In the Zen Garden, designers used materials that would complement the structure of the modern home, while creating a relaxing space for the homeowners. Modern concrete steps lead out into the space, while gravel paths create a neutral, soothing scene and cedar benches add space for relaxation.
The owners of this Arizona property wanted an elegant and modern outdoor space that related architecturally to their house and would be used for entertaining in a gallery-like setting. The two large sculptures were pieces the owners had in storage, and they were incorporated into the award-winning design by landscape architect Steve Martino.
The plantings change with seasons and attract wildlife like butterflies and bees. The designer used plants with yellow, whites and grays that can reflect light in the evening. It also used some evergreen perennials and architectural grasses for winter interest. The lower paved area and the long cement planter are in permanent shade and the area by the grass is super sunny.
Hard-lined geometric planters are softened with softly textured native grasses and vibrant succulent varieties that either drape over planter walls or act as sculptural pieces, which complement the architecture. The walls throughout the site not only aid in creating more usable space, but absorb the sun’s heat during the day and radiate it out in the cooler coastal evenings.
This garden's design was influenced by its original state. It originally was a cement pit full of gravel. To minimize the excavation of gravel, the designers created two levels: an Ipe deck with Synlawn grass on the upper level and a blue stone area with a waterfall/pond on the lower level. Breaking up levels made the garden visually bigger and engaging.
Three Sixty Design created fluid transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces for a client in suburban Denver, and the Colorado American Society of Landscape Architects gave it a 2014 honor award for residential design (over $100,000). The design makes the dream home a living work of art, with actual sculptures among a water feature in one portion of the 3-acre site.
A circular seating area reflects the garden's lower level design. The designer embraced the cement walls and added polished concrete planters. The bluestone paved area and the long cement planter are in permanent shade, so the planting consists of plants that can grow in the shade environment. The area by the grass is super sunny and required plants that thrive in those conditions.
An elegant water feature with a period sculpture lit at dusk provides dramatic visual interest and acts as an audible screen to street sounds. The award-winning design by DWY Landscape Architects of the property in Sarasota, Fla., harnessed the strong planar forms of its mid-century modern architecture to create equally bold exterior spaces.
Clean, horizontal lines and inviting modern furniture characterize this zen patio and garden space. A lighted accent wall draws attention to the water feature, which is nestled into a rock garden with neat rows of succulents. Colorful cushions and pillows brighten the space and give the seating and dining areas a cheerful vibe.
Landscape architect Steve Martino tried to exploit every opportunity he could find to make this sculpture garden an extension to the house. This small land-locked garden in Arizona had been separated into two levels by two sets of stairs and dominated by boulder retaining walls. Now, features such as a water channel create a visual axis from the entry door to the prized Kaneko ceramic sculpture.
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.
Large stones serve as restful art in this modern, zen backyard. A classic rock garden features rows of succulents, while subtle lighting accents the wood garden wall and water feature. A shaded seating area rests nearby.
The garden is 22 feet below street level and looked like a massive bunker because of cement walls. The designers did not cover or paint the cement walls and added polished concrete planters to refine the outdoor space. Semi-evergreen bamboo and English Ivy cover some of the space.
A sculptural steel archway creates a refined, modern industrial walkway in the backyard and garden. The designer used an abundance of steel, concrete and stone outside and brought some steel and stone features into the home to blend the line that separates inside from out.