Nature is one of the purest forms of beauty that exists. Capturing that beauty in a controlled environment requires a keen understanding of current and future conditions. The garden's design includes a manmade stream surrounded by boulders that blends in perfectly with its surroundings.
While the original design leaned heavily on Asian-inspired aesthetics, it was also necessary to integrate some indigenous flowering options for the yard's pollinators. The result is a blend of traditional Asian structure and form, with colorful flowers and shrubs.
An array of stylish containers create decorative vignettes in your garden. Chip Wade used cast iron plant in these containers: it's very hardy and gives a feeling of an indoor houseplant. Use graduated pairs of containers for a more interesting composition.
A circular seating area reflects the garden's lower level design. The designer embraced the cement walls and added polished concrete planters. The bluestone paved area and the long cement planter are in permanent shade, so the planting consists of plants that can grow in the shade environment. The area by the grass is super sunny and required plants that thrive in those conditions.
The rawness of this stone sculpture contrasts with flowering plants, such as hydrangeas, in the Georgia garden of Lyman and Becky Smith. After Lyman Smith, a Georgia Tech graduate, retired from the telecommunications industry, he devoted time to creating his garden, with sections inspired by Japanese gardens, conifers from the Pacific Northwest and traditional Southern plants.
Sweet alyssum comes of age with Snow Princess. Like the old-fashioned annual, Snow Princess opens tiny, dainty white blooms with a sweet fragrance. That beauty is updated with an ability to withstand heat and sun. Use Snow Princess as a spiller in containers, or count on it as a butterfly-attracting ground cover in beds. Plants grow 4 to 8 inches tall and up to 24 inches wide.
By pairing Colorado moss rock boulders with South African aloe plants, landscape architect Lisa Gimmy essentially created an all-natural, 3D sculpture. Lush green grass highlights the design on all sides.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
The secret to mowing your way to a beautiful lawn is mowing less, but not in the way you might think. Many homeowners believe that if they delay mowing until grass is overly long and then scalp it, they won’t need to mow again soon. That type of mowing will slowly kill your lawn. The secret to a healthy lawn with the least amount of cutting? Mow to maintain a consistent height throughout the growing season, the ideal height for your type of turf (learn that from your local extension office). Never remove more than one-third of a grass blade’s length at each mowing, and let clippings lie. In combination, these practices can help you tend a lush, low-maintenance lawn.