A birds-eye view of this contemporary garden shows just how many different uses the space encompasses. Take a dip in the pool, relax by the fire pit, or soak in the hot tub - there's something for everyone in this sleek and sun-soaked space.
This light-filled living room uses soaring ceilings and clerestory windows to capture views of the adjacent garden. In turn, the owners can soak up natural light, cool breezes and greenery without even leaving their seats.
The property's terraced gardens were designed by Agnes Clark and feature flowering trees, rich green ivy and beautiful hydrangea bushes. A stone walkway winds through the space so that the owners can soak up the views without disturbing the plants.
An impressive stone garden wall with circular cut-out provides a backdrop for a comfortable lounge area next to this South Florida home's pool. The circular window provides a view into the garden beyond which is planted with towering bamboo, Queen palms and Mexican Fan Palms. The elevated stone patio is the perfect place for visitors to relax poolside and soak in the sun on three contemporary, mesh lounge chairs.
Rain gardens earn their keep, catching rain water runoff from roofs, driveways and lawns. A well-designed rain garden holds runoff long enough so it can soak into soil, instead of running into storm sewers. It also helps clean rain water runoff by removing up to 90 percent of fertilizer nutrients and up to 80 percent of sediments. Best of all, a rain garden can look gorgeous while effectively handling storm water runoff. This rain garden design features strong summer and fall color, with gold black-eyed susan, purple Russian sage, purple coneflower and rose-pink ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum.
A small and slender rain garden occupies what was the end of a grassy lawn tucked between a brick walk and driveway. Not only does this rain garden reduce the lawn care routine, it also handles a large amount of rain water runoff that flows from surrounding hardscape. With a rain garden that collects water passively, by gravity flow, it’s important to create openings into the basin at the low points along hardscape where water naturally flows. River rock spillways help guide water into the basin of this rain garden, where it can slowly soak into soil.
A luxurious soaking tub with a marble surround is the ultimate place to relax and unwind in this master bathroom. Shutter-style doors open up to a private garden, adding to the appeal of this elegant space. Beautifully carved his and hers vanities feature a mirrored storage closet to separate the spaces, and a tray ceiling above the bathtub completes the design.
Think outside the plastic PV stake-light! Your garden path can step into a whole new realm of style with sun-soaked stepping stones. These solar pavers and tiles come in a variety of different designs to suit your needs, and you’ll be glowing with pride as your guests “ooh” and “ahh” at your remarkably fashionable solar-powered outdoor path.
Immediately after planting, water your container garden thoroughly. Use a watering can with a rose or the gentle shower setting on a hose end sprayer. You may have to water the pot several times over the course of a few minutes to completely soak soil. If you’re planting in one area and will display your pots in another, place your pots in their final destination before watering. (Wet soil is heavier to carry.)