A fence around a tennis court on a Palm Springs, Calif., property is made of 2-foot square fiberglass panels that allow breezes to flow through. The client wanted an outdoor environment that was “groovy, cool and sexy," according to landscape architect Steve Martino and Associates. The project, with mid-century modern elements in desert style, won an American Society of Landscape Design award.
A stone fence on an 2.5-acre Atlanta estate, called Rivermeade, by Harrison Design, adds a design element without blocking views of the natural meadow behind the property. The residence has been featured on the tours by the Atlanta Botanical Garden and The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and was featured on a TV show, Tyler Perry’s "For Better or Worse" sitcom.
Thirty miles off the Massachusetts coast, Nantucket lures tourists with its lighthouses, sand dunes and deep sea fishing. But as summer unfolds, the island’s gardens take center stage, stealing the spotlight with romantic blossoms. One of Nantucket’s famous bloomers—hydrangeas—glow with rich hues, thanks to the mild maritime climate. A cool, temperate summer coupled with enveloping fogs coaxes these shrubs to open larger-than-life blooms that look this good in mid-July. Acidic soil gives rise to the stunning blue shades.
On Nantucket, high-flying roses perform like trapeze artists, defying gravity as they clamber up walls and scamper across rooftops. Strong ocean winds limit tree growth, so climbing roses provide needed vertical interest in gardens. A cedar trellis supports the roses. Stainless steel screws attach vertical trellis pieces to house and roof, with horizontals placed on top to provide air flow between rose canes and wooden surfaces. Trellises can easily be removed—with roses attached—to permit home repairs. The climbing roses responsible for Nantucket’s rose-covered cottages include ‘Dorothy Perkins’ (miniature double pink blooms), ‘American Pillar’ (single deep pink) and ‘New Dawn’ (large double light pink).
This historic home was built in the 1930s by Hugh M. Woods and features a 4,397-square-foot floor plan, two-car detached garage and even a basement. Gold address numbers welcome visitors and complement the traditional architecture.
Desert masonry walls, made of native stone imbedded in cast concrete, and the entry gate enclose the new garden on a ranch in west Texas. The overall transformation of the ranch property, by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, was a 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
Even the fencing is extraordinary -- all Brazilian handcrafted hardwood with bronze detailing. No matter which side of the garden they stand on, guests will enjoy views of the wood, stone paths and ornamental grasses.