Sweet spots

Colorful backyard settings beckon guests to enjoy the day

Water falling from two sides gives this waterfall what the landscaper refers to as a “duet effect.” Sedum, hydrangeas and crape myrtles add color and form.

This backyard fountain illustrates a more subtle use of color to harmonize with surrounding natural green hues.

Liatris, coneflower, hyssops and catmint offer continuous blooms throughout the season attracting hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.

Tucked into a wooded setting with boxwoods and clump river birches nearby, this pool area features a water wall and spa that are both faced with a blended cultured stone, and a cedar pergola.

Walls built of Southern buff bench stone, a waterfall made with mossy boulders and weathered sandstone, and a boulder and stone fireplace make a strong statement. The look is softened woods aster, weeping blue atlas, shore juniper, little spire sage, heather, Norway spruce, salvia and phlox.

Muhly grass adds a soft and feathery touch next to the variegated yucca; a plant the designer says is beautiful and wonderfully reliable. She recommends placing hard and rigid plants next to softer ones so that the two balance each other.

A weeping pine drapes over a pond while petunias sweep through for annual color in this landscape.

Assorted coleus with cannas and a banana tree add a bright and showy tropical feel just off the deck of a backyard pool.

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