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.
Giant Annabelle hydrangeas cheerfully greet arrivals.
Bluestone chips and Dragon’s Blood sedum create a casual air.
A warmly appointed addition offers expansive garden views.
A stone firepit echoes the building’s original exterior.
Reds, pinks and purples pop against a green backdrop.
A shady spot provides views of the plantings and pool.
A curved bluestone walk feels friendly yet polished.
The spa fills the landscape with the relaxing sounds of a waterfall.
Large swaths of a few plants provide impact.
The landscape is home to more than 250 species of birds.
Visitors can relax near the bubbling trout stream.
Mixing heights, colors and textures adds interest.
Varying plant heights maximizes a small space.
The centerpiece of an inviting outdoor living room all summer long.
Natural bluestone boulders provide eye-catching color.
Within a neat rectangle, an explosion of color.
Large drifts of a few plants can have a huge impact.
Fences and walkways bring order to the landscape.
Fieldstone steps lead to a hidden pathway.
Containers and raised beds showcase summer blooms.
The driveway is as welcoming as the front door.
Straight lines were replaced with friendly curves.