By pairing Colorado moss rock boulders with South African aloe plants, landscape architect Lisa Gimmy essentially created an all-natural, 3D sculpture. Lush green grass highlights the design on all sides.
A 2-ton granite boulder, old driftwood tree and mosaic of beach stone are signature details in the entry courtyard of a contemporary Mediterranean residence. Landscape designer C. Stuart Moore also selected ferns, sedges and moss for the award-winning space.
To further complement the wooded lot, the landscape architects layered this outdoor space with large boulders and shrubs. Meanwhile, a paved patio wraps around the pool and creates a clear path to the open sitting room.
Ferns are lovely in the fall, says Jan Johnsen, owner of New York-based Johnsen Landscapes & Pools and author of "Heaven is a Garden." When ferns turn to burnished gold or light yellow, it looks like a filigree of leaves in a soft, quiet fall scene.
Nature is one of the purest forms of beauty that exists. Capturing that beauty in a controlled environment requires a keen understanding of current and future conditions. The garden's design includes a manmade stream surrounded by boulders that blends in perfectly with its surroundings.
In this spacious front garden, hedgerows serve as a boundary between houses, offering privacy and a clean border. Individual accent boulders dot the yard and create a visual contrast against the flat landscape.