Part of the historic Alhambra fortress complex in Granada, Spain, the Palacio de Generalife houses the Sultan's Garden. Lush, orderly, and peaceful, the Sultan's Garden is widely considered the finest example in all of Andalusia of the Persian-style garden.
Love the checkerboard paving - if you were careful about the 'grass' you planted, you wouldn't need to mow (e.g. microlaena, chamomile, thyme, creeping mint, even violas...) I've always loved this idea, but having to continually maintain it put me off. Love the idea of a ground cover that wouldn't need to be mown
What can be done with a small yard, a shed & creativity: A prefabricated shed, customized with French doors & a roof that looks thatched. 2 architectural mirrors create a trompe l'oeil window effect. 4 raised, willow-trimmed beds filled with vegetables & flowers. Plot is just 25 feet wide x 120 feet deep. (Country Living)