Backyard design guide

Glam up your backyard with inspiration from these amazing landscaping and design ideas

6 modern garden art designs

What happens when hard (pavement) meets soft (plantings) in your yard? Modern art you can walk on

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Photo by E. Spencer Toy; written by Kathleen N. Brenzel

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Here are even more great ideas for you to choose from to craft your artful look. Moving clockwise, from top left corner of photo:

  • Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood.’ Reddish brown leaves make a smoldering backdrop for pink and gray echeverias. Sun or part shade; zones 1–10, 14–24.
  • Slate. Dramatic, especially in a black, charcoal, or deep jade green shade.
  • Carpet bugle (Ajuga reptans ‘Dixie Chip’). Leaves of green, cream, and rose-purple are topped with violet-blue flower spikes in spring. sun or part shade; zones A2–A3, 1–24.
  • Sedum rupestre   ‘Angelina.’ A chameleon; yellow-green foliage often turns orange at the tips in fall. Sun to part shade; zones 2–24.
  • Black Mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus   ‘Nigrescens’). Leaves emerge green, then turn black. Sun, part shade inland; zones 5–9, 14–24.
  • Flagstone (Buff). Icy overtones.
  • Woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus). Undulating mat of woolly gray leaves is sometimes covered in midsummer with pinkish flowers. Sun, or part shade in hottest climates; zones A2–A3, 1–24.
  • Flagstone (Peach). Bright, like desert sand.
Great pairings: Flagstone (rose) and Blue Star Creeper; slate and Black mondo grass; Dymondia margaretae and flagstone (buff); flagstone (peach) and 'Blue Spruce' sedum.





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