Leafy "Ceiling" In sun-drenched gardens, shade is key. Typical Mediterranean courtyards offer seating areas under trees — such as olives, oaks, citrus, cypress or vines — planted individually or in groups.
An inviting backyard retreat serves as the perfect place for guests to put up their feet and relax. Fully furnished with luxurious seating areas, a fireplace and lounge chairs that look out over a pristine pool, the patio provides the entire home with a grand view and a supreme sense of tranquility. Photos by
Give Your Yard a Boost - With flagstone, you can easily make an outdoor patio in a weekend -- no mortar required. Add potted plants and outdoor seating, such as a bistro set or an eclectic mix of colorful chairs, to create a quaint backyard escape.
Scott and I are planning a pergola for the back yard. I would love mine to be draped with... bougainvillea, white wisteria, and climbing ‘Sombreuil’ and ‘Iceberg’ roses. A weathered dining table surrounded by mismatched chairs provides a peaceful spot for outdoor entertaining beneath the blooms. (Photo: Marion Brenner)