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Ogden Front Garden
Ogden Front Garden
The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design
This is an example of a small eclectic drought-tolerant and full sun front yard brick garden path in Salt Lake City for summer.
Modern Koi Pond
Modern Koi Pond
Exterior Worlds Landscaping & Design
A River Oaks couple contracted Exterior Worlds to design a contemporary garden behind the gym in their two-story home. The original garden was very traditional in both style and function, and was used exclusively as an area to plant foliage and various species of flowers. Its only ornamentation was a three-tiered fountain, which looked outdated and made noise throughout the night due to failing pumps. Our clients asked us to convert a portion of this space into something more functional, and to create a more contemporary garden design throughout the remainder of the property. They also requested we replace the fountain with a more contemporary water feature. Because the garden had previously been designed in the shape of a near-perfect rectangle, we already had the basic geometry necessary for the development of a new, more contemporary style. We developed our landscaping plan by breaking this area up into proportional quadrilateral sections of varying size. Some of these would later be used as patio space, others as garden space, and the last and largest section would be converted into a far more sophisticated water feature and fountain. We began the project by building a red brick patio over the first section just outside the window of the home gym. Rather than placing the bricks in a standard, linear fashion, we took a more eclectic approach. We laid the bricks in alternating diagonal rows that created a sense of immediate movement the moment you stepped onto the patio. This had the effect of drawing both the feet and the eyes toward the center of the property, and it also served to immediately establish the garden’s new, contemporary design. In the large central section of the property, we created a rectangular koi pond the size of a small swimming pool. We deliberately built it to be the central, dominating feature of the landscape that would anchor all other garden elements. We built a two-inch coping around the pond, stocked it with koi, and installed lighting in the fountain’s corners at the end closest to the home. Our clients particularly liked this new water feature when it was finished. Neither of them were swimmers, but they had always enjoyed sitting by pools at the homes of friends. Now, they could sit by their own pond, and watch the koi fish swim around the lighted fountain. To further develop the contemporary design of the garden, we added several more important landscaping features and physical structures. We built another patio, identical to the first, at the opposite end of the pond. This framed the water, bringing a sense of balance and refined containment to the landscape. We also built a sculpture garden near one side of the pond to add an artistic element to the water, masonry, and surrounding greenery. To do all this, of course, we had to significantly narrow the perimeters of the garden itself, so by the time we finished our construction, there was no room left to install a walkway. Working with what we had, as opposed to what we did not have, we built the walkway across the water. Large pedestals were placed in the pond, capped by large limestone pads that mimicked the effect of floating on water. These pads were large enough to support the weight of an adult, and provided both a means of transit across the pond, and varying points of observation from within the pond itself.
Appealing Parking Pad
Appealing Parking Pad
Miller Creek Lawn & Landscape
Jack Rendulich
Design ideas for a small contemporary side yard stone driveway in Other.
Lots of Living is Happening in this Compact Gem of a Garden
Lots of Living is Happening in this Compact Gem of a Garden
Cambium Inc.
The very effective planting design embraces color, and more importantly, significant textural differences of the plant materials.
Design ideas for a small contemporary backyard stone retaining wall landscape in Seattle.
Natural Stone Mountain Landscape
Natural Stone Mountain Landscape
Terry T. King Landscape Architecture
Inspiration for a small traditional full sun backyard stone formal garden in Boise with a fire pit for spring.
Campbell Project
Campbell Project
McKenna Landscape Design
This is an example of a small contemporary partial sun backyard stone landscaping in San Francisco.
Connecticut Beachside Casual
Connecticut Beachside Casual
Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture & Design
Stepping through the main arbor entry gate, the public to private space transitions into a green, calm and relaxing place for intimate socialization with family and friends. Photo: Charles Hugh Moretz, Jr.
Zinke Wine Co. Tasting Room - Los Olivos
Zinke Wine Co. Tasting Room - Los Olivos
Lisa Cox Landscape Design
Rich Cox Photography
Inspiration for a small rustic partial sun front yard concrete paver outdoor sport court in Santa Barbara for spring.
Pollinator Garden Rooms
Pollinator Garden Rooms
Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC
Gravel from an old driveway was repurposed to create a garden path in the side yard. Hornbeam trees create privacy between the closely spaced homes. Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC
Distinctive Gardens
Distinctive Gardens
Wallace Landscape Associates
Photo of a small contemporary backyard gravel landscaping in Philadelphia.
Complete Contemporary Outdoor Living West El Paso
Complete Contemporary Outdoor Living West El Paso
GO Designs Inc.
Contemporary Surprise, Complete Outdoor Living! Our client downsized into their new home and was looking to complete their outdoor space that was consistent with their lifestyle and desired a place to relax and entertain. Dining alfresco, reading, drinking & dancing is what we felt would meeting our clients needs. Shade for the outdoor kitchen, a sail shade for dining and an open firepit for anything and everything. Just the right amount of greenery & touch of flowers cozy up the outdoor space. At night the outdoor lighting comes on and changes the mood to party and go dancing but also allows for one on one intimate nights under the stars with the glow & warmth of fire!
Felton pocket garden
Felton pocket garden
Jan Nelson Landscape Design
Closeup of Autumn Flame flagstone path with small cobbles between. Photo by Jan Nelson
Design ideas for a small rustic full sun front yard stone garden path in San Francisco.
Contemporary garden
Contemporary garden
Living Gardens Landscape Design
Contemporary courtyard garden
Inspiration for a small contemporary shade courtyard concrete paver landscaping in Orange County.
plants, bench, and Mrs. Owl
plants, bench, and Mrs. Owl
Angela
4' ft. teak bench from Terra Patio. Viola adunca (violets) on house side. Yerba Buena mint, bleeding heart, and huechera canyon delight on fence side. Plants from Bay Natives. Owl and pavers from Plow & Hearth.
Olive Tree
Olive Tree
Terra Ferma Landscapes
We brought in a large olive tree to anchor the space and create a timeless feel.
Inspiration for a small contemporary landscaping in San Francisco.
Rustic Peastone Patio & Garden - World's End, Hingham
Rustic Peastone Patio & Garden - World's End, Hingham
Skyline Landscapes, Inc.
The goal of this landscape design and build project was to create a simple patio using peastone with a granite cobble edging. The patio sits adjacent to the residence and is bordered by lawn, vegetable garden beds, and a cairn rock water feature. Designed and built by Skyline Landscapes, LLC.
Small San Francisco Landscape Remodel
Small San Francisco Landscape Remodel
Dig Your Garden Landscape Design
This tired, unused San Francisco backyard was transformed into a modern, low-maintenance landscape with site-appropriate plantings enhanced by raised planting beds and a lead-free artificial lawn to replace the existing water-thirsty lawn. I created two separate "rooms" to break up the long narrow yard, and specified full range blue stone for the two small patio areas, connected by a curved pattern of rectangular pavers of the same natural stone. The raised concrete rectangular planting beds were incorporated to bring more movement and interest to the landscape along with gravel bed accents alongside. Some of the existing concrete remained, and was stained with a color to compliment the natural stone. These photos were taken over a three year period. Photos: © Landscape Designer, Eileen Kelly, Dig Your Garden Landscape Design.
Pocket Garden
Pocket Garden
Charles C Hugo Landscape Design
We painted the traditional white picket fence a muted shade of green to create a subtle background that wraps the space with a warm border rob karosis
Contemporary Los Gatos
Contemporary Los Gatos
Eve Castles Design
The addition of heat and fire elements, a water feature, a new outdoor bar across from the existing BBQ island allow for almost year round entertaining in this CA backyard. Outdated concrete pavers and lawn were replaced with 24 x 24 porcelain tiles and lush planter beds.
Our Work
Our Work
Livolsi Hardscaping, LLC.
This is an example of a small transitional front yard concrete paver garden path in Bridgeport.
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