese beetles love the soft tissue of flower petals, whether it’s butterfly bush, roses or purple coneflower. These eating machines can destroy beautiful blooms, turning pretty petals into raggedy, rotting messes. To get a handle on Japanese beetles, knock individual bugs into soapy water. They lay eggs in moist lawns, so cut back watering from late June to late July, when beetles are mating (check with your local extension office for precise timing for your area). Don’t hang Japanese beetle traps—they’ll only lure more beetles to your yard than you already have. Use caution with systemic pesticides, which you water into soil for roots to absorb and move through an entire plant. If the active ingredient is imidacloprid, this chemical has been implicated in bee colony collapse disorder.