Contemporary Backyard Inspiration

Courtyard Garden found on Secret Gardens website portfolio.
Jackie DiCi Blog: Courtyard Garden found on Secret Gardens website portfolio.

Curb appeal is one thing but a plush, lively, and clean backyard is rear appeal!   I have always loved the look of a horizontal slat fence, it was a style I first admired on some of the homes in Austin, TX.    Keeping that contemporary concept in mind I am gathering some good inspiration for garden path ways, foliage, decks, pools, stairs and lighting to use in my own backyard starting with the fence that will frame the entire property.  See my inspiration below:

Jackie Dici Blog: Redwood Gate found on Landscaping Network website.
Redwood Gate found on Landscaping Network website.

I would love to open the gate of our slat fence and have it lead me down a path of rectangular shaped cement pavers like the image I found on Pinterest below.  I like the idea of continuity and keeping horizontal line and rectangular shapes throughout back yard.

Jackie Dici Blog: Contemporary Garden Inspiration
Cement Pavers for Garden Walkway

We are considering an above ground pool and I am playing with the idea of different heights throughout the backyard each with a different surface material.   Ideally I would like a seamless transition from the flooring on the interior of the house to the deck on the exterior that is level with the above ground pool and lucky me the house is situated perfectly to achieve this.  I love how Secret Gardens, and Australian company accomplished just that in their Randwick project in their pictures below:

Jackie DiCi blog: Contemporary Outdoor Garden Inspiration from Secret Gardens
Secret Gardens Randwick Project
Jackie DiCi Blog: Contemporary Outdoor Garden Inspiration
Secret Gardens Randwick project

Lastly if I could dream bigger, (and I always do) I would love to some how incorporate this fantastic fire pit.  Even though its Florida a fire pit area is always fun during our short winter when it is too cold to sit outside without some warmth generated from a fire pit.  Yes, it actually does get that cold.

Jackie DiCi blog: Contemporary Outdoor Inspiration from Studio H
Limestone fire pit, Source: Studio H Landscape Architects

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