A stepping stone pathway leads to this cool double reclining swing in a shade garden designed by homeowner Judy Hartley. Her suburban Atlanta garden was on the 2015 Through the Garden Gate tour hosted by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County.
This tiny alleyway didn't have much room for a garden. Designer Seth Boor made use of the space off of the bedroom by designing a custom succulent garden wall hanging. The garden wall adds an unexpected touch over a bed of asparagus fern.
Horizontal fencing is a “must” for a contemporary, modern or mid-century modern home because it complements these architectural styles, says Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design, based in Atlanta. Vertical fencing is always in visual conflict with these styles, she says.
Nature is one of the purest forms of beauty that exists. Capturing that beauty in a controlled environment requires a keen understanding of current and future conditions. The garden's design includes a manmade stream surrounded by boulders that blends in perfectly with its surroundings.
A natural garden design make this backyard patio area blend seamlessly into the surrounding Sierra Foothills landscape. Lush trees and plant life sit just beyond a patio wall made from stacked stones, while two Adirondack chairs provide the perfect space for taking in the view.
Teal is a popular choice indoors and out, starting with the front door. The peppy palette is a smart alternative for a homeowner who is tired of a black or taupe door, says Georgia landscape designer Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design. Photo by The Home Depot.
A luxurious sweep of lavender flanks this very French hillside garden designed by Shellene Mueller. Stone boulders echo the rose- and vine-draped pillars above. French gardens "celebrate the senses," Shellene says. "You're visually stimulated, you're smelling lavender and thyme, there's interesting texture — all the senses are stimulated."
This kitchen features an indoor herb garden designed by Reckless Iron Works, as seen on HGTV Fixer Upper. A white brick wall and white granite countertop creates a bright backdrop allowing the pot color and greenery to pop. Wood cutting boards and ceramic cookie jars are functional and decorative.
Known as "The Monastery," this landmark property includes more than 10 acres overlooking a grove of olive trees. Originally owned in 1934 by the famed conductor Leopold Stokowski with gardens designed by Lockwood de Forest, the estate received a modern update in 2008 when architect Barton Myers built the current house.
Horizontal lines are more calming than vertical lines, so horizontal fencing is highly favored when homeowners are seeking an outdoor sanctuary intended for relaxing, says Danna Cain of Atlanta-based Home & Garden Design. She adds that this aspect makes horizontal fencing an ideal complement for an Oriental or zen-themed landscape.
Deep purple, sun-loving coleus in containers pop against the orange-red brick and dark green front door of an Atlanta home. A mix of begonias were planted front and center, for easy maintenance. Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design also chose a bright yellow moss rose to complement the other plants.
This pergola offers a feeling of enclosure and a little dose of shade to this stunning outdoor living room. Garden designer Lisa Bartlett recommends using Sunbrella fabrics that really stand up to the elements for all outdoor upholstery and choosing outdoor furniture that doesn't look like outdoor furniture like this contemporary sectional.
Red stools and chairs, contemporary metal and mesh furniture and a water element make this Boston courtyard a chic hangout spot. The townhouse courtyard designed by A Blade of Grass has a plexiglass panel, fire feature and glass table on wheels. It was an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award winner for small garden design.
A symmetrical, geometric arrangement of built-in and freestanding planters adds interest to the exterior of this contemporary California home. Green grass between concrete pavers softens the walkway, and tall plants create a layered, interesting look for the garden design. Stacked stone on the home's facade blends with the colors of the sandy beach beyond.
Winter is a good time to evaluate your garden's design. Start by looking at your garden from indoors and other vantage points. Examine bed lines and paths. Are they logically placed, or do you need to add a new formal path? Determine if there is balance in the plantings or if one area seems too heavy or too light.
Increase safe passage in public areas of a garden by installing lighting. Beautiful stair rails feature a leaf motif. The railings appear to have sprouted from the ground and blend beauty with function, making the pathway safe and inviting. The garden design was very specific on circles and center points, requiring dutiful attention to axis points and perfect radii.
This garden's design was influenced by its original state. It originally was a cement pit full of gravel. To minimize the excavation of gravel, the designers created two levels: an Ipe deck with Synlawn grass on the upper level and a blue stone area with a waterfall/pond on the lower level. Breaking up levels made the garden visually bigger and engaging.