This beautiful home features a tasteful and timeless design. Black roof shingles add texture to the gray siding. A small stone stairway leads through the neatly mulched garden from the the sidewalk to the driveway.
A paver pathway leads out into the backyard to a sitting area that looks back over a reflective pond. Along the way a sunken fireside patio is separated from the pathway using natural stone steps. Mulched garden areas surround the patio sections giving natural life and color to the design.
This 1600-square-foot home in East Austin, TX combines gray wood siding with a medium brown stained wood to create a contemporary exterior. A blend of natural stone and mulch provide groundcover, while long horizontal windows show off a sneak peek of the home's interior design.
A paver patio section is surrounded with boulders and bright plant life for a gorgeous mix of texture to naturally decorate the space. A stone fire pit is surrounded by brown adirondack chairs on the paver patio. A fountain blends into the mulched area creating a subtle extra in the design.
This area begins the walkway that invites you out into the backyard oasis. Warm landscape lighting gives a cozy and inviting feel to the paver patio. Mulch in the surrounding garden area and a natural rock section of the home's exterior wall add texture to the design. A screened in gazebo sits opposite the house connected by the patio space.
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.
This modern, Southwestern style home gets a front yard makeover. The homeowners are concerned with water conservation in the summer months, so the designers used their desert surroundings to inspire their design. Because of the dry soil, erosion is always a worry, so a gabion wall was installed in the back of yard to help stave off any erosion issues. Flowerbeds were then added around the steps leading to the front door. Those beds were filled with desert plants that can easily handle the lack of water they will receive in the summer months. Then, landscapers added stones instead of mulch or grass to fill in the beds and in between the driveway and the stairs to keep down the reliance on water and to give the design a desert feel.
Arranging plants tightly not only creates a full design, it also helps to shade soil. Plants that grow shoulder to shoulder act like living mulch, helping to suppress weeds and slow water evaporation from soil.
The natural textures of this home create a lovely understated country design. A mulched yard and rock walls add natural texture. Red siding sections and blue shutters and door add pops of color. The polished wood of the entryway serves as the focal point with a rock bed and concrete walkway leading to it.
Rather than fill the empty space of the planting beds with an array of flowers and shrubs, the designer chose to emphasize the unique boxwood shapes by planting them far apart. A simple, neat layer of mulch ensures the focus remains on the artistic topiary element and deters the growth of weeds.