Cultivating an eye-catching landscape doesn’t have to gobble every free moment. By streamlining landscape chores, your yard can explode with beauty—even as your chore list lightens. This front yard welcomes with mixed plantings: trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Give planting beds a wide, sloping trench edge to make mowing easy. Simply drop a set of mower wheels into the trench to cut grass along the bed edge, and you can skip string trimming.
Situated on the Long Island Sound, this home's yard feels like a natural extension of the landscape. Marsh grasses and the rocky shore transition easily to a wide green lawn with stone retaining walls.
Larger shrubs and bushes in the front yard provide some privacy to this chic gray-and-white home. In a unique architectural touch, windows group together to form a wide cross in the center of the house.
A wide view of this modern home's backyard reveals its extensive landscape and hardscape. A retaining wall frames the edge beside a grid-like patio, and stairs from the porch descend beside sections of grass and mulch. The levels follow the slanted flow of the land for a natural look.
This dramatic front yard features a six-foot-wide waterfall that plunges five feet to the lower terrace. Surrounding this water feature, the landscape is adorned with lush perennial and annual gardens. Large stones create gorgeous shapes and textures against the trimmed grass.
The wide design of this home paired with the long swimming pool fits the spacious feel of this backyard. Vivid green grass and tree life add natural color while turquoise pool umbrellas add a pop of accent. Evening lighting accentuates the reflective surface of the pool for a lovely finish.