A custom-built wood plank wall encloses the stone patio of this urban dwelling, adding uniqueness and style along with maximum privacy. Niches spaced along the wall create spots for plants or other accessories, and covered seating offers a cozy spot for family and friends.
Here's the outdoor area of a funky Mexican restaurant called Broken Spanish Taqueria. A 500-square-foot interior patio with crowd-friendly tables sits under a kitschy, faux fern-laden pergola and custom painted, lush garden walls. The designer wanted the place to seem like guests were entering someone’s garden or Grandma’s backyard, where families gather and a festive sense of the outdoors is felt indoors.
A feature wall leads visitors to the spa-like hot tub, but not before leading them along a unique feature wall. Three stone "frames" are the home to glass and metal sconces which have both fire and light elements. Below the scones, water flows from tiny spouts into the pool, creating an audible element along the pathway to the relaxing spa.
A modern grilling space by Word + Carr Design Group, complemented by purple and green foliage, intersects beauty and function. The wood and steel bench holds a smoker while the wood retaining wall adds refinement to the native vegetation of Austin, Texas, earning this structure the ASLA 2018 Award of Excellence in residential design category.
Challenges included the below-ground garden, cement walls, unmovable A/C pipes and a massive concrete pad that hides the dry well. The cement walls have a interesting way of reflecting light and fit with the modern structure.
Violas, dianthus and poppies breathe color into Walled Garden plantings after bulbs fade. Choose cool-season annuals to fill containers and planting beds with petals that shrug off late-spring cold snaps. Other good choices for early season flowers include pansy, forget-me-not, snapdragon, flowering stock and sweet alyssum. In beds, plant bloomers in blocks for a punch of can’t-miss color.
A striped floor leads to the highlight of this patio design featuring a 3D designed copper wall. Birch trees weave through the protruding panels of the wall integrating the design with the garden. A row of lush succulents lines the wall with landscape lighting shining up and reflecting off the metal finish.
The secret behind Biltmore’s color-packed bulb display is planting technique. “A signature for us is planting multiple bulbs in the same hole,” Andes explains. “This transforms a typical 10-day tulip show into 21 full days of blooms. We use augers to dig planting holes, but you could also use a posthole digger to get the same result.” Gardeners drop two to three bulbs of the same variety, as many as six or seven bulbs total, into the planting hole, mixing early, mid- and late-spring bulbs. A typical bulb combination is a hyacinth (early), mid-spring daffodil and late-spring tulip.