This tranquil Mediterranean garden features a gravel landing with a perimeter of green foliage and a large plant on a pedestal in the center. A bench at the back of the garden provides a great spot to take it all in.
The old cliche "pretty as a picture" cannot begin to describe this gorgeous home in California with landscaping designed by Mark Scott and Associates. Though the look and feel of the exterior appear rustic and unmanicured, the designers set greenery meticulously to a render a pastoral charm and old-world sensibility. Everything about this home is relaxed, warm, elegant and utterly inviting.
Stones in warm terracotta shades are used from the house exterior and garden walls to the patio and water feature. A round patio surrounds the traditional urn-style water feature, which provides soothing sound ambiance to the space.
One of the fun design moves in this spectacular outdoor space: a pathway leading across the pool from one side of the patio to the other. Trellises on the home's outer walls make the ivy part of the look as well.
A living mulch is a type of low-growing ground cover that blankets soil like a mulch. In this garden, golden creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) is the living mulch. Other plants that work well as living mulches include alpine strawberry, low juniper, vinca vine or short mints like Corsican mint. Be careful with living mulches that root along stems as they grow. These types of plants can easily become invasive and even try to overgrow lawns.
Mediterranean Restaurant Terrace With Tropical Plants
This outdoor terrace at Perch LA — a French bistro in the heart of Los Angeles — features yellow and teal Mediterranean floor tiles. Cream colored stone archways are lined with green brick tiles, while several potted tropical plants complete the look of the space.
Contemporary Pool With Colorful Wall Art, Lounge Seating
In between the home and pool house, a swimming pool fits perfectly into the design. Colorful wall art beside the pool was incorporated to showcase the homeowner's collection of artwork. Poolside lounge seating and a nearby bar make this spot the perfect place to entertain.
Black-and-white starburst tiles create a striking, graphic look to the outdoor fireplace. Above the chunky wood mantel, a flat-screen TV is concealed behind sliding rustic doors. A comfortable sofa with bright red cushions combines with an exposed wood coffee table and deep-seated armchairs.
A delightfully different variation on the outdoor living room, this colorful garden nook designed by Markdesigns, LLC brings together nature and the comforts of home in one compact but stylish package.