Kielian's garden in Montana. As far as outdoor rooms go, Kielian is the queen. She has a potting shed/greenhouse that you could live in, with a gorgeous seating area right outside, plus a beautiful western house with a spectacular back deck and front porch, all perfectly done. It's wonderful. I photographed her garden for the magazine a couple of summers ago, and wish I had the photos of the living areas. This isn't just a garden lead. The house has a wealth of possibilities, as well. It's a big stone and rough wood house they designed themselves, with some South American influences.
The hook: Color all season long with a balance of shrubs, perennials, and annuals, in a tough climate. Plus gorgeous resting spots throughout where you can enjoy the garden at leisure.