Drawing on the home's charming French country style, the landscape architects decorated the front yard with pretty trees and flowers. Mass planted Russian sage and ornamental grasses fill the beds, while stone columns offer symmetry and balance.
No way does the front yard of this 1950s home feel outdated. Landscape designers gave it a simple, contemporary look with low-maintenance plants that thrive in the California climate, gravel and edgy touches like concrete walls and walkways.
In this sloped front yard, there had been a problem with water runoff from the road and driveway. The solution is as pretty as it is practical: Liriope as a ground cover slows down and filters the water. And in August, it blooms with a collection of small flowers.
This Santa Barbara style front yard feels both tropical and rustic. The entertainment space framed by four trees and featuring a fireplace lends itself to the natural rustic feel. The bright blue of the lounge chairs adds that tropical pop of color that makes it feel like a getaway.
The exterior is painted a handsome dark gray with the garage door and columns left unpainted for a pop of warm contrast. For a dynamic entrance, there's an asymmetrical walkway surrounded by low-scale greenery, leading up to the front door.
Well-planned garden beds make a graceful border for this Tudor home's front walkway. The plant palette is a mix of purple, yellow and white with ornamental grasses and evergreens providing year-round interest.
Lawns demand a lot of time and attention to look their best. Mowing, weeding, feeding—it’s a year-round effort to keep grass gorgeous. One way to reduce your time investment in lawn care is to limit the amount of lawn you have. Trade turf for pretty planting beds stocked with shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses. This bed happens to be a rain garden, which means its beauty is more than petal deep. It also helps to disperse rainwater runoff.
This garden's palette was inspired by house's exterior. Paths invite exploration through the various edible plants. Garden beds on either side of the walkway were raised slightly, then planted with purple smoke bush and silver olive trees to give the residents more privacy.
Consider designing a pair of mirrored rain gardens to flank a central walkway. By the second growing season, these beds will sparkle as lush gardens filled with shrubs, ornamental grasses, sedges, corkscrew rush, perennials and evergreens. A stone spillway directs rain water runoff from nearby hard surfaces into the rain garden basin. On the lower side, an overflow spillway and drainage pipe shifts rain water runoff to nearby storm sewer channels when heavy rains fill the rain garden to overflowing. Including an overflow spillway helps ensure water doesn’t backflow to swamp your home’s foundation.