Let's be real: What do you really need for outdoor summer fun? Not much—a lawn and some sun, and you're nearly there. But in case you're in the mood to class it up, here are ten good-looking summertime diversions:
Are you the kind of person who defines summer by the feel of sand between your toes? In Portugal, an hour south of Lisbon on the Sado River estuary, there's an unusual inn where you can put your feet in the sand whether you're on the beach or in the living room.
An hour's drive north of Houston is magical Peckerwood Garden, with more than 3,000 rare and vanishing plants—including many desert specimens that architecture professor John G. Fairey brought home from Mexico during more than 80 plant-collecting expeditions:
We all have an idea about Greece and there is bound to be something ancient in it. Yet visiting can be so different from imagining. In landscape architect Thomas Doxiadis' version of Greece, new angles combine with ancient contours.
In a North Sea beach town just south of Amsterdam, you will find a stylishly outfitted beach hut (hammock included) waiting for you. Or for us. While we feverishly try to dream up an excuse to host a Gardenista retreat there, we've sleuthed the elements to create the look.
What Greek gardeners know: a Mediterranean climate requires you to embrace extremes. It's no wonder the classic Greek garden is designed, first and foremost to stand up to the elements. With these tips, yours can too:
The California natives and ornamental grasses in DIY planters on my houseboat stand up to the salty sprays, heavy winds, and occasional fog banks that settle over the water. They may be the ultimate container plants: