Four landscape design ideas that you may have never seen before

water feature in garden in Hamburg NY
You can have a waterfall without a pond. The patio in the foreground has a seating area where you can enjoy the plants and water feature. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

When you go on garden walks or visit Open Gardens, it’s nice to just gaze at the beautiful landscapes. It’s also helpful to get new, practical ideas you can use in your own yard. We’ll do both in this article, looking at views from the landscape of Sue and Russell Rich in Hamburg.

When they moved in 25 years ago, there was almost nothing in the yard, but now they are surrounded by beautiful garden beds. They have left an area of lawn so they can play yard games such as croquet and bocce.

A previous article gave us tips from the Riches for edging the lawn around garden beds.

Today we’ll look at their hidden downspout and see other design ideas that you can use in your landscape. You may have seen some of these elements before, but there are four that are probably new to you. (You decide which are the four ideas that are new to you!)

I visited the Riches during the Hamburg Garden Walk last July. We’ll give you more details on garden walks when they are available. See the Gardens Buffalo Niagara site and our Events page.

Garden design ideas

astilbes along fence near tree in Hamburg NY
Perennials that are tall and wide fill out this long bed along the fence. Astilbe thrives in the areas that get some shade from the tree. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
hidden downspot in Hamburg NY
One of the things that fascinates visitors to the yard of Sue and Russell Rich is the hidden downspout. It’s installed under the driveway to send the water into the yard, rather than have the water pool near the foundation. The downspout was routed to the yard before the blacktop driveway was installed. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
smoke bush as focal point
A tree or shrub doesn’t have to be relegated to the background. This large smoke bush fills out its own island bed, creating another area of interest in the landscape. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
vines on back porch
Note how the vines on the sides of the back porch provide height to the area. On the left is trumpet vine and on the right is Dutchman’s pipe. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
playhouse in backyard in Hamburg, New York
Not only is this playhouse fun for kids, it’s a charming addition to the landscape. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

2 Comments on “Four landscape design ideas that you may have never seen before

  1. seeing these images when it is still cold and dreary outside, makes me feel warm inside and anxious to get out in the garden myself.

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