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.
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.
Include ‘Apache Rose’ to introduce a vertical element to planting designs. The sturdy upright stems withstand wind and rain without lodging (that’s botanical speak for bending). Leaves flush rose red in autumn, topped with pink tinged flower stems. Count on switch grass for year-round interest. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Botanical name: Panicum virgatum ‘Apache Rose’
Wrap-around benches boast gorgeous succulent arrangements adding texture and visual interest to a sleek and contemporary deck. Built-in fire bowls create a great space to enjoy the outdoors all year round.
Purple hyssop and yellow flowering mustard create a complimentary color palette in this vibrant country garden. The design intent was to create a garden evocative of the regional landscape through the use of perennials with year round color and textural interest.
The Longs designed the screened deck to extend the living area into the woods, so they can be outside year-round. The light and airy space juxtaposes diagonal and linear strips of wood for visual interest and features a metal roof.
After dinner, the homeowners and their guests can retreat into this transitional den for drinks. A large wooden fireplace anchors the space and keeps it cozy year-round, while two armchairs and a large loveseat encourage everyone to sit back and relax. Since the space is so neutral, zebra-print pillows and a matching bench break the norm and offer a hint of visual interest.
Potted evergreens are excellent for year-round use and can be especially effective during winter months for adding a touch of classic holiday charm. Keep the overall look simple by planting the evergreens in pots covered in interesting, organic textural materials such as burlap, linen or birch bark. For a more finished look, cover the top of the potting soil with moss.