A curving staircase built into a hillside leads to an outdoor terrace where you can relax on a wicker chaise lounge, protected by the shade of a sun umbrella. A garden of perennial herbs, flowers and grasses is built into the slope alongside the steps.
Multiple levels of gardens and outdoor living space overlook a canyon hillside. The top level is a bluestone patio featuring raised beds and a lounge area with fire pit and sectional. A second level of perennial gardens jut out from the wall. Below that, a rounded terrace features chaise lounges and a sun umbrella in shades of turquoise and green.
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."
A windy bridge leads down to this gem of a home, designed by Johannes Zingerle and nestled in the hills of St. Barts. Gardens, patios and picturesque stone paths surround the residence and open it up to incredible views.
To take advantage of the sloping hillside, the house has three primary levels with some mid-level elevation changes on each floor. This classically styled French Provençal home features Santa Barbara stucco, terracotta tile roof and a welcoming porch that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
A curved staircase alongside a sloping perennial garden leads down the hillside from the upper level patio to this smaller circular proscenium-style patio with chaises and umbrella overlooking the canyon.
This colonial home was cut into an east facing slope, with it’s rear garden protected from the elevated topography to the west. This pleasant place surrounded by hillside was left unrealized with its woodland edge wild and untamed, linear shrubbery foundation plantings and views out of prominent windows with nothing to gaze upon but the ubiquitous suburban lawn.
The edge of the remaining woodland was planted with flowering understory trees to add layers of color to the spring landscape. The birds that frequent them bring color and movement to the garden all year long. Plantings were sculpted into the hillside with grand blocks of cool and warm season grasses and vigorous perennials creating a sinuous edge to the upper perimeter of the garden.
The captivating pool and Polynesian roofed terrace provides a delightful focal point for the home, which is beautifully positioned within lush landscaped gardens approximately 500 feet above sea level on a 0.8-acre hillside promontory.
The cedar hot tub is tucked into the hillside, surrounded by field stone walls and a cozy flagstone patio. Restrained plantings take their cue from the stunning natural setting. Sweeps of native grasses and succulents dot the garden; olive trees provide structure and shade.
A custom designed table made from Italian porcelain flooring with a glass tile inlay is flanked by comfortable metal dining chairs with striped blue cushions in this outdoor dining area. The view from the table is expansive and opens up to hillsides covered in eucalyptus and palm trees and a comfortable lounge area with additional seating. The hillside lounge area is framed by two taupe pillars, a brick patio and a brown wood guardrail, emphasizing the neutral color palette of the garden.