A living archway frames the pathway to Rebecca Vizard's vegetable garden. A post office in Seaside, Florida, inspired the design of the petite shed.
Thin trees shade a 1960s home's walled retreat. Elizabeth Kennedy and Ray Booth brought the interior's sleek style outdoors by adding all-weather chairs and row of lanterns.
A garden with a plan provides both beauty and elegance, says landscape architect Edmund Hollander. Here, straight run of bluestone pavers reinforces property lines, and lavender borders focus the eye.
At a French-inspired cottage, wisteria shades a poolside grouping of bistro chairs. Très chic!
Add ambiance to an outdoor dining area with a group of topiaries. Monica Bhargava frequently uses her greenery-lined terrace for al fresco dinners.
Between the fire pit and floating dock, it tough to choose where to relax at Thom Filicia's sophisticated lake house.
Chloe Warner kept a California home's landscaping simple: "We did nothing more than set up areas for dining and entertaining." A Galanter & Jones heated love seat by the door entices party guests "to spill out onto the patio on cool evenings."
A weeping willow hovers over the water feature outside of Jill Sharp Weeks' Charleston rental. She replanted the beds and brought in furniture to create the private paradise.
Hollander built an outdoor "dining room" by planting six plane trees. They create shade during the day, and at night, they're strung with lights.
A brand-new South Carolina house looks older than its years thanks to a mature palmetto tree. Fig ivy softens the surrounding brick wall, cozying up Michelle' Prentice's hang-out spot.
A vacation home blends right into its Ojai Valley location with a backyard orange grove. The sweet-smelling orchard even inspired the interior's color palette.
Think of your garden as an organized procession, advises Hollander. Stone steps and offset pavers provide structure and allow the garden to reveal itself in an interesting way.
"It's not just the inside of your house that deserves stylish touches," says Bunny Williams. "Celebrate your arrival by rolling out the red carpet for yourself — or at least a pair of oversize planters."
Large leafy plants make an eye-catching garden by the front door of an upstate New York house.
Towering cypresses at a are reminiscent of a Tuscan landscape.
At this , landscape designer Margaret Carole McElwee created a garden lush with boxwood hedges, lavender, ficus and cypress.
Orderly stepping stones lead across a Florida home's lawn to the dining pavilion.
Voluptuous 50-year-old wisteria vines drape a Victorian wire gazebo outside of a New York house designed by Robin Bell, with the assistance of landscape designer Deborah Nevins and architect Stephen Potters.
Clipped boxwood and a tall privet hedge give structure to designer Gregory Shano's Hamptons garden.
For a garden outside of her Hamptons cottage, designer Podge Bune chose traditional roses and hedges.
Vietnamese urns from East Hampton Gardens frame the view at designer Jill Morris's New Jersey house. The pergola at the far end is covered in two quick-growing vines, Dutchman's Pipe, on the left, planted by Morris's companion, Chuck Baker, and Fiveleaf Akebia (also known as a chocolate vine), planted by Morris.
A stucco garden wall fringed with climbing roses opens onto a Virginia home's pool.
Ellin Goetz designed the graduated landscape for this Naples, Florida, home.
In the Cloister Garden of William Christie's 16th-century French countryside estate, the classic rose Katharina Zeimet stands out among the formal hedges.
Designer Jay Griffith's signature landscaping style — indigenous plants, few flowers and sculptural planting design—is in full effect in the backyard of a Pacific Palisades, California, home. The one-acre property has only nine kinds of plants.
A wall of greenery makes a lush backdrop for this conversation space in a stately Los Angeles home.
Floral designer Wendy Goidell wanted a natural swimming pool for her solar geothermal house in Wassaic, New York. Chris Rawlings of Water House carved it out of a craggy mountain ledge and worked with Goidell and landscape designer Anna Hadjuk to surround it with native plants.
Crepe myrtles form a "ceiling" over the gravel courtyard of Jeannette Whitson's Nashville house. The terrace pavers are reclaimed limestone from English sidewalks.