A small courtyard separates the driveway from the garden, with a circular entry that exudes serenity. Stone paths guide visitors around various trees and plants, with rocks along the way for sitting and reflecting.
This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
Entering this private property in Cullowhee, N.C., is like setting foot inside another world, as busy highways give way to quiet country roads. Towering trees and a gated drive welcome visitors to the 73.48 acres of land.
A dramatic entry to the garden features large native and tropical trees to help hide the view of the property from the street. Horizontal fencing, sculptural palms and large masses of tropical understory all help to create the sense of a lush, expansive entrance.
This space was designed for the 44th Annual Bucks County Designer House + Gardens and features a porch entryway with hand painted black and white harlequin floors, traditional black farmhouse door, and white paneled exterior walls.
All it takes to create an outdoor getaway is a comfortable chair or two. Here, designer Erin Benedict chose a pair of Adirondack chairs softened by large cushy pillows. And, note the pulled-back curtain to one side: If you have a place to hang a curtain rod or wire, an outdoor curtain adds softness and privacy. “Elegant black and gold striped drapes perfectly frame the Adirondack chairs, adding a contemporary element while complementing the timeless architectural details of the early 1920s structure,” Benedict says.
One of the home's delightful outdoor spaces is this sunken patio. The patio itself is stone, carefully constructed to blend harmoniously into the setting. Over the dining area, vines climb up and around a steel arbor to make a lush canopy.
Well-placed boulders and stones lead into a relaxing pool, complete with a fun slide. At the end of the pool is real boat that's been transformed into a wet bar and comfortable sleeping quarters with heating and air conditioning.