Turn your own backyard into a Zen paradise with a little elbow grease or, in this case, a great landscape architect. The look is accomplished with plants like Japanese maple, dogwoods, azaleas, ornamental grass and artfully placed rocks.
This large garden potting shed features lots of windows and a stone garden border. Rose pink doors and shutters add a sense of whimsy to a utilitarian structure. It's surrounded by a colorful cottage garden with canna lilies, black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia,) black sweet potato vine, chard, lavender, roses and amaranth.
Turn that rickety old ladder into a showcase for colorful plants and herbs. Karla Holley of Small Town Rambler spray-painted her wooden ladder in pastel blue then adorned it with a variety of pretty pots and planters. The ladder can also be used to store garden tools and potting soil.
A mix of red, green and yellow paint colors create a charming exterior on this Victorian home with ornate molding. The front porch is surrounded by a decorative, colorful railing and looks out over a small garden with shrubs and topiary.
A rose trellis on the arched front gate ushers visitors into the lush and colorful garden pathway to this remodeled, private country cottage. Nestled on nearly a quarter of an acre, the home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a detached art studio and is approximately 2,127 square feet.
Modern cotton has been bred to be all white for convenience, but gardeners who love novelty, and home weavers who appreciate natural colors, can grow heirloom varieties that are brown, green, and even pale lavender. Saving seed from year to year preserves their unique colors. Cotton needs warm soil and a long, hot season to mature its pods before fall.
Crystal Mountain Resort's 22 homes look out onto water features as well as colorful cottage gardens. The resort’s existing water resources, including snow plow dumps and captured run-off, supply the streams and pond, and provide irrigation and supplemental snow-making when needed.
Large boulders create a separation from the perfectly trimmed grass in this side yard up to the planted section of colorful outdoor flowers. Yellow, lavender and burgundy blooms add beautiful and bright natural color to the brown and gray rocks and vivid green grass.
Festive string lights can set a glow to nighttime parties and brighten up outdoor spaces during the day. The Soji™ Mod Tulip solar string light set has 10 bell-shaped nylon lanterns, stretching 33 feet in total length.
After, this patio has a new table but containers with an interesting patina. Buy cheap containers on closeout at a local home and garden store and then take thinned latex paint and do a wash on the containers for an aged/weathered look, Atlanta interior designer Steve McKenzie.
This backyard makeover from DIYNetwork's Yard Crashers is a multi-purpose space with a wooden pergola covering an entertaining space with a retro metal dining set. Further in to the yard, a custom bar with wooden bar stools overloooks a water feature and small garden bed.
Bromeliads transform any setting into a tropical paradise. These plants boast colorful leaves and unusual blooms with south-of-the-border hues including red, hot pink and purple. More than 50 percent of all bromeliads are epiphytes, growing without soil. Grow bromeliads indoors for living décor, or outside as landscape or container plants in warmest regions.