I don't normally like the 'Flintstone' look of this stone; however, because of its large size throughout the yard design, it adds a warm feel and works well with ground covers while offering permeable surface.
I really like this - the plantings, waterfall, shape This pool from Cornerstone Architects in Austin, Texas, is more than just a visual treat. It’s a joy for all the senses, with the sound of water cascading from the row of fountains into the pool, the cooling feel of the shade from the mature trees overhead and verdant green views on all sides.
The grill risers are unique and would like to know how much maintenance is required and how lights are replaced.
I like the horizontal fence. Palimeno designed a custom cedar fence that brings a modern flair to the yard. “It’s hard to find a ready-made fence that has a horizontal slat look like that, and we also designed a hollow post system so we were able to fish wire through for the lighting,” he says.
To complement the hardscaping, Palimeno chose a variety of regionally appropriate plants that require little maintenance. “This is a palette that we use all the time in our designs; we know which plants do well in our soil, our climate and our zone,” he says. “We use a lot of ‘Green Velvet’ boxwood (Buxus ‘Green Velvet’) and Incrediball smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), a hybrid variety of Annabelle, that has big white flowers and stands up more firmly than an Annabelle, which flops when there’s lots of rain.” Several varieties of ornamental grasses were added to soften the overall look. “Grasses are just nice; you’ll see them moving in the breeze, and they make for easy gardening because you’re not pruning — all you’re doing is cutting it down in spring or fall, whenever you choose to,” Palimeno says.
Consider incorporating hummingbird and butterfly attractions
Like the shade provided by the trees. Solar Shading Just as natural light plays an important role in reducing energy needs and consumption, the pros we spoke with also emphasized shading — through trees, roof overhangs and window treatment — as a way to prevent overheating and reduce energy use. “Protecting and expanding tree canopy are two of the smartest improvement investments homeowners can make, in or beyond the garden. Well-established tree canopy is so powerful, it can even grow the value of neighboring homes,” landscape designer Aoyagi says. “By planting small, homeowners can maximize the financial payoff, as the tree’s value will appreciate as it grows. Effective placement helps too — planting deciduous trees to the south and west can keep a home cool in summer and warm in winter, reducing energy costs,” she says. For remodels and new builds, and depending on the climate, “simple strategies include orienting windows and properly sizing overhangs to capture the sun when it’s desirable but shading windows when it’s not,” says Jeff Stern of In Situ Architecture in Portland, Oregon.
Don't want a lawn anywhere but in the front, a design that will provide pathway, possible seating, and shrubs and trees that offer interest and whose mature size is dwarf as I prefer easy natural growth forms, not sheared or clipped. Any perennial flowers must be white.
WOW - this is doable in the back yard except use porches instead of covered 'pergolas' to reduce maintenance. The back yard bakes with the westerly sun so there's a for fans. I don't want a grill so the entire area should be one with seamless flow from a couple/few exterior doors.
Good idea for the entries to the yard on the north and south sides. No fire pit, but nice seating, hardscape, and plantings Introducing a pocket of interest is a great way to add character and flair to your yard, Whyte says. “It could be a small paved area with seating and a fire pit or a garden bed with plants
Good design for pergola, yard, and pool
Very nice - all flowering perennials must be white except those whose leaves are the primary focus like hosts. The fountain, like many areas in the garden, is surrounded by plants that are appealing to look at and touch, including these velvety sage-green lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’). “That’s a really good one for a kid’s garden,” Martin says.
Would consider a pergola is it were the right material, size, and location yet prefer natural plantings for shade and defining yard spaces
Like this yet can be improved. Would like a boulder at the corners of the front lawn. Balancing strong geometric forms with softer, more organic ones is a theme that runs throughout the new landscape and helps tie the garden in with the modern architecture of the home. “During the design process, we played around with linear stepper pathways to pick up the lines from the house. We mixed in organic shaped bed lines and softened the concrete edges with varieties of thyme and many different plants,” Trembley says. Now, a handsome new patio of poured-in-place concrete pavers softened by ground covers leads from the new dining patio, closest to the house, to the fire pit lounge set back in the garden. Chunky granite boulders, sourced from a local quarry, stud the billowy meadow plantings as they might in the nearby mountains.
LOVE - need a quality mason/concrete contractor for material and landscape longevity The layered landscape includes perennials, shrubs, understory trees and canopy trees. He designated plants including oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), lenten rose (Helleborus x hybridus ‘Brandywine’), coral bells (Heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’) and a variety of hostas for the shadier spots.
LOVE THIS - perhaps usable for containing mulch and soil sliding to the back fence. A new granite retaining wall composed of the same granite used on the bench base supports a terrace on the sloped site. This is a dry-laid stone wall, which minimized excavation. “We did this to protect the mature trees on the site,” Moody says. “You need a really great mason to pull this off.”
VERY IMPORTANT for house and grounds lighting - NEED A LIGHTING EXPERT
Some of the designs somewhat capture the look for the front and back yard but not quite. NO small or loose STONES - use only soil and mulch
EXCELLENT GUIDANCE - USE BEFORE TALKING TO A LANDSCAPER
Good things to consider - additionally, garden must be a white flowered garden, unique shrubs/trees with focus on mature size and maintenance. I like natural shapes, bright chartreuse, unique textures and shapes, and NOT HARMFUL to pets.
elements such as in-floor pop-up cleaning heads and a durable interior finish help give the pool longevity and save in maintenance costs over time.
Can this be done: Try a Tree Allée If you have the space for it, planting a line of trees on either side of a garden walkway in a classical allée can instantly define a sightline. While longer lines of trees make more dramatic allées, you can make use of this classical planting scheme to direct a view in a smaller garden.
Love Line up Garden Views With Windows
I like the first one a lot
*!*!*!*!*!***!*!*!*** I love this garden with the raised planters, patio, garden 'rooms' it captures the feeling I want in my yards - both front and back but especially back yard. The steps may have to descend into the yard and I'd like a pool yet most importantly is room for the dogs to run and play in the back yard. Unique landscape lighting will be the icing on the cake.
7. Petite Pergola While pergolas made of heavy wood beams can look out of place in smaller backyards, this pared-down pergola in a Portland, Oregon, garden designed by Drake’s 7 Dees shows how a lighter model can work with the scale of a smaller yard. The main pergola that covers the outdoor dining patio is anchored to the side of the home and supported by two cedar posts. The simple design and larger gaps between the ceiling beams keep it feeling light. A second pergola, which is similarly visually light, curves around an outdoor fire pit at the back of the garden.
IMPORTANT: Paving. Lighter-colored materials will not absorb as much heat as dark ones. Paving is one of the most important materials to consider for color because paving affects ambient air temperatures by either reflecting or retaining heat on the ground surface. The amount of heat reflected is measured on the Solar Reflectivity Index. Cool materials stay cool by reflecting heat instead of absorbing it and have a high SRI. For example, newly poured black asphalt has an SRI of less than 5, while white Portland cement has an SRI of 86 to 100. Paving materials with high SRI include travertine, marble, white granite and light concrete.
Screened area: “The worst part is the pollen, so we used a PollenTec screen that keeps 99% of the pollen out,”
I love this fence and prefer the fence be taller
Tucson-based landscape designer Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery of BOXHILL used multiple light sources in this desert oasis garden, including a flickering fire pit, trees wrapped in white lights, wall-mounted lights, path lights and whimsical floating bobbles. The designer recommends investing in commercial-grade outdoor lighting, which can stand up to the elements and often comes with a 10-year-warranty
I like the curve and steps
I like the pool and planters within the pool area
I like the stone columns upon which the pergola rests
I like most everything about this landscaping
Chocolate Chip bugleweed (Ajuga reptans), ‘Rozanne’ cranesbill (Geranium ‘Rozanne’) and woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) grow between the flagstone pavers.
See plants used in this garden
Adorable! Would change materials used and keep the design
This represents the 'feel' I want for my back yard. 6. A Secret Garden This London courtyard has appeal straight out of The Secret Garden. And a palette that’s mostly green with white blooms thrown in makes you appreciate all of the different forms and textures of the plants, which range from carefully clipped shrubs on the ground to wild vines that climb the walls and extend overhead. Notable detail: That’s a lily pond in the foreground.
Love the gate - needs to be taller
Good layout for seating and eating areas
If this could be built with MAINTENANCE FREE material, it would be ideal for the back yard.
'Jack Spratt’ New Zealand flax BRONZE plant
what type of fern is this?
a variety of native plants in the shade garden, including Jack in the pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) and pink turtlehead (Chelone lyonii), both shown here, as well as foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), baneberry (Actaea sp.), Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense), creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) and a variety of native trees.
Slatted drawers for garden items
Love the fence. Russian sage and lady's mantle alternating along a white fence with pink roses.
Soften the edges of the space with greenery and unify the hardscaping
Like the green and blue color combination
horizontal lattice fence blocks the view of the air-conditioning unit.
nice slatted cover for filtered shade
nice stone color
I like the look and simple lines
‘Frans Fontaine’ hornbeams (Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’)
Nice design for narrow yard space