Higher Ground: 6 Spectacular Landscapes

We’ve toured some magnificent landscapes here in over the past couple of years. From a garden on a Greek island into a bocce ball court overlooking the Pacific Ocean, by a small front yard in the Hollywood Hills into a grand estate in the Berkshires, every one these landscapes wow. Each has a special relationship to the home, the property and the increased context. Get tips for planting period from six special properties.

Carolyn Chadwick

This magnificent Greek garden on the island of Paros was designed to look as if it had always been there.

Carolyn Chadwick

Purple, blue, white and pink flowers, for instance, tall African lily and pink society garlic are spread between the home and the ocean edge of the house.

Carolyn Chadwick

There’s nothing like saving the best for last; this is the view from the house across the gardens into the Aegean Sea.

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At Edith Wharton’s former home, The Mount, there are many different moods created by the landscapes. The nearer they are to the home, the more formal they’re.

A stone staircase surrounded by ferns takes visitors in the wooded entry to the formal gardens.

A lengthy strand lined in linden trees joins the two formal gardens.

The secret garden has a more rustic aesthetic than its counterpart. It is sunken, utilizes boulders and retains a green and white color palette.

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Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

This stunning property on California’s central coast takes full advantage of opinions of Morrow Bay. It straddles the line between manicured and untamed, with native plants and careful color choice linking built bits to the unbuilt landscape.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

A system of meandering paths connects the home to the estuary literally and figuratively (in its colours and sinuousness), and the layout provides stains to sit in isolation and enjoy the view.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Boulders mimic the shapes of the hills in the distance.

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COCOCOZY

Blogger and house accessories programmer Cococozy has added lots of square feet into her living room by producing many areas to relax, do swim, visit, site, browse and nap in the front yard of her Hollywood Hills cabin.

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Thick cushions, colorful throw pillows and a classy rug bring indoor layout relaxation out to the deck.

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A huge dining table is a favourite spot for friends to gather on hot nights.

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Feldman Architecture, Inc..

These two cottages were designed to operate with the slope of a wooded Mill Valley, California, site.

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Both studios, constructed instead of an attached addition onto the main house, tread lightly on the land, with a rooftop supplying the room to garden.

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The adventure of traveling from the main home to cabin was carefully considered; variables included slopes, substances, width and places to stop and enjoy the view.

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Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

This house sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Aptos, California. A beautifully entry court provides a glimpse at the sea.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

As you round the corner, you find the bocce ball court in the foreground and the ocean beyond. There’s also.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

This big, troughlike fountain provides a visual boundary at the edge of this cliff.

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