Looking out across the yard is like following a gradient, as soft yellow flowers lead to leafy shrubs, which then give way to a forest of evergreen trees. With so many plants in one place, the landscape is lush and a haven for local wildlife.
Concrete and gravel paths combine with concrete seat walls that edge the back of a main courtyard space in Sonoma County, Calif. The design by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects was an American Society of Landscape Architects award-winning project.
This gorgeous residence in Piney Point features a cottage style landscape that perfectly compliments the stately architecture with dramatic but tranquil flare. The stately home was softened with beautiful curves to compliment the brick lined walkway. Every nook and corner in the landscape was a perfect opportunity to create a creative landscape vignette.
Landscape glass is a type of recycled glass that’s bright and colorful. It’s a permanent mulch that doesn’t break down. Install glass mulch over high quality (commercial grade) landscape fabric so it doesn’t sink into soil. The glass is tumbled to remove sharp edges, but it does pose a threat to soft-bodied critters like slugs. Glass mulch is popular in xeriscape garden designs.
Annuals have to be replaced seasonally but perennial plants like these hostas and heucheras will come back year after year and eventually grow to fill out your garden (Wade's garden is still relatively young). The cost savings is clear, says Wade: fill your yard with smaller (cheaper) perennials and you only have to plant once.
Follow the landscaper's rule of thumb, says Wade and always plant in groups of 3, 5 and 7 for balance in the garden. And get more bang for your buck by choosing striking color combos. Purple and chartreuse is a classic combination.