Peeking around the corner of this cedar-shingled home, visitors arrive at an elevated wood deck on a concrete paver and gravel pathway. The pastoral feel of the property is emphasized in the type of materials used, and the outdoor shower built into the side of the home is a reminder of its proximity to the sea.
The long and narrow backyard is divided into separate living areas, making the most of its limited space. A walkway connects the outdoor room to the fire pit lounge and elevated hot tub. A purple fence and lush landscaping color it a private retreat.
An infinity-edge pool and elevated hot tub provide a spot of vivid color in this neutral, contemporary backyard. Blue lighting and glass tile adds drama to the space, and tiered walkways lead to comfortable spots for lounging, dining and relaxing at this luxurious, lakeside retreat.
An existing stonework pathway and seating area is buffeted by natural border features including a backyard lawn and sloping tiers of curved stonework walls which add fluidity to the property's borders while adding depth to an elevated garden. Complementing the borders are the arced lines of an inlaid stone fire pit and bench.
Elevated mulch sections, a concrete path and accent wood panels create a beautiful collaboration of texture for the landscaping of this modern home. Concrete stepping stones border the shape of the house with strips of grass growing up in between. Plants and shrubs add personality and natural color to the gray and neutral home components.
An inlaid stonework walkway leads to an elevated seating area which anchors the backyard landscape. The platform is enclosed by tiers of curvaceous sloping stone walls and wooden fences which add fluidity in sharp contrast to the rocky surroundings. Complementing the curved lines of the backyard's border are a stonework fire pit and stone benches embedded with electric accent lighting.
Set in the corner of this entertaining backyard oasis, the spa-like hot tub invites visitors to relax. Accessible via a stone walkway over the pool, or an elevated lounge area, the hot tub provides a view of the entire backyard and is framed by tall walls for privacy. A cut-out recessed wall behind the hot tub provides the perfect place to set candles or other decorative elements.
The south elevation of this Montecito, Calif., estate showcases a beautiful terrace of herringbone brick walkways and turquoise reflecting pools. The gardens provide a tranquil atmosphere while water transports through narrow, shallow channels that are terraced to create cooling water.
Powder coated steel elevates edging to an art form when it takes the shape of a low fence. The design for this edging comes from Shakespeare’s garden in Stratford, England. These hoop stakes mark bed and path edges while also pulling double duty as plant supports. To draft hoops as edging, place them side by side or slightly overlapping along planting beds or paths. Hoop stake edging is the perfect choice for keeping annuals or perennials from falling over onto lawn or walkways.