garden patio designs and ideas
A beautiful wall with Spanish arches serves as the backdrop for this gorgeous backyard lounge area designed by Jamie Durie. The look merges elements of Old-World design with the clean lines of contemporary style.
Dreamy Outdoor Entertaining
A full-size kitchen, a cascading fountain and a raised pool flank the large lawn area, which features an in-ground trampoline, making this a perfect spot for entertaining families. Design by Christopher J. Grubb
Modernist garden furniture is architectural in style. Design classics, such as the sculptural Barcelona-influenced chair, set the tone for elegant recliners, simple tables and matching benches.
This is the dream outdoor space for a mom of four who wanted a French-Provincial design to tie in with her house. The large dining area can accommodate big gatherings, and there are places to lounge in shade or sun.
In this design by Thomas Oppelt, the elegant Tuscan patio offers a glimpse of the surrounding countryside. Image courtesy of Gene Northup of Synergy Sotheby's International Realty.
Upgrade From Gravel
It's hard to imagine that this Tuscan-style courtyard used to be nothing more than an empty gravel space. New stonework, a bubbling fountain, lush plantings and decorative finds resulted in a picturesque and very livable outdoor space.
This outdoor kitchen and patio, designed for entertaining, is accessible from the deck, basement and driveway of the home. The cedar pergola helps define the room and provide overhead lighting.
Designing on the diagonal helps elongate a small space, plus setting the walkways at opposing angles to the house also breaks up the boxy nature of the yard.
Natural stone paving ties in with the home's interior. Thanks to designing on the diagonal, this patio looks bigger than it really is. Built-in seating maximizes the space.
Solution for a Slope
The retaining wall creates a level site for the patio, and the widely contoured steps increase accessibility.
This beautiful eight-sided pavilion, designed by landscape architect Keith Anderson, is the focal point of a European-style garden.
Solution for Building Restrictions
This pool is near the back porch of a summer home. Because of setback restrictions on the property, the poolhouse was built as a non-permanent, open-air structure with colored canvas curtains. Image courtesy of Barry Block
An arbor, with a trellis and columns designed to reflect the home, screens an unwelcome view and also forms the backdrop of an informal seating area. Image courtesy of Barry Block
The wall is a smart solution for camouflaging pool equipment and helping to reduce the sound. Silverado Ledgestone with a flagstone cap contributes to the Tuscan look. Image courtesy of Green Planet Landscaping.
A living wall of plants turns alfresco dining into a private affair in this outdoor room designed by Jamie Durie.
This dramatic doorway leads to a romantic patio with black-and-white marble tile and a beautiful vertical garden. Design by Jamie Durie
This patio is located away from the house, surrounded by colorful landscaping and shaded by trees. A short wall provides a sense of enclosure. The walkway continues on to a potting bench and a secluded arbor swing. Design by Jamie Durie