Surrounding the stone court, formal masses of pachysandra, crimson barberry, azalea, and oak leaf hydrangea flow among sculpted boxwood hedges, sugar maples, and spruce offer a full range of color, texture, and seasonal interest to the home's landscape.
Drought-tolerant aloe plants in antique pots and palm trees bring a canopy of greenery to the dark door of a south Florida home. Ground cover orchids also will bring seasonal color to the entryway. The project by Nievera Williams Design was an American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
Japanese beetles avoid lilacs, including the small and full-size varieties. ‘Declaration’ flowers 7 to 10 days earlier than other lilacs, helping to extend the seasonal show. Plants grow 6 to 8 feet tall. Use them as an informal screen, hedge or specimen shrub.
Clusters of kangaroo paw plants and ornamental grasses fill the garden with seasonal colors. Thanks to their short stature, these plants also allow the owners to enjoy views of the Santa Monica mountains.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
When meadows are planted for seasonal color, every month brings new interest to the scene. Terrific plants for fall color in a meadow include native goldenrod and bee balm. Ornamental grasses also bring strong interest to autumn meadows.
Cranberry sauce is one of the most popular culinary elements of Thanksgiving. Put a decorative spin on cranberry tones by using them as accents for your porch's fall decor through seasonal flowers and plants.
Annuals have to be replaced seasonally but perennial plants like these hostas and heucheras will come back year after year and eventually grow to fill out your garden (Wade's garden is still relatively young). The cost savings is clear, says Wade: fill your yard with smaller (cheaper) perennials and you only have to plant once.
Stylist and designer Tara Riceberg likes to decorate a foyer by adding traditional seasonal touches to everyday home accessories. Here, the hallway table houses a glittering tinsel tree, wrapped gifts and a plant sparked with a little holiday glam. Photo courtesy of Tara Riceberg
A unique and antique-inspired chandelier hangs above a beautiful, custom-made wood dining table, creating a funky elegance. The tone-on-tone room (and room beyond) is enhanced by the presence of bright grasses and plants — substitute flowers of differing colors or fruit for a seasonal transformation.
All-white walls and neutral tufted sofas keep this living space looking clean and new; fun and funky pillows can be changed out frequently or seasonally to reflect the time of year, the holiday or just your mood! Beautiful plants and flowers pop and wow in this neutral space, and the jute rug is easy to maintain.
The raised beds were used to solve drainage problems the lot had. Stone walls allowed for screen plantings along the fence and have room to plant seasonal color in front of them to add some appeal to them. A dry creek bed with oversized gravel meanders throughout the backyard to catch all water runoff from the patio and surrounding beds.