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Small Xeriscape Cottage Garden
Small Xeriscape Cottage Garden
English Landscape LLCEnglish Landscape LLC
Small mediterranean backyard full sun xeriscape in London with natural stone pavers.
Minimal Landscape Design
Minimal Landscape Design
Exterior Worlds Landscaping & DesignExterior Worlds Landscaping & Design
This garden house was designed by owner and architect, Shirat Mavligit. The wooden section of outer wall is actually the outer section of a central volume that creates an enlarged open space bisecting the home interior. The windows create a view corridor within the home that allows visitors to see all the way through to the back yard. Occupants of the home looking out through these windows feel as if they are sitting in the middle of a garden. This architectural theme of volume and line of site is so powerful that it became the inspiration for the modern landscape design we developed in the front, back, and side yards of the property. We began by addressing the issue of too much open space in the front yard. It has no surrounding fence, and it faces a very busy street in Houston’s Rice Village Area. After careful study of the home façade, our team determined that the best way to set aside a large portion of private space in front of the home was to construct a landscape berm. This land art form adds a sense of dimension and psychological boundary to the scene. It is built of core 10 steel and stands 16 inches tall. This is just high enough for guests to sit on, and it provides an ideal sunbathing area for summer days. The sweeping contour of the berm offsets the rigid linearity of the home with a softer architectural detail. Its linear progression gives the modern landscape design a dynamic sense of movement. Moving to the back yard, we reinforced the home’s central volume and view corridor by laying a rectilinear line of gravel parallel to an equivalent section of grass. Near the corner of the house, we created a series of gravel stepping pads that lead guests from the gravel run, through the grass, and into a vegetable garden. The heavy use of gravel does several things. It communicates a sense of control by containing the vitality of the lawn within an inorganic, mathematically precise space. This feeling of contained life force is common in modern landscape design. This also adds the functional advantage of a low-maintenance space where only minimal lawn care is needed. Gravel also has its own unique aesthetic appeal. Its dark color compliments both the grass and the house, providing an ideal lead-in to the space of the vegetable garden. This same rectilinear geometry was applied to the side yard, but the materials were reversed to add dramatic effect. Here, the field is gravel, and the stepping pads are made from grass. Heavy gauge steel planters were set into the gravel to house separate plantings of Zoysia. The pads run from the library to the kitchen, allowing visitors to travel between the two as if they are walking on a floor decorated with grass. The lawn in all three yards is planted with Zoysia grass. This species of grass is frequently used in modern landscape design because it requires only moderate amounts of water to retain its exceptionally fine texture. When mowed, it presents a clean, well-manicured lawn that compliments the conservatism of the home.
Townhouse garden
Townhouse garden
Neil Jones DesignNeil Jones Design
Using a refined palette of quality materials set within a striking and elegant design, the space provides a restful and sophisticated urban garden for a professional couple to be enjoyed both in the daytime and after dark. The use of corten is complimented by the bold treatment of black in the decking, bespoke screen and pergola.
Ladera Ranch Modern Farmhouse
Ladera Ranch Modern Farmhouse
Living Gardens Landscape DesignLiving Gardens Landscape Design
Our homeowners were looking for a garden where they could sit by the fire, grow vegetable and hear the sound of water. Their home was new construction in a modern farmhouse style. We used gravel and concrete as paving. Board formed concrete firepit keeps it feeling modern. The vegetable beds supply season vegetables and herbs.
Curved Retaining Wall
Curved Retaining Wall
Krugel Cobbles, Inc.Krugel Cobbles, Inc.
Photos by Linda Oyama Bryan
Design ideas for a small eclectic front yard garden in Chicago with a retaining wall and natural stone pavers.
Coastal Entry Garden
Coastal Entry Garden
Sacred Garden NY LLCSacred Garden NY LLC
Coastal Entry Garden
This is an example of a small beach style front yard full sun xeriscape in New York with with path and river rock.
Medicinal Herb Spiral
Medicinal Herb Spiral
Symbiotic Landscape, LLC.Symbiotic Landscape, LLC.
This is an example of a small transitional side yard shaded xeriscape in Seattle with with rock feature and river rock.
Meditative Healing Garden- Laurel Canyon
Meditative Healing Garden- Laurel Canyon
Ketti Kupper Conscious Life DesignKetti Kupper Conscious Life Design
Deck with dry stream and copper awning. Photo by Ashley Elizabeth Ford.
Design ideas for a small contemporary backyard full sun xeriscape in Los Angeles with decking.
Brixton Garden
Brixton Garden
The London Gardener LtdThe London Gardener Ltd
Small garden in Brixton designed for young children and sophisticated enough to link in style with the new kitchen extension/remodelled house. Artificial grass was combined with scented Lavender and Trachleospermum with year round structure from standard Olea (Olive) trees and Magnolia Grandiflora. Cedar slats were used for the fencing to give a clean and modern line. A lovely low maintenance garden!
Cara Cara Hollywood
Cara Cara Hollywood
OVERARCHOVERARCH
Night time photo of the shared backyard space for the bungalows
Design ideas for a small contemporary backyard full sun garden for summer in Los Angeles with concrete pavers.
Gardens
Gardens
CSDesign llcCSDesign llc
A intimate bluestone patio surrounded by lush gardens with year around interest.
This is an example of a small contemporary backyard partial sun formal garden in Seattle with natural stone pavers.
Manhattan Beach Modern Cottage
Manhattan Beach Modern Cottage
June Scott DesignJune Scott Design
Succulents, grasses and low-water shrubs with vivid foliage give this coastal garden a rich, textured look with minimal maintenance. Photos by Daniel Bosler
California Ranch Dreaming
California Ranch Dreaming
Christiane Holmquist Landscape DesignChristiane Holmquist Landscape Design
Emma Almendarez
Photo of a small mediterranean front yard partial sun xeriscape for summer in San Diego with mulch.
Playhouse ~ 8×12 Brandywine metal roofing
Playhouse ~ 8×12 Brandywine metal roofing
Jamaica Cottage Shop IncJamaica Cottage Shop Inc
A beautiful playhouse with an overall height of ten feet. It can be converted to a very attractive storage shed when the kids out grow it. Reminiscent of old Victorian houses, the steep rooflines and graceful dormer add a fresh style to boring backyard sheds. The two 2x2 opening windows fill the 96 square feet with lots of light making this quaint little cottage irresistible for the kid inside us all. The single door in the dormer is complemented with large double doors on the gable end allowing bulky items to fit in the shelter.
mid-century modern with an asian flare
mid-century modern with an asian flare
Virginia Hand DesignVirginia Hand Design
container at dining area
Photo of a small midcentury backyard partial sun garden in Seattle with a container garden.
Landscaping
Landscaping
Good Earth Water GardensGood Earth Water Gardens
Plain grassy corner of backyard gets a landscape makeover with some evergreens to screen surrounding neighbors.
Inspiration for a small transitional backyard full sun garden for summer in Kansas City with gravel.
Bowen Residence
Bowen Residence
REMARKREMARK
The patio was separated from the vehicular area by a living fence to provide some privacy while allowing for air and light to penetrate. All the plants are native and provide year round interest and a verdant feel to the space.
Cool, Compact Garden Design Castleknock
Cool, Compact Garden Design Castleknock
LandArtLandArt
This garden design in Castleknock was transformed from the typical dull garden, that comes with all new builds in housing estates these days, into a contemporary oasis. Our client wanted to enjoy her garden from morning sunrise right through to sunset, so we designed two patios, positioned to get the full benefit of the sun throughout the day. Like most new builds in housing estates, the garden and kitchen of the house are quite overlooked from the terrace of houses to the rear. For more privacy we incorporated a ‘Hedge in the Sky’ of evergreen Espalier Elaeagnus. We also made sure that there were generous planting areas left along all borders and that the lawn was framed with porcelain strips, for effortless lawn maintenance. Stepping stone pavers create an elegant design element in the small garden, guiding the way to the shed.
Twin Terrace Garden
Twin Terrace Garden
Christine Wilkie Garden DesignChristine Wilkie Garden Design
This small, north-east facing garden, measuring around 100 m2, was in need of a complete transformation to bring it into line with the owner's interior style and the desire for an outdoor room experience. A series of bi-folding doors led out to a relatively small patio and raised lawn area. The objective was to create a design that would maximise the space, making it feel much larger and provide usable areas that the owners could enjoy throughout the day as the sun moves around the garden. An asymmetrical design with different focal points and material contrasts was deployed to achieve the impression of a larger, yet still harmonious, space. The overall garden style was Japanese-inspired with pared back hard landscaping materials and plants with interesting foliage and texture, such as Acers, Prunus serrula cherry tree, cloud pruned Ilex crenata, clumping bamboo and Japanese grasses featuring throughout the garden's wide borders. A new lower terrace was extended across the full width of the garden to allow the space to be fully used for morning coffee and afternoon dining. Porcelain tiles with an aged wood effect were used to clad a new retaining wall and step risers, with limestone-effect porcelain tiles used for the lower terrace. New steps were designed to create an attractive transition from the lower to the upper level where the previous lawn was completely removed in favour of a second terrace using the same low-maintenance wood effect porcelain tiles. A raised bed constructed in black timber sleepers was installed to deal with ground level changes at the upper level, while at the lower level another raised bed provides an attractive retaining edge backfilled with bamboo. New fencing was installed and painted black, a nod to the Japanese shou sugi ban method of charring wood to maintain it. Finally, a combination of carefully chosen outdoor furniture, garden statuary and bespoke planters complete the look. Discrete garden lighting set into the steps, retaining wall and house walls create a soft ambient lighting in which to sit and enjoy the garden after dark.
Birmingham Beachy Retreat
Birmingham Beachy Retreat
Great Lakes Landscape DesignGreat Lakes Landscape Design
Photo of a small beach style front yard garden in Detroit.

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