This gorgeous garden from Sunset tops the list of most-viewed gardens in Design Assistant. Pots of roses and lavender line the stone walls of this patio, while creeping thyme fills the cracks between the flagstones.
Make the most of a sloping garden site by breaking it into terraces. This backyard garden from Southern Accents extends up the hill from the back of the house, while a granite obelisk anchors a parterre garden.
Grecian arbors draped with blooming climbers and a small pool form this tranquil garden retreat from Southern Accents. A cast-iron urn converted to an understated fountain serves as a focal point in a garden pool.
The greatest appeal of this Sunset gazebo -- aside from the ease of construction -- is that it creates a personal space that can be tucked into a lush garden or set on its own on a large lawn or meadow. The walls are four prefabricated arbors and the roof is an umbrella that rises from a garden table. In just a matter of hours, you can be dining alfresco.
This garden courtyard from Sunset provides a welcome escape from the summer heat. Timber bamboo, which quickly grows to 35 to 40 feet, screens the perimeter. The reflecting pool has an evaporative, cooling effect as the water flows over the leading edge down to a trough just below grade. The platform and steps off the dining area and master bedroom double as seating, turning the courtyard into a true outdoor room and an urban oasis.
Used carefully, colored walls and structures can create different effects in gardens. Warm oranges and reds can make an outdoor space vibrant. These bright coral walls make a vivid backdrop for this Sunset courtyard pool's blue tiles and echo the hues of the potted geraniums. A colored wall can draw attention away from undesired views.
This French-style Southern Accents house is surrounded by beautiful gardens, in keeping with its formal feel. Perfectly trimmed hedges and creeping ivy complete this European garden, located (surprisingly) in Dallas, Texas.
This 6- by 13-foot screened pavilion from Sunset occupies a wooden platform near a small pond. Gauzy curtains frame the entrance and provide privacy and bug protection when needed. A shallow gabled roof covered with translucent fiberglass shelters the area from rain and drizzle without blocking the light. The space is furnished with comfortable, stylish pieces, including a chair found at a flea market, an old coffee table, and an antique daybed.