Designer Matt Partridge of Juergen Partridge Limited installed multiple structures that provide shady, gathering spots on even the hottest days in this romantic backyard. To enhance the woodwork, he applied multiple stain colors to the cedar structure and decks. Designer Tip: When planning an outdoor space, think about your lifestyle and how you'll use it — whether as a recreational area for a young, active family or as a private, serene spot for relaxing and reading.
Almost like a mirage in the desert, this tropical flowing pool reflects its surroundings in clear, blue waters. The whole backyard maintains a resort styles feel with a curved pool, stone tower and tropical landscaping.
Wanting to give his clients easy access to their private pool, landscape architect Carl Gilley used stone pavers to create a path right to the water. Lush green plants and palm trees line the walkway on either side for a tropical garden that looks a lot like paradise.
Eaves frame this home's view of the smartly landscaped backyard. Raised planters house trees and small plants that complement the landscaping, while the planters' rusted-metal look adds extra personality to the yard.
To ensure that the owners make the most of the Caribbean climate, the landscape architects outfitted the backyard with plenty of seating options. Tropical plants and a large pool further the sense of a private paradise.
To the right of the swimming pool, a few wooden benches allow the owners and their guests to take a seat around the fire pit. Because the spot is laid with gravel instead of flagstone, it feels like both a natural part of the backyard and a "room" of its own.
A beautiful lawn makes planting beds sparkle. This bed features a blend of shrubs, perennials and annuals, including Sweet Caroline Bewitched Green with Envy sweet potato vine and Hippo Red and Hippo Rose hypoestes. The planting also includes several ornamental grasses: ‘Fireworks’ variegated fountain grass, ‘Sky Rocket’ purple fountain grass, and Vertigo elephant grass.
Although there is much to see and experience at the back of this home, nothing is more inviting than the simple lines of the swimming pool that awaits a willing participant. From the pool, one can view the beautiful covered patio and rustic pergola that sit side by side as interesting contrasts. The simple lines and textures of this outside scene, as designed by Mark Scott and Associates, are a amalgamation of French Provence design.
A stacked stone water fountain is the focal point in this backyard garden. Below, large pavers surround a small pond leading to an elevated terrace. The multi-level yard allows for fun and intriguing travel through the lush landscaping.
Inspired by Spanish and Mexican design, this Dallas, Tex., home was made for entertaining large crowds and small family gatherings. The backyard pool is surrounded by curvy patios, lush plantings and a rock water feature, all which blend seamlessly together to create a restful retreat.
From the pillars along the main house to the stone deck, this outdoor space d is rich with clean lines and neutral colors. Palm trees and pergolas on either side of the pool provide a touch of symmetry, too.