Go eclectic with unexpected twists and unique details. This water feature wall by Morgan Holt gets an attractive, ethereal glow from an underwater light hidden in the basin and the stacked glass edge. Photograph by Rick Brazil.
Design Style: Arts and Crafts Movement
Sometimes a striking structure makes all the difference. This courtyard by Katrina Leonidov Fairchild features an arbor in the style made famous by notable Arts and Crafts architects Greene & Greene.
Design Style: Asian
Designer Jamie Durie's Japanese-style garden features nods to tradition with a tatami room and sunken dining area. Paper lanterns are another pretty, Asian accent. Photography by Jason Busch.
Design Style: Contemporary
Backyard design isn't all about landscaping. You can dress up your deck, too! This contemporary look from designer Brian Patrick Flynn gets its fresh vibe from smooth lines and bold pops of color against neutrals.
Interior cottage style is all about florals, so it's no wonder that the look translates well outdoors, as this garden by RMSer jndesign proves. The botanical palette (dusty lilac and shades of green accented by pops of yellow and fuchsia) and quaint, picket-topped privacy fence are quintessential cottage touches.
Design Style: English Country
If you don't like prying eyes, take a cue from this classic English walled garden by Robert Hursthouse. The layout offers privacy and seclusion, along with beautiful hidden terraces.
The earth-toned palette, rustic fireplace and potted cacti lend this dining patio by Mitch Kalamian some Southwestern flair. And if you're looking to capture the same mood in your backyard, sometimes it pays to go straight to the source: The Canterra stone for this space was imported from Mexico.
Design Style: Tropical
Sun-seeking palms and oversized planters filled with blooms turn this space, designed by Chad Robert, into a tropical hideaway. Walking down the slate pathway to the crystal-blue pool feels like being transported to a five-star resort.