Try Something Different
A checkerboard lawn offers a graphic look.
Just steps from the main house, this tranquil garden cottage in Toronto makes a perfect city retreat. The owners designed this low-maintenance lawn ― made of alternating squares of grass and flagstone ― after they came across a similar rooftop garden in Paris. It's also perfect for entertaining, and large enough to accommodate a tent for summer soirées. Architect Anthony Belcher planted the yard with a tasteful mix of white and green shrubs and perennial flowers, including clipped boxwood hedges, climbing hydrangeas, roses and English ivy. Use your own inspiration to create a unique yard like this.