Monday, March 23, 2009

Backyard Bliss

An on-the-go young professional created a beautiful outdoor oasis. The space beckons her to slow down and relax.

The homeowner: Single medical resident with a hectic, haphazard schedule seeks a low-maintenance area to sit back and enjoy the outdoors.

The courtyard: Traditional English-style garden—complete with pea gravel and monochromatic green plantings—emerges from a mid-sized suburban patio.

Sense of place
1 Annuals and herbs, such as rosemary, can be used for cooking and to
incorporate fragrance into the garden. If you desire more color in your outdoor space, consider adding summer annuals.

2 A chaise offers a comfy spot for relaxing. Outdoor fabric cushions resist dirt and mildew.

3 The pea gravel base can be maintained easily with a rake. If you prefer more textural variety, mix in some stepping stones with the gravel.

Drab to fab
4 Evergreens provide year-round interest; the arborvitae are used as a screen and to soften the look of the brick privacy wall.

5 A stately fountain adds an air of elegance, while the gentle sound of the falling water soothes the senses. The electrical cord is hidden underneath the pea gravel.

6 This stainless gas grill with a 28-burger capacity features a push-and-turn ignition and a cast-brass side burner.

7 The European-inspired furniture has a beautiful scrollwork design and a textured black powder coated finish for durability.


furniture (Ashford, black; 48-inch round table, #144088; dining chairs, #144191; 9-foot umbrella, #147709; iron umbrella base, #149906;
cushion chaise, #147301; side table, #147549)
3-burner gas grill (Perfect Flame, #61701) pea gravel (#92130) cast-iron fountain (2-tier, #190341)
planter (Tribeca Urn, #97080)
*Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of plants.

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