40 Outdoor Gardens Side Yard Design Photos And Ideas

Viewing Decks and Infinity Pool
A view of the pool from the terrace.
The patio and pool area are perfect for full integration of indoor/outdoor living.
Beckmann and Trowbridge are the co-owners of this resort-style property, which they started working on eight years ago. They describe their unique architectural project as a "micro-resort—a hybrid between luxury rental and boutique hotel."
An interior courtyard.
A fountain that spills into a palm sheltered pond at the entry.
After purchasing a thin, L-shaped lot in Tokyo, Tamotsu Nakada asked architect and friend Koji Tsutsui to create an open-plan concrete home to fit the site.
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Exposed structural members reach outwards and are painted a silver hue.
Greenery at the entrance of the home.
The west patio opens up to a grass area that can be enjoyed by many.
The east patio overlooks a line of yaupon holly trees
Trainor planted native grasses and yarrow as a visual buffer between the house and the natural site. Feldman chose Douglas fir beams as the board forms for the site-poured concrete walls. “The rough texture of the concrete helps tie the house to this dynamic and wild setting,” he says.
A porch extension of glass and corten steel was added to this renovated Italian country house. From within the views connect the porch to the outdoor, but from outside, the reflection of the glass volume reflects the natural landscape taking on the skin of green.
The couple source ideas for their garden from their trips to Japan.
Once unkempt terrain (1), the lot was replanted by Elysian Landscapes. Board-formed concrete walls now hold a lush collection of Bloodgood Japanese maple trees, Canyon Prince wild rye grasses, and Blue Fox Tail agaves. A Spun stool by Heatherwick Studio for Magis joins an outdoor furniture set by Plain Air.
On approach to the guesthouse, the family keeps an edible garden in concrete planters by the property’s landscape designer, Cielo Sichi of Landfour.
Doors recycled from an East Los Angeles grocery store lead to the backyard, which is populated with “stark and minimal” plantings, says Siegal, like the Velvet Elephant Ear.
The windows are by Jeld-Wen, and the metal roof is by Galvalume. “I feel lucky to contribute to the architectural diversity in the neighborhood with something truly of this moment that got built despite the odds,” says Marsha.
Swimming pool at rear yard
A rough board-formed concrete wall hems in the courtyard garden creating an organic looking transition to the wild scrub oak beyond.
the architectural language of the building is articulated within the relationship among the small open courtyards
Clean lines and mass groupings of plants help create a sense of openness and space within a small garden.
A quiet, sheltered outdoor dining area

Whether it's a backyard patio, an infinity pool, or a rooftop terrace, these modern outdoor spaces add to the richness of daily life. Escape into nature, or get lost in city views. Wherever you are, let these outdoor photos take you somewhere new with inspirational ideas for yards, gardens, outdoor tubs and showers, patios, porches, and decks.

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