Raised kitchen garden planters made the sloped front yard into a pretty and functional space. Redwood steps and gravel patches ease access between the beds. And the whole lovely scene can also be enjoyed from the shade of the porch.
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.
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.
An exuberant flower garden leads the eye toward a beautiful garden retreat. HGTV fan lross7577 shares this image of a storage shed which underwent a total renovation, complete with a gas fireplace, bluestone patio and firepit.
Off the driveway, a welcoming front yard garden and water feature greets guests. The patio mixes pavers and crushed gravel, which surrounds the elegant koi pond complete with waterfall and antique stones.
Lighting fixtures painted a soft teal complement the home's beige hues, while blue fescue grasses (Festuca glauca) echo the color of the lamp posts. Brown pots placed along the walkway tie the landscape, designed by Philip Thornburg of Winterbloom, back to the house.
Fall is the best time to add maintenance to your garden beds with activities such as mulching, says Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co. Mulching helps insulate delicate root systems from extreme cold temperatures and dry winter air.
Beautiful flowering plants and manicured hedges surround the sophisticated crushed gravel patio and koi pond. Hand-stacked stone above the waterfall mimic architectural elements found in other parts of the garden.