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.
Strategically placed potted plants, border plantings of conifers and ground overs and colorful outdoor furniture acquire a unique symmetry in this highly visual pool design from Tidy Gardens Landscaping Inc.
HGTV Dream Home 2010 landscape designer Tom Holmes grouped plants and boulders in vignettes that would lead the eye through the yard. Flowering crabapple trees and an assortment of conifers add color and structure to the landscape.
Winterberry windowboxes, like this one, last a long time in cool weather. Tuck stems or sprigs of the berries into a box planted with dwarf conifers, decorated with pine cones or filled with cut greenery.
A Georgia garden incorporates designs and statues loved by the homeowners, including Pacific Northwest style in the form of conifers and sculptures, like the one to the right, which are reproductions of Frank Lloyd Wright pieces. The statue is a Nichols Bros. reproduction of Wright's "Midway Sprite" collection.
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.
The rawness of this stone sculpture contrasts with flowering plants, such as hydrangeas, in the Georgia garden of Lyman and Becky Smith. After Lyman Smith, a Georgia Tech graduate, retired from the telecommunications industry, he devoted time to creating his garden, with sections inspired by Japanese gardens, conifers from the Pacific Northwest and traditional Southern plants.
Bright blooms blanket ‘Kramer’s Red’ winter heath from winter into early spring. Plants have needle-like, evergreen leaves and grow to 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Use heath as a groundcover, or pair it with conifers for an eye-catching contrast. Heath grows in rocky soil and is low maintenance once established. Hardy in Zones 6-8.