Flowers and plants encircle this outdoor sitting area, making it feel like a natural part of the landscape. A bright blue umbrella complements the chairs on a landing below and offers relief from the sun.
To turn this backyard into the serene haven imagined by the homeowner, landscape designers cleared out the patchy lawn and replaced it with fruit trees, flowering shrubs and perennials. The careful mix ensures there's something to enjoy in any season.
Hellstrips are an simple solution for making a walkway more welcoming, says Carmen Johnston, owner of Carmen Johnston Gardens and Nectar & Co. in Georgia. She believes the big beautiful blooms, like this hellstrip she saw in Fairhope, Ala., are just as essential as the path they border. The walkway helps guests get where they are going, but hellstrips help them get there with a smile on their face, she says.
While the front yard may be small, this home relies on colorful flowering plants to provide a lively outdoor look. Several shrubs and bushes line either side of the entrance, while similar flowers cascade from window boxes and perfectly complement the rust orange shutters.
An unused area in the yard was used to create a large raised bed garden. The grass in the area wasn't growing properly due to poor soil; but it received sun all day. Varying heights were used to accommodate root systems of different kind of plants, and to create visual interest.
This serene spring fed pond is circled with large stones, mature trees and filled with lily pads. Located on 160 acres of majestic rolling Ontario hillside, this property offers spaces throughout that are beautifully maintained and professional landscaping.