Beautiful landscape design photos to give you ideas to use at your house. A large lawn divided into outdoor rooms. Small yard landscaping. A terraced backyard and a colorful shrub garden.
One way of handling a large lawn is to divide it up into a series of outdoor rooms as has been done here. Low shrubs and tall, columnar evergreens act as room dividers.
This home also features a large backyard which has been divided into different parts, each designed for a specific use. Its central feature is an expansive rectangle of grass.
A lawn this size can earn its keep in many ways:
The dining area and sun deck are divided, not only by the wooden arch between them, but by the different types of "flooring" underneath them.
Unless you have a butler, think carefully before siting a dining area this far from the house. How often will it really be used?
Here, it works because there is another "dining room" on the pool deck which is much closer to the house.
Each tier is devoted to a different foliage color which, when viewed from a distance, creates the effect of stripes.
Boxed shrubs visually soften the steps. This technique can only be safely used where the staircase is wide enough to accommodate the planters or pots while still leaving plenty of uncluttered space for foot traffic.
Notice the elevated "fort" in the left hand corner. What child doesn't want one of these?
Most landscapes rely much too heavily on flowers to furnish the desired color scheme.
This is a mistake.
Foliage plants are much more reliable sources of garden color. The landscape design photo above is proof of this.
Golden, green, and glaucous bushes fill the beds and borders with a year round display of color and texture. Many of the shrubs here are natural dwarfs. Others are kept compact with pruning.
The majority are evergreen. A few (the Japanese maples, for instance) are not.
A vine blankets the brick wall of the house. I'm not sure what kind this is but, in my yard, Virginia Creeper grows easily and turns bright red each fall.
Japanese Maple - Bloodgood
False Cypress - Golden Mop
Japanese Maple - Bloodgood
A shapely swatch of emerald lawn provides the negative space necessary to keep this adorable landscape from descending into chaos.
The pale patio is perfect for this garden. The more typical gray slate would have been too similar to the blue foliage of some of the evergreens and would have failed to make this design pop like the pale slate does.
Every inch of space in the small backyard has been used to its best advantage. Grass, concrete, and wood divide the space into three functional and attractive rooms.
The concrete patio nearest the house provides seating and dining space. The wood deck in the middle could be pressed into service as a dance floor if a party thrown by the homeowner were to flow out into the yard.
The lawn is a resilient surface for children and pets to play on.
Surrounding the whole with privacy fencing makes it feel like a cozy oasis.
Here, a slightly larger yard has been laid out in curves. A curved brick path links the landscape to the house and leads to a circular dining patio.