To make this two-story shingled home feel more peaceful and private, the landscape architects flanked the front walkway with flower beds and bushes. Now with some separation between the house and the road, the portico seems a lot more quiet.
In the center of this backyard, trimmed hedges and perennial beds encircle a traditional stone statue. Thanks to double-hung windows on both floors of the house, the owners can enjoy the view even when they're inside.
A cozy patio includes a fire pit and rocking chairs, where family and guests may enjoy temperate Dallas nights. The patio is trimmed by a koi pond and terraced flower beds and is accessible by a slate bridge, lending to its intimate feel.
It can be tough to design a long and narrow plot of land -- and to maximize usage of space. Here, the designer added a tiered system to create a sense of dimension and order needed when incorporating so many spaces and elements. The curved walkway softens the block-like plot, and several garden and flower beds liven up the yard.
The pale yellow exterior of this home gives it a sweet and timeless appeal. Black shutters offer a contrast to the light wall coloring. A beautifully landscaped lawn is decorated with flower beds circling tall palms framing the light brick driveway.
A sunken bocce court is separated from the swimming pool in the backyard garden of this La Jolla, California, garden home by a curated blend of topiary, shrubbery, and beds of wildflowers. The once overgrown garden maintains its wild origins while remaining classically styled. In the background multicolored stonework walls are broken up, adding depth, color, and texture to the environment.
A raised flower bed with a cement bird bath adds curb appeal to this brick home featured on HGTV's Buying and Selling. Low-maintenance landscaping around the walkway created a charming entrance to this one-story home with a two-car garage.
Here's an unexpected structure on the grounds of a beautiful beach house: A chicken coop! Oversized flowers and packed flower beds add to the wild feel of this outdoor space, while topiaries bring a sense of form and order.
If you’re an avid rock collector, you can put your collection to good use as a lawn edging along flower beds. With this type of lawn edging, use any size of stones, arranging them to create a visual tapestry of color and texture. Many gardeners who opt for a mixed stone edging rely on a spritz of grass killer to keep turf from growing around and between rocks. It creates a look like this at first, with the grass being straw colored and dead. After the grass dies, it breaks down, and the rocks take the spotlight.
A mix of patterns and bright colors on the comforter and rug decorate this bed from above and below. The bright turquoise bed frame showcases a beautiful color against the surrounding vivid hues with the added appeal of a distressed finish. A rusted antique panel displays a floral outline for added detail.
In the cool weather seasons of fall and spring, count on flowering stock (Matthiola incana) to deliver amazing fragrance with its strong and spicy clove scented blooms. This variety is ‘Sugar & Spice,’ and it grows 10 to 12 inches tall and 8 to 10 inches wide. Stock is a much beloved old-fashioned flower, a common plant in Victorian-era gardens. The modern varieties offer things like better heat tolerance and a vivid range of jewel-tone blooms, including deep violet, rose-pink, fuchsia and white. Use flowering stock in containers or planting beds, placing it near an entrance so you can savor the scent. This is an annual plant, dying after hard frost.
The landscape architects of this space explored the use of scale, shape and color to create a detailed, nuanced patio, garden and yard. The square beds containing red plants and flowers bring a sense of order, while the garden beyond feels wild and untamed; this creates a pleasing sense of balance.
Include beautiful lavender in your garden plans to help keep biting mosquitoes at bay. Varieties with higher camphor properties are the most effective insect repellents. This includes ‘Provence’ and ‘Grosso’ lavender. On a sunny day, lavender releases its aromatic oils naturally. In the evening, reap its bug-busting benefits by crushing flower buds and leaves and rubbing them on your skin. Tuck lavender into pots or planting beds. Grab lavender topiaries if your outdoor seating areas feature a formal flair.
Cheerful and bright, marigolds make an easy-to-grow addition to any garden plan—in pots or planting beds. These perky annuals bring terrific color all season long. What you might not know is that marigolds pack a punch to many insects, including mosquitoes, thanks to chemical insecticides they release. That’s why marigolds have such a strong odor when you touch them. Both flowers and leaves release the chemicals, but blossoms deliver the strongest punch. Other insects that marigolds deter include aphid, whitefly, thrips, tomato hornworm, Mexican bean beetle and squash bug. Tuck marigolds into pots on the patio to make summer evenings less buggy. Or use them in the vegetable garden to help repel pests.