Native to the Mediterranean region, the bay tree is widely cultivated as an ornamental there and as a houseplant in colder climates – mainly because it’s an excellent candidate for growing as a topiary. Hardy only to zone 7, it’s ideal for forming low hedges. Although it can grow into a tree up to 40 to 50 feet tall, bay is often maintained as a large shrub in containers. In spring, it puts out small yellow flowers, which by fall develop into dark purple berries.
Green shrubs and trees add an element of privacy to this Mediterranean style home. A retaining wall keeps the landscape clean and beautiful, and the driveway offers plenty of space for parking thanks to the wide area and two-bay garage.
Palm trees fill this tropical waterfront property in Lido Key, Florida. A well-groomed lawn surrounded by foliage plants and flowering plants are key elements in the front yard of the new two-story custom home with bay views.
Surrounded by beautiful landscaping and palm trees, this 1935 Spanish Colonial Revival home pairs a stucco exterior and terracotta roof tiles. A stucco fence and iron gate provide privacy to the home, which has beautiful views of the San Diego bay.
This private villa, on a narrow lot fronting a protected bay in Tulum, Mexico, was designed to be fully self-sufficient and to immerse the occupants in the range of environments that the site offers. A narrow path brings visitors through dense vegetation to a large great room that is fully open to the beach beyond.
Marble tile creates a decorative and attractive patio floor around the curves of this backyard swimming pool and circular fire pit. A small section of bright grass and a collection of palm trees adds natural color and creates a natural separation between the home's property and the bay water.
Surrounded by a berm for insulation and lined with cedar shingles, this reflection area at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 is a cozy respite from the winds off the nearby San Francisco Bay. The centerpiece of the design is a 15-year-old coastal live oak, which thrives in salty air and is tolerant of California's drought conditions.
Overlooking the beautiful Naples Bay, an infinity edge pool and spa provides a luxurious spot to relax and cool off. Strategically placed palm trees offer some shade, and a private dock allows access to the bay beyond.
Dreaming of a rustic mountain retreat? Bet these are the vistas you're picturing. Tucked up in the forests of Washington state, the cabin's views include Dabob Bay waterfront and trees, trees everywhere.
Set along one of Northern Virginia’s premier golf courses, this outdoor space provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital. The natural beauty of the golf course and its landscape are drawn in by the 60-foot infinity edge along the pool. The warm tones provided by the Copper Bay stone decks and field stone allow for a rich and fun pop of blue along the pool and spa.
An infinity edge pool and spa create a serene place to enjoy some sunshine at this Mediterranean villa. Beautiful views of Naples Bay stretch beyond, with private dock access and surrounding palm trees.
The expansive grounds of this gorgeous contemporary home include botanical gardens with some 60 plus varieties of palms, native plants and fruit trees; a secluded pool and pavilion; and breathtaking views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Little Sarasota Bay.
Even at dusk, the Whitaker Bayou residence is quite the show-stopper against the lush, tropical landscape. Strategically placed palm trees frame the nearly 12,000 square foot home, which includes a six bay garage --perfect for the avid car collector.
The walkway to the front door of this new two-story home in Lido Key, Florida, features a decorative water installation. The home offers beautiful bay views and showcases a tropical landscape with elements such as palm trees.
The Horseshoe Bay residence was stripped down to the foundation and only a few walls remained when Jay Corder and his team began their remodel. With the residence sitting on lake front property, site slope was a major factor in the overall design and site plan of the house. The boathouse dock area and walkway follow the same terraced layout as the waterfront residence further from the water. Overhanging trees provide pools of shade alongside the sunbathing areas and fishing dock.