8. Blended in. Some gardeners like to make their containers stand out, while the designers of this project concealed them by painting them to match the color of the house. Instead, the contrasting colors and textures of the plants — golden grasses and green, gray and magenta shrubs — are highlighted in the design and pop against the beige backdrop.
4. Playful outdoor retreat. This relaxed, fun-loving covered patio in Atlanta already has a lot going for it — with schoolhouse pendants, a hanging chair and a colorfully painted floor. Hanging potted ferns and freestanding potted tropicals add lushness and a little privacy and add to the feeling that this patio is a fun, relaxing destination.
1. Pattern Play in Southern CaliforniaIngredients. Lightweight patio chairs, heated bench and outdoor hearth.The fabulous patterned tile floor may be the first thing that catches your eye in this outdoor room in Orange County. However, as soon as the sun goes down, it’s the enveloping warmth of the fireplace and the — surprising — heated bench that would draw you in. The curved bench, made by Galanter & Jones from cast stone and powder-coated stainless steel, can be plugged in and cranked up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, making a seat away from the hearth just as toasty as one close to the fireplace.