Photo By: Macdonald Realty Ltd., a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Handcrafted Fence With Bronze Hardware
Even the fencing is extraordinary -- all Brazilian handcrafted hardwood with bronze detailing. No matter which side of the garden they stand on, guests will enjoy views of the wood, stone paths and ornamental grasses.
A garden of lush grasses and shrubs are cocooned in a sculptural woven bowl called The Nest. Evoking a sense of protection and tranquility, The Nest is centered on the idea of the home as a warm, cozy retreat from the world.
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.
Large slabs of stone lead from the deck to a pavilion, which was designed to be a sanctuary where the homeowners can relax, recharge and focus their thoughts. This serene outdoor space was also intended to be a home and food source for various pollinators.
Step out the door into the peaceful Asian-inspired garden of this modern home. Concrete slabs create walkways and a bridge across the rectangular pond. Gravel beds and ornamental grasses keep the landscaping low maintenance.
A steel-and-cedar pergola was constructed as a shady respite in the back of the yard, and a dining table added for outdoor entertaining. Nearby, a fountain made from an oversized planter bowl makes meditative background music.
Made from northern white-cedar and bamboo, this quiet pavilion beautifully complements its woodland surroundings. A small reflecting pond and lush vegetation all around ensure that the owners will want to sit and enjoy this space for hours.
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.
The Zen garden outside this home gives the family a great space for relaxation. Inspired by an Asian garden, the bonsai trees, koi pond and Asian statues give the family the perfect spot for meditation.
Greenscape Provides Extra Privacy for Rooftop Terrace
The homeowner desired to add a forest element to his otherwise modern home, so designers added a greenscape with perimeter screening to help keep the rooftop as private as possible. Bold hued, stylish furniture was chosen for this space to add comfort as well as aesthetic, while designers used white paving to reflect the sunlight and help keep heat off the rooftop terrace.
Turn your own backyard into a Zen paradise with a little elbow grease or, in this case, a great landscape architect. The look is accomplished with plants like Japanese maple, dogwoods, azaleas, ornamental grass and artfully placed rocks.