7 OUTDOOR FEATURES THAT FUEL THE SOUL
Time to fire up your imagination
It’s that time of year again. In fact, it happens like clockwork. When the first snow falls, the backyard blues kick-in for those who can no longer enjoy their patios, decks, and outdoor plays spaces. Relax, gentle reader. We’ve got you covered! Check out this photo gallery of projects that earned Awards of Excellence from the National Association of Landscape Professionals to help tide you over until you can get back outside. Better yet, get inspired for your next patio makeover.
Lots to admire here! The cabana, complete with full kitchen, full bath and wood burning fireplace, overlooks a deep pool with a raised beam featuring six sheer descent falls. There’s a ten-jet spa centered between dramatic fire bowls. How about that Turkish travertine retaining wall and step system that carries you away to the upper gardens. Photo provided courtesy of Landscape Techniques, Inc.
This 8-foot guitar sits waiting for a giant musician while it provides a whimsical focal point for a formal area garden. The crushed blue stone paths visually tie the garden area to the blue stone patio. Gorgeous plantings in rich textures bring the area to life. Photo provided courtesy of Exscape Designs, LLC.
No palm trees? No problem. These custom steel palm trees make this lakefront property seem like it’s been transported to the tropics. The feature lighting and patio café lighting ensure the outdoor space is ready to welcome an evening luau. Photo provided courtesy of Southern Landscape Group; Craig Shaffer, Matrix Productions.
We’re loving the artistic hardscaping surrounding the pool and offering a gorgeous flagstone lounging deck. Photo provided courtesy of LandPatterns, Inc.
This backyard screams “don’t leave me!” Unique living spaces have been created for entertaining in large or intimate settings. Ornamental grasses act as a barrier between the upper and lower terraced areas and separated living spaces are defined by the amenities they individually provide. How about that cedar pergola that frames the views from the fireplace area? LED lighting illuminates the steps for aesthetics and safety. Photo provided courtesy of Designs By Sundown; David Winger.
Tennis anyone? It’s playtime in this backyard! Bocce courts have become increasingly popular. This court is surfaced with crushed oyster shells and surrounded by lush, colorful plantings. 300 tons of 4-5’ boulders surround the play areas as retaining walls and their look is softened by a diverse mass of grasses, flowering perennials, roses, hydrangea and countless other varieties of plants. Photo provided courtesy of Landscape Techniques, Inc.
Here you can enjoy many of the most popular trends in outdoor living without leaving the comfort of your lounge chair! The outdoor technology trend is on full display with the flat screen TV nestled atop the fireplace, another hot trend. Of course, your eyes will have to look through the cascading water feature that offers beautiful sounds for relaxing and helps cool the area. The outdoor kitchen is fit for a chef, with tons of cabinet space for storage, fridge, warming drawers and a 56” grill. Photo provided courtesy of Designs By Sundown; David Winger.
The gentle pewter, blue and cream hues offer a crisp and inviting welcome that suggests sit all day – with company, a book, or a glass of something cold. Photo provided courtesy of Scapes.
Perfection! This inviting covered patio seems ready to host breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, tea, book club and just about anything else. Photo provided courtesy of Frisella Nursery, Inc.
This low maintenance backyard deploys hardscapes and softscapes in perfect complement to one another. Photo provided courtesy of Floralis Garden Design.