Inspirational Garden Ideas for Any Environment

What is your garden style – modern? romantic? Asian? tropical? There are so many unique styles and options to choose from, it’s easy to create and design a garden that will fit your personality, home environment, and taste.

Garden Design Magazine outlined a few of the more popular styles of gardens across the country, and suggested items to go in each of those environments:

  • Japanese Gardens – Bonsai trees, koi ponds, rocks, herbs, stone lanterns, Japanese maple trees
  • Modern Gardens – stone and glass, sculptured plants, boxwood shrubs, pools and waterfalls
  • Mediterranean Gardens – exotic tropical plants, olive trees, urns, sculpted hedges, covered patio
  • English Gardens – flowers, fountains, bamboo and palms, evergreens, pergola
  • Tropical Gardens – tropical plants, Zen rock garden, fens, big/bold foliage, orchids, waterfalls
  • Desert Gardens – plants, agave, cactus, cactus flowers, palo blanco trees, coral plants, large stepping-stone walkways
  • Eco-Friendly Gardens – wildflowers, freshwater ponds, rooftop gardens, native grass, vegetables, water lilies, lotus, ponds

Other ideas for gardens if you don’t have a large outdoor area, live in an apartment, or just want to get started on a smaller scale:

  • Container Gardens    
  • Vegetable Gardens
  • Rooftop Gardens
  • Shade Gardens
  • Flower Gardens

For homeowners, make sure you keep your garden area secured within a fenced yard for safety. ActiveYards has many unique styles of fences that will enhance any type of garden, from protection & privacy to gated & decorative. You can choose from privacy, picket, semi-private, or aluminum. Browse our solution gallery for more ideas for your garden theme.


*Source: Garden Design Magazine; web & photos

Using Color Inside & Outside the Home


In August, Sherwin-Williams selected the color 'Poised Taupe' as the 2017 Color Of The Year, calling that color “classic yet modern and the perfect balance of warm and cool.” Sherwin-Williams also states that this color represents “a modern take on a timeless classic, Poised Taupe signals a new direction in society's ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.” What are your thoughts? Are they on the money, or is Taupe still considered too ‘bland’? White, Taupe, and Tan colors have always been the easy go-to shade for a natural home environment, whether it’s simply keeping walls looking clean and neat, to trying to stay neutral if you are looking to sell your home.

Versatile Taupe is not only beautiful indoors; it can also make a statement outside the home as well. ActiveYards has a variety of neutral, classic, warm, taupe-inspired decorative fence colors to match any taupe-themed outdoor space – be it a house color, a patio setting, or a landscaped yard with brown trees, shrubs and bushes.


ActiveYards Dogwood Harmony Wicker Infill Sand Rails


Browse the ActiveYards collection for inspirational ideas, and find a style that meets your neutral or “taupe-inspired” environment.

Source: Web




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