Tour a Supersized, Colorful Atlanta Garden

This mind-blowing Southern garden is built for entertaining.

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Photo By: Angela West

Blockbuster Backyard

This beautiful home in the Sandy Springs neighborhood of Atlanta features a steep, sloped backyard that rises above the already commanding hillside home. The homeowners have featured color above all in their garden, as well as numerous places to rest, sit, play and work throughout the outdoor space.

Color Field

Color greets you from the moment you turn into the driveway of this Atlanta home.

A Storybook Garden Shed

"I wanted something fairy tale-like" says Atlanta homeowner Rod Rusyniak of this charming—but functional— potting shed with tree bark siding and a weathervane salvaged from a Tennessee barn.

Garden Grotto

A waterfall ends at a gorgeous pool surrounded by stone hardscaping in keeping with the rest of the outdoor design.

A Dramatically Terraced Yard

Homeowner Rod Rusyniak is an avid gardener who tries to find time every day to walk his Atlanta yard. His yard boasts a dramatic pitch that rises into the hillside and features a network of winding paths and terraces for a putting green, storybook potting shed, dog house, fire pit and much more.

Doghouse Fit for a King

The family golden retrievers Jackson and Rosa call this air-conditioned doghouse with heated floors—and landscaping!—home (when they're not hanging out in the main house that is).

Dinner Party-Ready

A sweeping hardscaped outdoor space make this Atlanta home perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Through the Garden Gate

A series of paths are broken up by decorative metal gates that keep this family's two labrador retrievers safe and sound.

Faraway Land

Perched on a dramatic hillside, this Atlanta home's driveway offers dramatic views of the verdant surrounding landscape.

Patch of Green

Raised beds surrounded by 'Emerald' zoysia lawn offer dramatic contrast between wild and tailored in this Atlanta yard.

Hot Tub and Fireplace

There is very little this Atlanta yard and garden doesn't offer in terms of outdoor activities including this hot tub and fireplace combination, a luxurious outdoor kitchen, putting green, whimsical fairy tale garden shed and more. "We like to entertain, obviously," says homeowner Rod Rusyniak who each year with his partner stages an elaborate holiday party complete with a light show, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, ice sculptures and, of course, elves.

Garden Planning 101

Rod recommends starting small when planning your garden. Break your garden planning into pieces and test plants out before you plant them. Rod likes to place plants still in their pots where he wants to eventually locate them, to check the light conditions. If they do well, you can go ahead and plant them. His partner sometimes jokes about Rod's "black pot garden." Lisa Bartlett of Gramma B's is the landscape designer for this space. The topiary here is Juniperus procumbens 'Nana', and underplantings include dipladenia, Kong coleus and sweet potato vine. The vine on the pergola is wisteria floribunda, 'Amethyst Falls'.

Tee Time

A playground for adults and children alike, this Atlanta home boasts a putting green perched on the outdoor space's steep hillside.

Down-Time Heaven

An outdoor living area near the top of the backyard garden features a gas fire pit for easy fire-starting. With a garden this big and entertaining a priority, ways to save time and add instant ambiance are critical.

Banging Back Patio

An outdoor space this luxurious offers these Atlanta homeowners ample reasons to entertain outside all year round.

Garden Sentiment

A lovely way to break up the expanse of stonework in the pool and kitchen zone immediately outside the home, this green "island" features a charming sign, "Old Gardeners Never Die, They Just Go to Pot."

Long and Winding Road

Six stone, grass and slate paths wind through this epic garden space.

Earthy Color

Color and texture are big parts of homeowner Rod Rusyniak's space so it makes sense to create continuity by incorporating pops of color and the earthy texture of pottery in his outdoor dining tablescape.

Organic Shapes

We love the organic shape of this handmade bench whose earthy texture and shape blends beautifully with this Atlanta garden. Rich red cordyline can be seen to the left of the bench.

He Shed

This dreamy garden shed has a definite Bavarian, woodland feel that helps give this Atlanta garden its enchanted, transportive vibe.

Time Out

This pergola offers a feeling of enclosure and adds a little dose of shade to this stunning outdoor living room. Garden designer Lisa Bartlett recommends using Sunbrella fabrics that really stand up to the elements for all outdoor upholstery and choosing outdoor furniture that doesn't look like outdoor furniture like this contemporary sectional.

A Chef's Paradise

This stunning Atlanta outdoor space is not only a visual delight for fans of garden color, it's an outdoor entertaining mecca with an extensive outdoor kitchen and multiple large tables to seat guests.

Touch of Elegance

These gorgeous chandeliers housed in rustic metal cages are the perfect mix of handsome functionality in this outdoor kitchen. A pizza oven, multiple refrigerators and ovens, heaters and stove tops make this outdoor kitchen fully-functional and ready for entertaining.

Daphne Odora

A rare daphne odora specimen stands out beautifully against these large boulders. A mix of texture is important in the garden.

Grabbing the Spotlight

Garden designer Lisa Bartlett snapped up this rare daphne odora for Rod Rusyniak's yard as soon as she saw it at her local nursery knowing he would want some for his garden.

Hydrangea Grove

Hydrangeas are a favorite Southern garden shrub. They are great for filling out space and work well in a part-shade garden. Their soft colors balance well with brights here.

Lord of the Manor

Homeowner Rod Rusyniak fell in love with gardening as a little boy working alongside his mother who was an avid gardener. "I was never a structure person," says Rusyniak of what he gravitates to in the garden. "I love color, I love texture."

Weeping Diodore

A whimsical weeping diodore cedar provides great pathway punctuation for one of the many paths that wind through this Atlanta garden.

Shades of Green

Asparagus fern and agave are even more striking when placed in a shallow clay bowl.

Telling a Story With Color

This Atlanta home is notable for blending indoors and out at every opportunity and never missing an opportunity to highlight color. Even the balcony space boasts pops of chartreuse and red that continue the garden's color story.

Rich Color Palette

By mixing a variety of hues: sparkling light greens, reds, yellows and purples, garden designer Lisa Bartlett brings real energy and excitement to this stunning Atlanta garden.

Water Feature

A small fountain provides a lovely surprise and centerpiece to this colorful garden flanking the lower driveway of Rod Rusyniak's stunning Atlanta home.

Pathway Interest

Liriope adds a nice shock of green to the gaps between the stones in this garden walkway.

Well-Curated Container

Agave and moss are a simple but striking combination in this garden container.

Rustic Bird House

Nothing adds instant character and charm to a garden like a handmade birdhouse. This one is almost a work of art, especially when surrounded by some well-curated landscaping.

Slate Path

Homeowner Rod Rusyniak choose slate for this garden pathway because of the way it blends so well into the landscape. There are six total paths winding through his Atlanta garden, made of various materials.

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