In the distance, the Kousa Dogwood acts as a focal point to pull the eye through the front pathway along with the low Liriope in the foreground. Designer tip: Soft textures and colors, like in these hydrangeas, evoke a feeling of being able to wander and get lost in relaxation.
Lush landscaping with purple flowers and ornamental grasses highlights a natural stone staircase. The pathway softly winds up to the house thanks to plantings that spill and cascade over the boulders.
An arc-shaped pool with a spa is built into the hillside, where cascading water gently rolls over the Misty Rose flagstone veneered pool wall, producing a calming effect. The infinity edge is designed to spill into a raised trough that doubles as a sitting area and water sculpture.
As if it were straight from storybook, this quintessential home comes complete with a sloping slate rooftop and stone pathway. Purple hydrangeas provide a pop of color to the otherwise simple landscaping.
No other plant can add movement and catch light like ornamental grasses. They can soften, yet enhance masonry elements with their airy form and uniquely capture and filter the sun's rays. Tip: Be sure to place them where they can catch the light, which will shine through their foliage and flower heads, making them glow and shimmer in the breezes.
The pathway to the home should be as intriguing in the day as in the evening. Not only will it illuminate the way, but it shows visitors you value creating a strong presence. Callery Pear beautifully bloom in the day and are transformed at night with an ambient glow from up lighting.
An irregular bluestone pathway flanked with pachysandra leads to an Asian-style gate with pergola. The gate draws the eye through to frame the rear yard and entices one to enter. Designer tip: You do not need a fence to have a gate. Simply tucking an arbor gate into the landscape will draw the eye into the garden.
This poolscape includes two-tiered entertaining and bathing areas surrounded by a stacked stone retaining wall of blended earth tones. The hillside plantings in the background soften the change in grades. Designer tip: Planting grasses in drifts will create a sense of movement, as they will appear to continuously flow through the garden.
This outdoor patio overlooking an infinity pool is surrounded by lush cottage-style landscaping and a stone retaining wall. The patio is large enough to accommodate both a dining and lounge area for al fresco meals or poolside sunbathing.
Dinner al fresco has never looked more beautiful than it does here. A stone patio, wicker chairs and a x-leg table bring elegance and function to this outdoor room. Ornamental grass, flowering shrubs and hostas create a natural-looking backdrop while the stone retaining wall adds design and defines the dining space.