The lakeside setting of this Colorado garden provides a stunning backdrop for visitors to enjoy. The use of native plants throughout the garden creates a seamless integration to the landscape beyond the property.
A painterly approach to landscaping really enhances both the man-made and natural landscape. The fieldstone wall echos the horizon line where water meets sky, tying the two spaces together in a unified composition. The garden palette repeats the colors of the backdrop, but with more intense hues.
This residence sits on the Nipomo Mesa high above farm fields overlooking the dunes and Pacific Ocean. Homeowners wanted a “Japanese Garden,” and a deck off the back of the remodeled residence. The landscape architect incorporated a major element of these gardens and also the “borrowed landscape.”
With boulders, native plants and trees all around, this patio feels truly secluded from the rest of the house. By keeping the stone wall and fire pit within a neutral palette, though, the landscape architects were able to establish visual connections between the two spaces.
Red-toned flagstone pavers create a meandering pathway through the landscape, connecting visitors with different destinations in the garden. Soft planting beds with native shrubs soften the border against the hardscape features.
Modern, angular steel stairs by Word + Carr Design Group adds character to the arid Austin, Texas, landscape. The gravel walkway complements the rocky hillside where this home sits. The landscape design won the ASLA 2018 Award of Excellence in the Residential Design Category.