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.
The smooth surface of the pool and spa reflect the vibrant colors of the existing trees standing sentry around the space. At the far end of the patio, two additional zinc-washed planters and a row of single stem Amelanchier trees announce the transition from the patio to the expansive lawn and garden beyond.
The cool, contemporary features of this garden are complemented by adding textures and color with other contrasting materials. Native plants in the background soften the concrete planters, and the comfortable wood outdoor couch is made even more inviting with the addition of colorful, overstuffed pillows and a cozy throw blanket. Who wouldn't want to curl up next to that fire pit on a crisp California evening?
Landscape designers Mark Scott and Associates' design for the exterior of this lovely home shows their know-how in developing a concept and carrying it through. The exterior of this home, while lovely on its own, is strengthened by the type and placement of the landscaping, such as setting a straight line of planters against rounded portico entrances and adding green space to divide the garden area from the house.
The white tub on a red stand is a versatile outdoor item that Beth Johnson of B Interiors found at a sample sale. Use it as a drink cooler, toy holder, planter or container for garden supplies, for just a few ideas. Also, Johnson says melamine plates, which come in various shapes and patterns, are a budget-conscious buy for a vibrant patio table. You can find 12-piece sets for about $50. This table setting also includes vintage juice glasses from a thrift shop.
Keep big container gardens light enough to move by filling the bottom third with lightweight plastics. Upside down flower pots and an empty lidded juice bottle neatly fill space in the bottom of the pot and won’t rot during the course of many growing seasons. Using plastics in the bottom of pots also saves on soil—saving you money. Plastics promote healthy plants by providing an air pocket for plant roots, which helps to prevent waterlogged soil, even during the wettest seasons. Where to find possible space fillers for large planters? Raid your recycling bin, choosing rigid plastics over softer, milk jug-types.