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grasses and lavender in hot spot
love gravel drive and walkway
birch limbs used as a screen
Trees in ornamental boxes
grasses with raised walkway
Once the structure is set, plants can soften outlines and hard edges, and add color and year-round interest. The plants in this scheme cleverly add to the formal paved design without overriding or hiding it.
River stones used as an accent with a metal edge adds visual interest to an otherwise simple setup. The metal edging keeps the stones from spilling over into the landscape, and it also keeps the landscape from crossing over onto the pathway.
The wood edging in this shot is used with gravel to break up a section of landscape. When using wood like this, make sure to treat the wood against rot and use an edging tool to dig a shallow trench for the pieces you install.
Minimalist garden spaces are some of my favorites. If your space isn't conducive to growing lots of plants and flowers, go for the simplicity of monochromatic hard surfaces and sculptural furniture, as well as repeating one kind of plant multiple times for structured drama.
like the use of shrubs at every level and the right side screen
The taller trees and ivy help make this sitting area feel cozy and intimate. If you don't have space for in-ground plantings, use large pots. Arrange your furniture so it's ideal for conversation and hanging out.
Here, a maroon, spiky Cordyline plant is aligned with a fence section in a rhythmic repetition that looks contemporary and balanced. Put three of them together for a thoroughly appealing installation. The silvery-blue ground cover is called Senecio vitalis, a succulent.
"paving with cracks between the stones" addresses the good feeling of walking from stone to stone. Here is a modern interpretation using precast square and rectangular stepping stones in a gravel garden. I love the rhythm it creates.
Santolina in shades of silver and green covers the ground, while purple alliums repeat that globe shape on taller stems. The distant wands of dark purple lavender echo the alliums, adding depth.
This curvaceous walkway brings to mind the meandering path of a small river flowing into the bay. The ornamental grasses and thyme make a natural accompaniment, as they both have a sense of flow and movement.
The olive trees have a cloudlike appearance that softens the architecture, and the motion of the grasses as they sway in the wind brings a lively feeling to the home.
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Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia, zones 4 to 8) is a native of the Southeast with spring flowers neither you nor the birds will soon forget. It tops out at 15 feet tall and wide, and grows well in full sun to part shade and in average to moist soil.
One tree you'll find on almost every list of underrated trees is shadblow (Amelanchier species — this one is Amelanchier x grandiflora, zones 4 to 9). Many species exist, and most you'll find at nurseries are also native to North America. Shadblow is a sure sign of spring in the Northeast, with billowy white flowers similar to those of flowering fruit trees, and it produces edible fruit as well. (Get it before the birds do.) On top of that, most shads have fabulous fall color, from red-purple to red-orange. Most grow to 25 feet tall and wide, though some may grow taller, and they prefer average to moist soil.
Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus, zones 5 to 9), is a better plant all around. It blooms bigger, brighter and more billowy, and its leaves are a cleaner, darker green. It adds great gold fall color, and it's an all-season showstopper. Chinese fringe adapts well to tough sites of all kinds, as long as they're not too droughty. It prefers full sun to part shade and reaches 20 feet in height and width.
Dove trees flower in late spring, producing small, red flowers surrounded by pairs of 7-inch white bracts, or elegant petals. The flowers blanket the tree and loosely cascade over leaves and branches, creating an elegant and ghostly effect.
This back porch has room enough for a porch swing, which is all the porch furniture it needs.
Make the most of a long, narrow porch by using either end for larger pieces of furniture.
If your tiny porch has the room, a pair of rockers is all you need to give you the full porch experience.
love the colours