Sheltered by perennials, an idyllic place to chat.
Seating for two—the fireplace adds a personal touch.
Flagstone walls tie the design of the spa and fire pit together.
Arborvitae screens the intimate garden and dining area.
Bluestone chips carve out a spot to enjoy the blooms.
Upgrades protected the stream, plantings and habitats.
Mounds of foliage, shrubs and perennials help the spa blend in.
A formal room is delineated by stone and large-scale plantings.
Replacing concrete upgrades the whole property.
Planters encourage experimentation as they change with the seasons.
Lannon stone and bluestone add sophistication to the backyard fire pit.
Combining straight lines and curves adds interest.
Oversized containers add height and interest around the patio.
Globally inspired details fit in a calm American garden.
Clay pavers and a bluestone walk suit the new exterior.
Wooded areas were underplanted to add color and texture.
Sit and relax is this conversation area.
Sweeps of purple stachys, red bee balm, white shasta daisy, yellow black-eyed susan and green sedum are tidy yet casual.
A built-in seatwall is perfect for admiring summer blooms.
The bluestone pool deck is welcoming yet refined.
Lannon stone, bluestone and gravel surround the fire pit.
An existing wall is refreshed with new bluestone.
Hydrangeas, hostas, vinca and impatiens thrive in the shade.
Bluestone pavers pair well with Lannon stone walls.
The pool and seatwall appear aged to match existing stone.
Abundant grasses and blooms surround this outdoor living room.
An elevated bluestone deck offers sweeping views.
Varying shapes and sizes create a layered landscape.
Tumbled concrete pavers create a casual atmosphere.
Flower beds provide pleasing views from the home and walkways.
A stone wall holds spirited flowers and shrubs in check.
Jerusalem limestone slabs elevate the tone of the patio.
A red brick grill surround matches the home’s exterior and patio.
Deftly handled, stone can be mixed to great effect.
Creeping thyme and bluestone lead through shady, low plantings.
Bluestone and Lannon stone combine for a cozy built-in backyard fire pit.
Redbud blossoms and bulbs provide long-awaited color.
This overhead detail photo shows the exploded flagstone patio with creeping thyme planted between the joints.
The pool deck, patio and fire pit draw groups of different sizes.
Native plants bloom with abandon in their natural habitat.
Stone garden walls and walkways lead through the plantings.
Weathered, variegated reclaimed clay paver bricks complement the home’s exterior.
Natural-looking walls shore up plantings and patios.
One of the hallmarks of Van Zelst landscape design is continuous color throughout the season.
A river rock bed adds a glossy sheen to the plant beds.
Terra cotta pots extend the lively garden up onto the patio.
A rustic, sunken, outdoor fire pit, nestled among plentiful trees and plantings.
Giant hosta leaves gain more texture each year.
New areas were installed to match original structures.
Drifts of flowers feel natural and unplanned.