78 Outdoor Shrubs Garden Design Photos And Ideas

Garden and greenhouse
A look at the rear patio gardens.
A small garden tucked away next to the entrance hallway offers a blissful place to dine al fresco.
The goal of the remodel was to preserve the home's classic look, while also updating it.
Private garden with deck
“I can’t believe a lot like ours exists, because it’s so beautiful. Our backyard ends on the edge of an 80-foot cliff, and the property line is such that we could conceivably cantilever the new house fifteen, maybe even twenty feet off the edge. The great potential for me architecturally is to be able to design a space that will bring a whole new level of dialogue between the interiors and my objects. We’ll probably get more animals, too. It’s going to be a total dream.”
The west patio
Fashion designer Josie and her husband Ken Natori are big fans of traditional Japanese architecture, so when Brooklyn-based practice Tsao & McKown Architects designed their home in Pound Ridge, New York, they used a heavy, exposed-timber structure, and included Japanese-style gardens and landscaping.
The accessible green roof on the yoga studio provides additional landscape for gardening.
Large columns and shear walls offer the structural support needed to mitigate minor earthquakes.
Both structures step out to small south-facing terraces.
Spruce and pine cladding echo the verticality of the tree trunks surrounding the cabins.
Mill Valley Cabins
The main living space opens to a lush tropical garden.
Viewing Decks and Infinity Pool
Plenty of light can enter the living area through the peaceful backyard garden.
Hutchins and Montague worked with Samuel H. Williamson Associates Landscape Architecture on the garden, which is planted with sword ferns, vine maple, and wild ginger. “When we look at it from the bedroom, it’s our private little forest,” Montague says.
The outdoor space includes a fire pit.
The outdoors is easily accessed from every room, showcasing a mix of large specimen trees, drought tolerant plants, and decomposed granite and river rock.
Inspiring views can be had from every angle on the terrace.
Each features its own custom teak soaking tubs placed under illuminating skylights. Balancing touches like sand-colored, full-height limestone walls evoke a California spirit.
No two suites are the same, and the modernized rooms are artfully designed to incorporate Japanese elements, such as tatami mats and shoji screens.
The courtyard-like area connecting the old and new building is a favorite spot for outdoor gatherings.
Garden Balcony
Garden Elevation
A fountain that spills into a palm sheltered pond at the entry.
The ADU shares the backyard of the main home, but gabion retaining walls (rocks in wire cages) and an elevated terrace gives it an intimate space of its own.
Tall Stacks

In reworking the landscape, Neely added 1950s ceramic sculptures by Malcolm Leland, who calls them “modern totem poles.”
“I love the look of mass plantings,” notes Neely, near Mexican feather grasses--which thrive on the sunny lot.
The entrance to the house is marked by a triangular awning. “It’s just enough to protect the front door,” says Merrill, “and then  it sheds water into a small garden between the garage and the house.”
Behind her is the greenhouse, where Lynn starts vegetables like lettuce, Swiss chard, and tomatoes. Landscape architect David Hocker defined the sunken fire pit area with Cor-Ten steel.
On a site adjacent to a greenbelt, architects Yen Ong and Paul Merrill of 5G Studio envisioned “a solid black mass within an enclosed garden,” says Ong. A geothermal heat pump, solar panels, and rainwater harvesting helped the project achieve LEED Platinum status.
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Fields of native grasses connect the main residence, situated at the top of the slope, to the new structures scattered below.
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.
This Dallas gem is set against a dramatic backdrop and offers breathtaking views from every room.
Tall tropical planting creates privacy and shade while the lush tropical foliage softens the look of the concrete building and pavers. The lignum vitae in front of the wall creates additional privacy for the owners.
29th Street Residence in San Francisco, California
The couple source ideas for their garden from their trips to Japan.
Brookline Residence in Brookline, Massachusetts
A section of the facade—a cross between a shoji screen and a barn door—slides open. Planter boxes contain edible varieties that fuel Mary’s culinary explorations.
From the street view, an angular slatted facade conceals a home from the outside world while also carefully hinting at what's inside. 
Behind those entry screens in Brisbane, Queensland, the three-level Australian home created by Bureau Proberts is finely attuned to its sloping site. A generous skylight over the front door opens the entryway to the sky, while substantial glazing in the master bedroom conveys the feeling of being perched high in the treetops.
A strolling garden and a pond with a waterfall have already been brought back
Uncovered paths lead straight down into the forest.
Roof extension with garden
View of bedroom
Architects Simone Carneiro and Alexandre Skaff transformed a cramped São Paulo apartment into a mid-city refuge for Simone Santos.
In addition to the retention of the building's envelope, many original elements were reworked and reused throughout the renovation.
Entry way to a modern, contemporary Key West home.  Clean lines, planting was done with minimal species and in groupings.
West Elevation - Private Chill zone from mishacks' modular design system.

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.