The above plan for a backyard garden shows a broad expanse of turf, broken in the center by a small cement lily pool at each side of which cement or marble seats are placed. Stepping stones lead from the house to the pool, circle it and extend to the little tea house or arbor in the rear. Stepping stones detract less from the apparent size of the lawn than walks, and for this reason, as well as for their picturesqueness, are preferable. Evergreens are a better choice for mass planting about the foundation of the house than deciduous plants or shrubs, as they afford more protection in winter. They may also be used to mass against the rear of the tea house.
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Backyard Design Plan 1
Where the turf is emphasized:
(A) lily pool
(B) ornamental benches;
(C) tea house or arbor;
(D) tall flowering shrubs;
(E) ornamental trees;
(F) low shrubs or perennials;
(G) stepping stones;
Backyard Landscape Design 2
In the next plan, the lawn is left unbroken except for the stepping stones through the center. The planting recedes at the center of the sides to make room for two garden seats overhung by trellises covered with vines. In the rear a little tea room or arbor is placed, and on each side two crescent shaped lily pools for lotus and water lilies are built. If preferred these beds may be planted with low growing plants, and tall shrubs or flowering trees are massed in the rear and corners of the lot. Dogwood, Cercis canadensis, flowering crabs and plums, and laburnums are all excellent selections for this position, while lower growths such as hydrangeas, deutzias, weigelas, spireas and the like may be massed along the side walls with lilies, gladioli and tritomas.
Urban Garden: Backyard Design Plan 2
(A) Summerhouse or pergola
(B) lily or lotus pool
(C) seats with lattice backs and hoods
(D) tall shrubs
(E) ornamental trees
(F) low shrubs or tall perennials
(H) low perennials, annuals or bedding plants
(K) sun dial
(M) stepping stones