Clusters of kangaroo paw plants and ornamental grasses fill the garden with seasonal colors. Thanks to their short stature, these plants also allow the owners to enjoy views of the Santa Monica mountains.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
With a swimming pool and mountain views, this contemporary backyard from Zacate Landscape Design is a real stunner. After enjoying dinner by the water, the owners can retreat to their cool fireside lounge for drinks and casual conversation.
Instead of stealing the spotlight, this modern home in Scottsdale, Ariz. uses a streamlined, one-story design to keep all eyes on its desert surroundings. As a result, guests who follow the paved driveway can admire tall saguaro plants and see Pinnacle Peak in all its glory.
This large stepping stone path is part of a private vista garden located in the North Carolina mountains. A large rock serves as a resting bench for those traveling on the walkway. The landscape is kept simple so the mountains become the space's main focal point.
The stacked stone siding and retaining walls help this rustic home blend into its natural surroundings. Speckled with shrubs and trees, the landscape is beautifully laid out to complement the home's design.
Designed by Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, a wood-burning fireplace was cast in place of concrete with a board-form finish. Its covered position protects it from the summer winds in its Vermont setting.
Landscaping lighting illuminates the walkway to a home that blends coastal and contemporary architecture. A small seating area with Adirondack chairs is perfect for taking in the sunset or the distant Olympic Mountains.
A bonus feature of these picturesque gardens? They were designed and constructed sustainably. Water features use captured runoff and elements of the original site were repurposed throughout the landscaping.
Elegant desert landscaping leads to this modern home in La Quinta, Calif., which was designed with materials representing its surroundings. The home is nestled between prestigious Madison Club golf and the majestic Santa Rosa mountains.
The transition from the mountain landscape into the home's outdoor areas feels practically seamless. Walls made with boulders and terraced steps are a graceful blend with the natural foliage. And charming steps and walkways lead the visitor through it all.