A stacked stone wall encircles this tennis court, creating a clean divide from the rest of the land and a convenient ball stopper. Uniformly trimmed shrubs planted above the wall soften the space and add to the country club look of the design. A white tent shades a long sectional creating a comfortable viewing area.
A built-in daybed is perfect for cozying up with a good book. Roman window shades match the graphic, diamond-patterned seat cushion. Orange, red and gray pillows bring color to the neutral area. A basket of tennis balls, a basket golf balls and painting of a fox add a touch of whimsy to the space.
The round shape of balls can make them a challenge to store. For larger-sized balls, a slide-out bin is a smart way to group and hold the balls together. A hanging mesh bag or standing wire bins also work for medium or large balls, while portable baskets and bins are a good choice for smaller baseballs, softballs or tennis balls.
A reblooming gardenia keeps the fragrant flowers coming through spring and summer. First Editions Sweet Tea gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘PIIGA-II’) unfurls tennis ball size double blooms on plants that grow 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Site plants in full sun to part shade. This gardenia makes a nice hedge or specimen shrub. Place it near outdoor seating areas so you can enjoy the fragrance. Hardy in Zones 7-9.
Apples boast skin in an array of shades, from classic red and yellow, to pale green, to streaked and striped varieties. For this autumn fruit, beauty is more than skin deep. A medium apple (tennis ball size) offers 80 calories, no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and is packed with good-for-you fiber—5 grams per fruit. High fiber content means the natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, which helps with maintaining steady blood sugar levels.
Try something new this year with a space-saving, alternative Christmas tree that can even display cards from friends and family. You'll need: 4x8-foot sheet of luan; latex paint or water-based stain; staining pad (if using stain); drill; 1/2-inch paddle bit; colored craft string; upholstery tacks or push pins; 6-foot strand of 12-gauge wire; tennis ball; picture nail; hammer; battery-operated LED twinkle lights; duct tape in metallic finish; scissors; chalk.