These homeowners' main concern is that the exterior of their home be very drought friendly, so they used a gabion wall, made of reclaimed materials, to add to the ambiance of their desert oasis. The plants featured in this design are drought resistant and can go for quite a time without a drop of water. Some of the plants include: cactus, agave and yucca.
The yucca plants in this yard have their own planter box to make the spaces for each type of plants defined. Behind the yucca, there are cacti lining the gabion wall. Each of these species of plant are drought resistant, so they will not need much water in the coming summer heat.
This traditional home features a large front yard with detailed landscaping. The hedges creates a formal border around the yard, while the plant design inside features lots of flowing and inviting grass variations.
A white bedspread is decorated with palm leaf accent throw pillows and twisted rope bed posts. Matching modern bed side tables display textured, plant-like lamp stands. Neutral wallpaper featuring a light plant design adds a subtle accent perfect for the room's theme.
Having interior plant designs is refreshing and air purifying, and it gives your spaces the calm that all our homes should have, says Joe Guggia, a California floral designer. He mixes greenery and natural elements, such as willow, for his large pieces of “foliage art.”
Stone walls and log timbers show off the skilled craftsmanship in this stunning outdoor sauna by Outdoor Craftsman in Colorado. The sauna door opens onto a stone bridge that crosses over a water feature. The planting design is Colorado inspired with the Aspen grove and is enhanced with colorful container arrangements.
Include ‘Apache Rose’ to introduce a vertical element to planting designs. The sturdy upright stems withstand wind and rain without lodging (that’s botanical speak for bending). Leaves flush rose red in autumn, topped with pink tinged flower stems. Count on switch grass for year-round interest. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Botanical name: Panicum virgatum ‘Apache Rose’
Chrysanthemums contain chemical compounds that act as natural insecticides, which are processed and sold as pyrethrum. It’s a go-to natural pesticide for dealing with fleas, ants, ticks, silverfish and bedbugs. Certain types of mums do a better job at repelling insects than others. The ones used commercially for extracting pyrethrums include painted daisy (Chrysanthemum coccineum) and Dalmatian daisy (Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium). Use these perennial mums in the garden to add daisy-like flowers to planting designs.
Set back from the curb in an exclusive Palm Springs neighborhood characterized by tall hedges and hidden properties, this translucent entry gate opens to an expansive garden showcasing native plants. The design is by landscape design firm Steve Martino and Associates, an American Society of Landscape Designers award winner.
A native maple, Pennsylvania striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum) thrives in hardwood forests as an understory plant, a plant that grows best in the shade of tall trees. In your own yard, tuck striped maple into a spot with light to full shade. As the name hints, the bark on this maple features white stripes. Leaves have a trio of strongly pointed lobes, which give rise to another common name: goosefoot maple. This plant is also known as moosewood, because it’s a favorite food of moose (and deer). Fall color is vibrant yellow. Striped maple is the perfect addition to native planting designs or a wildlife garden. It thrives in moist, well-drained soil on the acidic side. Trees grow 15 to 25 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Deer can wipe out a garden overnight, nibbling prize flowers, vegetables and plants. Telltale signs of deer feeding are torn or ragged leaf edges. Deer lack upper incisor teeth, so when they grab a plant, they jerk their heads up to pull a leaf free. This creates torn stems and leaves. Keep deer away from your yard with repellents (Plantskydd works well), an extra-tall fence (8 to 10 feet tall) or a double fence (3 to 5 feet tall, 3 to 4 feet apart). Toss plastic netting over individual plants or flowers you want to protect from browsing.
For a southern California garden, plants with low water needs are a smart choice. Here, the succulents are laid out in a sophisticated, geometric design, juxtaposed with pavers, groundcover plants and a small pond.
Natural elements and texture are important in Anissa Zajac's design. "I think every home needs something living to complete the design and air plants are a great way to bring in nature without the maintenance of watering a plant," says Anissa.