When set against the home's modern exterior, those South African aloe plants become even more visually striking. Ornamental grasses offer additional color and soften the setting.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
Drawing on the home's charming French country style, the landscape architects decorated the front yard with pretty trees and flowers. Mass planted Russian sage and ornamental grasses fill the beds, while stone columns offer symmetry and balance.
Ornamental grasses are stars of the fall landscape. Their height, texture and movement add interest that extends well beyond fall into winter. Take note of grasses that catch your eye this fall. Look for examples at botanic gardens or nurseries with display gardens. If you’re unsure if a grass’s height fits in your landscape, use a tall stake or tomato cage to represent the grass in planting beds. That three-dimensional stand-in can help you visualize how a grass would look.
A border of ornamental grasses and purple flowers line the edge of a driveway that twists itself through the front yard. Olive trees, lavender and a variety of grasses add Italian flair to this landscape design.
A mix of ornamental grasses, succulents and foliage plants create a colorful entry to this home. A gravel walkway cuts through the garden, with the low-growing plants, including a mature aloe vera, closest to the edge.