As soon as they step through those double doors, the owners leave the desert behind and enter a gorgeous European garden. With blooming perennials and bushes all along the side of the house, they'll have no problem stopping to smell the roses.
Making late additions to the landscape can result in devastating losses next spring, especially in areas where the ground freezes. Perennials are the most susceptible to late planting, as alternating freezing and thawing of soil literally shoves plants out of soil, exposing crowns. Shrubs and trees can go into the ground later, but for best winter survival rates, you should have all plants in place by six weeks before soil typically freezes.
This garden's design focuses on foliage mixes and textures of perennials instead of aromatic plants, due to the homeowner's allergies. Plants used include native Eastern Redbud and Kwanzan Cherry. Fast-growing, semi-evergreen bamboo covers some of the cement wall.
Jeffrey Schneider is inspired by artists such as Dale Chihiuly and Anish Kapoor and their work with organic shapes in creating his own hand-blown shapes for terrariums. A legume-shaped terrarium holds a variety of mosses: pincushion moss (Leucobryum albidum), peacock moss (Selaginella uncinata) and succulents such as Peperomia hirta. Plants include Acorus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus' (a perennial) and Ficus pumila 'Quercifolia' (a vining plant). He used Helxine soleirolii 'Gold Pool' as a terrarium ground cover.
A balcony in New York City’s West Village becomes a lush garden oasis in this design from Urban Green which brings together a lovely mix of perennials, evergreens and colorful annuals such as petunias and topiary bougainvillea.
Hand-blown terrariums are organic and sculptural, says Jeffrey Schneider of Jeffrey Terrariums, based in New York. The bean-shaped terrarium he created holds Selaginella emmeliana, maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) and perennials such as Peperomia urocarpa. He used Yamaya Stone for the base and placed sterilized twigs into the display.
Tall trees, bushes and perennials obscure the swimming pool from view, making this outdoor space feel like part of a secret garden. From this spot, guests can see that there's also a cabana lined with twinkling bistro lights.
With its beautiful perennial beds, this backyard begins to look like something out of Cotswolds, England. Trees decorate the landscape, too, and provide some shady corners where the owners can take in the views.
This colonial home was cut into an east facing slope, with it’s rear garden protected from the elevated topography to the west. This pleasant place surrounded by hillside was left unrealized with its woodland edge wild and untamed, linear shrubbery foundation plantings and views out of prominent windows with nothing to gaze upon but the ubiquitous suburban lawn.
A transition garden featuring perennials like lilac verbena, carex, honeysuckle and lavender lines a path that leads to a bluestone-paved back terrace. Highlights include a Hong Kong Orchid tree and a birdbath.