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The landscape of Alys Beach works in harmony with the architecture to create exceptional public spaces and intimate courtyard gardens. As with the design of streets and buildings, the landscape is carefully matched to location so that the best features of both nature and town are harmonized.
In the town center the landscapes are more formal, with manicured hedges and container plantings befitting an urban setting. Pedestrian paths are paved with native Florida caprock and parks provide open lawn areas with space to gather and play. A variety of native, edible, and ornamental plants bring color, scale and even food throughout the year. Moving to the north, landscapes transition with the architecture, and incorporate more native plants like beach rosemary and palmetto. Canopy trees help to shelter paths and sidewalks, and calm traffic so that walking and bicycling remain the best way to travel.
Alys Beach’s acclaimed courtyards provide private space in the form of landscaped open rooms. Vines climb the walls, trees filter the sun, and low groundcovers grow between the stone pavers. Pools and fountains add a final touch, with the sound of trickling water making the courts a perfect private retreat. The beauty of these courtyard homes is their anchoring of the structure to the site—embracing the community and natural setting—while offering cloistered and sheltered outdoor spaces enhanced by transitional spaces, archways, and the placement of windows and doorways.