Wood platforms situated in the natural rock bed create a comfortable walking path by this succulent garden. The small plants feature rich tones of green and purple adding instant life to the space. Bamboo stalks shooting up against the wall add height to the area and finish off the zen, Asian style look of the garden.
A stone walkway leads to the pool and hot tub, pool house, outdoor kitchen and dining areas. The landscape designer created an abundance of planting beds and used mostly native plants and some specialty perennials and annuals.
Ox Eye daisies provide a soft texture and vibrant white flower against a garden with strong stone features. The use of native plants in the large planting beds help to create separation amongst the architectural features of the garden.
For a more organic edging, look to stones. Light colored river rock creates a striking edge between lawn and planting beds. When using river rock for edging, you’ll need to monitor for weeds or grass creeping into beds. To reduce weeds or grass, hand pull or spray. Placing weed fabric under stones can help suppress grass, but it may break through eventually.
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.
The stone patio surrounding the backyard pool leads to a beautifully landscaped flower bed. The flowers that have been planted are both flowering and non-flowering and will bloom throughout the season.
Natural stone steps connect paver patios in this gorgeous backyard. Stones create a bed for a pond bordered by planted shrubs lined in a mulched area. The patio pathway leads to a seating area and descends slightly to a fire pit with additional seating.
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.
Concrete stepping stones laid in a rock bed create a simple and textural walkway up the side of the home and yard. Mulched garden sections add natural decorations and levels of plant life beside the crisp, cut uniform yard. An outdoor living room is situated on the patio complete with stone fireplace and chimney.
This gabion wall was installed in the back of the garden to help prevent erosion in the dry climate. The cacti and the yucca plants give the wall a pop of color, while the grey stones in the flower beds add an elegant touch to this desert landscape.
One of the fastest ways to drop an edge between lawn and planting areas is using concrete edger or paver stones set upright, on edge. Cast from concrete, these stones create the most effective edging if they’re dug into soil so the base sits slightly below lawn level. Keep an eye out for grass creeping around or under concrete edgers. Hand pull or spot spray with grass killer. Look for concrete edgers in a variety of shapes and colors. They give a garden a more formal flair, which looks nice whether it’s lining beds full of flowers, herbs or vegetables.
When digging a fresh edge on planting beds, excavate all loose soil, stones and bits of grass. Use turf slices to patch bare spots in your lawn. To make edging easier, sharpen the half-moon edger with a file so it has a fresh, sharp edge. Plan your edging following rain, because slicing into soil is easier when it’s wet. When you’re done edging, clean the edging tool, sharpen it, and apply a light coat of oil (a quick spray with an aerosol penetrating oil works well).