This Old Greenwich, Conn., home includes multiple terraces and decks from which to enjoy the views of Long Island Sound. A shade tree and market umbrella on this terrace provide some respite from daylong sun.
Ashley Farrell likes to use different types of trees for shade and to create a natural divider. She often uses the Tipuana Tipu or the Cassia leptophyyla, both utilized in this Santa Barbara yard, which make the yard feel larger than it really is.
Anytime you're setting up an outdoor space, make sure you consider natural shade sources to help keep the space cool. Taking space-planning cues from its central planting bed, the courtyard offers plenty of shade thanks to its planted tree.
Discover a native tree that’s perfect for any size yard. This beauty delivers white, fringe-like flowers in late spring to early summer, followed by blue-black fruits that are favorites among birds. Fall color delivers with leaves that shift from bright green to shades of yellow-gold. This tree has no pests and stands up to pollution. It also doesn’t need pruned. The shape is rounded (like those lollipop trees you drew in elementary school). It often forms multiple trunks, which is not a problem. Size: Plants grow 12 to 20 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
DIY your own ombre ornaments in a few simple steps. Gather clear glass ball ornaments and a variety of shades of teal acrylic paint. Take the top off of the ornament, squirt in the paint and swirl it around to cover the inside. Let the ornament dry upside down overnight. The next day, hang the ornaments on your tree from light to dark to make an ombre, monochromatic look.
Cheryl Burke, dance coach extraordinaire on Dancing With the Stars, takes her sense of glamor to new heights with a collection of pink Christmas trees that adorned her home over the holidays. The look is a little bit retro, a little bit sweet, and so very Cheryl.
A big birch tree shades this backyard in the afternoon. The yard slopes down significantly as it reaches lake's edge, so a rock garden with larger and then smaller boulders makes that transition feel more natural.
Why we love it: Tree peonies open extra-large blooms, and ‘High Noon’ is no exception. These sunny blossoms measure 6 to 9 inches across and exude a lemon scent. Yellow petals have red flares in the center. Plants sometimes flower a second time in late summer or fall. Light shade keeps blossom color at its best.