One of the most common ways to use dwarf Alberta spruce in the landscape is to plant a pair flanking an entry, driveway or path. In this entry garden, two spruce frame the steps to the front porch, effectively calling attention to it. Clumps of pink spirea provide a pretty counterpoint to the steady green of this pair of porch-side spruces. In winter, dwarf Alberta spruce really shines, sounding a steady note of green through snows and winter cold. Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’) is hardy in Zones 2 to 8.
This home was originally built in the 1800s, but recent renovations tripled its size so it now encompasses 14,000 square feet. Designers' main challenge and goal was to seamlessly marry the historic architecture with the new elements.
Landscaping clearly articulates the entry statement even prior to encountering the front door in front of this neoclassical-style home. A row of cypress trees and paver driveway with a diamond grass pattern are as dramatic as the home itself.
Paving blocks are set within crushed seashells just beyond the entry gates of a home in Coral Gables, Fla., providing a multitude of private outdoor rooms and rich textures. The award-winning design by ArquitectonicaGEO also incorporates native plants.
This midcentury-modern home was remodeled in a way that retained its original character. The driveway, made of concrete pavers and black river stones, is designed to feel more like an entry court than a place to park your car.
A beautiful gray brick driveway leads to the front entrance of this mountain home exterior. Soaring windows and double garage doors add clean lines to the space while soft lighting provides a welcoming entry to the HGTV Dream Home 2014.
This landscape design concept was based on the modern lines of the home and allows the elegant forms to transfer onto the ground plane. The driveway and connecting pedestrian paths are formed concrete pads with a simple broom finish in a series of squares and rectangles. The voids between the pads are neatly topped with gray beach pebbles and allow rainwater to flow through, minimizing runoff onto the street. The pockets of plantings near the front entry contain sculptural accent plants.