Concrete pavers lead up the steps and onto a patio with a water fountain and ledges to display containers for this home in the southeast U.S. The materials, including textured Mega-Arbel pavers with an irregular shape and antiqued Celtic Wall pavers by Belgard for the steps, are manufactured by Georgia Masonry Supply.
The Masserall's new brealfast nook was completely transformed on HGTV's Fixer Upper with bench seating, shiplap walls and a large wooden table. A metal basket containing glass mason jars and flowers creates the perfect table centerpiece for the country style design. Wood plate holders and textured throw pillows add the finishing touches.
Outlined in contrasting brown wood, the gray and white elegance of a slanted marble sink mingles with the texture and shadows of white mosaic tile in this stylish, contemporary powder room. A tray containing bathroom accouterments maintains the gray and white color theme.
A minimalist covered courtyard lounge reveals its intensely colorful interior when it's reflected by the swimming pool beneath it, revealing the warm glow of a lantern candelabra and a central fireplace otherwise contained by the room's pillared archway. In the background, a palm tree reveals a resemblance to the archway's textured pillars, demonstrating how the garden's topiary features carry through the property's architecture.
Looking down on the pumpkin reveals how various colored succulents work well together to create a beautiful patchwork of texture. Try adding a pumpkin like this to the holiday table or even to your outdoor living space. The pumpkin should last for weeks. When you are ready to toss the pumpkin, simply remove the succulents and plant them in a container.
Container gardens add splashes of portable color to outdoor settings, but if you love pots of color, you also know it can take daily attention to keep plants looking their best. One way to expedite the care routine is to fill your containers with shrubs that deliver strong color for the entire growing season. Shrubs typically need less grooming than annuals and do their thing as long as you water. This pair of shrubs features Bangle Dyers greenwood (Genista lydia) and Black Lace elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’). Both of these shrubs flower in spring, but the leaves bring strong color and texture all season long.
With succulent containers, you’re going for foliage, not flowers, so zero in on the leaves and mix a variety of shapes, textures and colors. This container recipe mixes and matches hens-and-chicks and sedum varieties hardy to 20 degrees below zero, so it can survive outside on your patio in deepest winter, under a blanket of snow. RECIPE: ‘Cebenese’ Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Cebenese’, Zones 5-8); ‘Black Pearl’ Sedum (Sedum album ‘Black Pearl’, Zones 5-8); ‘Old Copper’ Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum ‘Old Copper’, Zones 5-8); ‘Oktoberfest’ Sedum (Sempervivum ‘Oktoberfest’, Zones 5-8); Job’s Beard (Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Irene’, Zones 4-8); ‘Ruby Mantle’ Stonecrop (Phedimus spurius ‘Ruby Mantle’, Zones 4-8)
Container-grown plantings are your friend when adding greenery to a terrace or balcony. “When you use typical landscape plants in pots or containers you’ll see them very differently than when they are planted in the ground,” says landscape designer Jeffery Erb. “You’ll see all the details up close and notice textures, vein patterns, the colors on the undersides of the leaves and more. So I like to use a minimal selection of plants in a small terrace or patio because it creates a more calm and serene environment — just what we need in the chaos of a city.” Erb advises choosing slow-growing cultivars that won’t outgrow their pots too quickly.
This simple mix pairs sedum with hens-and-chicks for a container of plants that can stay outside all winter in most places. There’s a mix and match of foliage texture and color, with the glossy chartreuse leaves of one plant contrasting with the spikey ruby red ones of the other. Use a wide dish to accommodate the spreading habit of each plant. RECIPE: Golden Japanese Stonecrop (Sedum makinoi 'Ogon', Zones 6-9), 3 plants; ‘Pacific Shadows’ Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum ‘Pacific Shadows’, Zones 5-8), 4 plants
Even grains can be gorgeous. Terracotta Design Build designed this modern black and white kitchen, and used glass containers to add texture in an unexpected way. By simply filling this glass jar with rice, they not only display an oft-used ingredient but also inject subtle color and granularity in the sleek, white space.
A trio of gold containers pop against the white walls of this room and add shine and flair to the design. The metallic finish is a nice contrast to the surrounding satin finishes. A white faux-wood mirror frame and two-toned curtains frame the shelf display with added texture and color.