Well-planned garden beds make a graceful border for this Tudor home's front walkway. The plant palette is a mix of purple, yellow and white with ornamental grasses and evergreens providing year-round interest.
Even small urban spaces can incorporate water features. This Minneapolis backyard is only 27-by-64 feet, but the landscape plan by Southview Design carved out space for a water fountain created with slabs of stacked New York bluestone. The overall yard won an award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Large stones give a beautifully natural quality to this bright yard area. Stone steps and a small walkway create a path from the grass to the driveway for a fluid transition toward the home. The healthy green plant life looks extra vivid against the coarse, natural gray and brown tones of the rock.
A charming stepping stone path leads from the front lawn around to the back of the house. The garden includes purple salvia, allium and geranium 'Rozanne'; white peony, viburnum, azalea, rhododendron 'multimaculatum' and Cornus Kousa; and yellow Chamaecyparis, and Alchemilla. For year-round interest, there are evergreen Ilex Glabra and ornamental grasses.
Sparse desert plants and stone require little water, reducing this home's footprint on the land. To give the bare space some ornamentation, designers added a stone swirl in the yard, providing a fun focal point for the space.
This casual, contemporary home on Lake Austin was built for fun and entertaining. The entry welcomes guests and residents with a green, grassy lawn and a front door cozily enclosed by the pale stone wall exterior.