A simple modern home and front yard garden

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This home is totally stunning and it’s so simple.

  1. Everything is black – the walls, the gate, the trim – except the stark white window trim, roofline and eaves, and porch light.
  2. Turquoise blue front door.
  3. Repetition of a just a few foliage plants.
  4. The same plant as a low round shrub and as a tree standard. I’m not totally sure what this is, but you could do this with Pittosporum, Privet or Indian Hawthorn.
  5. The flat silver ground cover ties in with the silver leaves of the tree. Try Cerastium (Snow in Summer) for a low silver ground cover.
  6. Sago Palms in low, wide terra-cotta containers.
  7. Podocarpus does it all. Here, it is trained on the wall and grown as a tree.
  8. Low boxwood hedges the same height as the bench they surround frame the entry.

See more black and green gardens here.

See more Podocarpus being awesome and versatile here.

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Curb appeal: ideas for sidewalk gardens

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Think of sidewalk gardens as a public service. You’ll be making your garden more beautiful for everyone in your neighborhood (and everyone who passes through), helping the environment (more habitat for birds and insects and sidewalk gardens decrease run off), and increasing property values. This is where you use your toughest plants. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple: massed plantings are easier and always look great.

Alstromeria and shasta daisies soften a fence which is transparent to let the green of the hedges come through (above).

Daylilies and salvia.

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A garden wall softened with vines and low shrubs.

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Maples underplanted with blue oat grass.

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