For year-round color, plant golden Hinoki false cypress. Plants glow in the landscape, reaching a size of 8-10 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide in 15 years. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8. Botanical name: Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Crippsii’
The HGTV Green Home 2011's front patio, clad in permeable pavers and buffered by conifers, offers a cozy conversation area. An outdoor gas fireplace, faced in thin-set brick, provides both warmth and ambiance. Emerald green arborvitae surround this patio, providing privacy and shade.
A covered entrance, vertical gardens and concrete stained a warm terra cotta hue brought the Birds of Prey Courtyard Garden at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013 alive. Designed by Davis Dalbok of Living Green Design, the living walls are draped with conifers, mosses, collectible Japanese maples and rare miniature baobab-type trees.