Consider designing a pair of mirrored rain gardens to flank a central walkway. By the second growing season, these beds will sparkle as lush gardens filled with shrubs, ornamental grasses, sedges, corkscrew rush, perennials and evergreens. A stone spillway directs rain water runoff from nearby hard surfaces into the rain garden basin. On the lower side, an overflow spillway and drainage pipe shifts rain water runoff to nearby storm sewer channels when heavy rains fill the rain garden to overflowing. Including an overflow spillway helps ensure water doesn’t backflow to swamp your home’s foundation.
A symmetrical landscape and minimalist design combine to create this lovely two-story beach house in Miami. Floor-to-ceilings windows on both levels allow plenty of natural light to filter through the rooms during the daytime.
Colonial Revival Farmhouse Front Exterior and Yard
This home would fit in perfectly anywhere in the South, but is actually located in the suburbs of San Francisco. The owners of the custom-designed residence both have Southern roots and wanted a house for their family that felt familiar.
Ornamental grasses add year-round texture, movement and color to rain garden designs. Tufts of blue fescue bring a steely hue to this rain garden and blend beautifully with variegated green and gold sedges. A formal paver stone edging gives the garden a formal look that echoes brick raised beds by the house. Use river rock to complement a rain garden’s water-related theme.
The Splash Boxx bio retention planter system is basically a mobile rain garden in a steel container. It adapts the principles of rain garden water filtration to a container that can be used in any location. Rain water runoff from rooftops moves by gravity feed into perforated drain pipes that deposit the water into the garden. This container is deep enough (at least 3 feet of growing depth) to host traditional rain garden plants, including Japanese maple and slough sedges.
The right regional plants shine when combinations feature contrasting leaf textures. These plantings feature yellow twig dogwood shrubs in the center, surrounded by thin-leaved plants, including daylily, variegated sedge and lavender. Blue junipers interject a pretty evergreen hue.
An artist wanted a space that would call her to create. The studio is tucked in between existing trees in close proximity to the main house providing a visual connection to her family that can easily be broken and re-established.
Updating your home's exterior paint can be intimidating, but there's a quick way to simplify it. When choosing new colors, remember that a color scheme consisting of three or four coordinating hues works well for most exteriors. Given this home's lack of ornate detail, three shades of earthy greens are used on the siding, trim and doors.