This gravel pathway winds through the serenely landscaped, terraced gardens that cover this home's property, connecting the upper spaces with the lower patio and entertaining space. Guests can stop at any point on this path and enjoy the beauty of the butterfly garden all the shrubs and bushes and stone, this garden feels as if it were found, naturally occurring rather than created by a skilled team of designers.
A sculptural steel archway creates a refined, modern industrial walkway in the backyard and garden. The designer used an abundance of steel, concrete and stone outside and brought some steel and stone features into the home to blend the line that separates inside from out.
Formal walkways in the garden lead visitors through a succession of rooms, each with their own ornamental focal points. Here, a series of overhead metal arbors act as guides for garden roses to grow and climb upon, structured at the base by topiary boxwoods and strong stone pillars.
To create the feel of a secret garden, foliage plants were planted right along the edge of the pathway where they could overlap the path slightly in some places, making this garden path feel as if it were exactly where it belonged.
Naturally textured elements like the grey, weathered shingles and the tumbled stone emphasize the pastoral feel of the property. The straight bluestone pavers provide a modern order to the entryway, but is softened by the purple, shaggy texture of the lavender.
Regular harvesting will keep plants, such as these in containers along a walkway, producing. You also will get even more produce from your small space, says Melinda Myers, an urban gardener. For example, she suggests picking outer leaves of lettuce and other greens when they are 4 to 6 inches tall and Swiss chard and kale when 8 to 10 inches inches tall.
The grounds of this Santa Barbara home were badly burned in the Tea Fire and needed to be redesigned. The new gardens incorporate outdoor living areas with walkways and colorful plants; the plan also reduced water usage and made the property's slopes more stable.
The visual interest in this home's yard comes from the interesting mix of materials and textures: gravel, concrete planters, a stucco wall, wood fencing. Green and yellow plants fill the space with life.