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Much of the winter time is spent in darkness, so it seems appropriate to look at some creative winter garden lighting. The snowflakes are festive and are not over-done. Coupled with a small number of string lights surrounding the top tree limb of the natural arbor, the lights give a festive, whimsical feel to a chilly landscape.
Ok, so Atlanta doesn’t get much snow. And having Dale Chihuly sculptures to work with is totally cheating. But this incredible scene shows what is possible with some imaginative lighting and some creative sculptural elements. We hope they were playing some Jefferson Airplane while this event was happening!
This stunning Japanese garden shows how a small bit of color can become amplified when snow blankets the landscape. The beautiful, strong red of the arched bridge projects powerfully on the relatively-colorless surrounding area. It is hard to imagine that a more welcoming winter stroll could be found than through this garden.
The white painted pergola shines brightly against the greenery of the vines that grow upon it. This pergola looks gorgeous and inviting, with some boldly colored furniture to draw the eye into the space. We wonder how they are going to paint this pergola in the future, with the vines all over it!
This stunning modern space has some very interesting horizontal fencing and pergola-like vertical projections. These horizontal boards are being slowly taken over by vines to create a lush green environment, which works very nicely with the weathered wood furniture. We also love the shocking red foliage that stands out from the green and weathered wood!
Lastly, we have a minimalist solitary tree growing in a quiet internal courtyard. This ultra-modern courtyard with white and black walls surrounding it, is serene and beautiful. Featuring three accent lights growing around the base of the tree, and two stories of glass walls looking out on the patio space, the simplicity and elegance of this courtyard is unsurpassed.
Here a tree is surrounded by an unusual heptagonal bench, with the base decking also mimicking the heptagonal design throughout! The tree takes center stage, with plenty of seating area around it, and additional patio furniture thoughtfully placed to create multiple conversation areas.
This image features a tree positioned not in a deck, but rather in a patio with a nice design featuring several different sizes of patio tiles. By creating a defined square space in pleasant harmony with the surrounding tiles, the area around the tree stands out, but blends cleanly with its neighbors. A wind chime making soothing noises would make this space ultra zen.
Here we have a simple tree surrounded by stones, with a deck gracefully curving around both, and moving to the pool area beyond. A stone cairn and soft top gazebo provide shelter. This deck appears to not require any unusual framing, as there is a large base of stones surrounding the tree as a buffer.
This image shows what is possible on a small balcony space. With a couple of suspended wall pieces, anchored to a simple brick pattern, these gardeners created a lush, cozy space for plants where there otherwise would not have been any plant life. The addition of the planter boxes placed on the floor by the balcony rails creates a nice cohesion. With low furniture and pillows placed directly on the floor, this feels quite warm and cozy.
Here is another picture frame garden idea, this much more colorful, with more emphasis on the picture frame in contrast to the hanging plants. By using vibrant colors on the frames, like oranges and midnight blues the greenery of the interior plants really pops against the frame and the simple white wall behind. We also quite like the simple natural pine decking below.