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Landscape Design 396 Ideabooks

Get Your Garden Moving for a Magical Mood
A truly spectacular and deeply satisfying garden, no matter how simple it appears to be, is designed with multiple layers of interest. In fact, the appearance of simplicity may be deceiving. The Saturday-morning DIY shows will tell you about flower color...
Touches of Grandness for the Garden
There’s more to landscaping than lawns and foundation plantings. Get inspired by formal garden traditions and incorporate a neatly trimmed hedge, striking symmetrical garden or whimsical topiary into your yard design. Here are...
Good Read: ‘Landscaping Ideas That Work’
Good landscape design doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple moves, like adding a sandbox that invites kids to explore outside, creating an alluring outdoor room with foliage or turning an eyesore of a driveway into a visual delight with planting,...
8 Reasons to Plant a Great Tree
What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than by planting a tree in your garden or on a neighborhood street? Trees help mitigate heat-island effects by providing shade for streets and parking areas, add to the value of a property, provide habitat, cool...
There’s a Party in the Backyard, Says a Houzz Landscaping Survey
Hey, did you see the weather report for this weekend? We should totally have a party in my backyard. Invite everyone you know! Bring comfortable shoes, though, because I don’t have chairs, and sitting on the rock-strewn ground kind of hurts....
Garden Color: Lighten and Brighten With Yellow
During the flower-power days of the 1960s, Donovan sang about “being mad about saffron” in his hit song Mellow Yellow. Are we still mad about yellow in our gardens, and can it be mellow? Nature commonly uses yellow, with spring flowers like...
Create Garden Mystery With a Zigzag Path
Bed and pathway lines are important to how we view and navigate our gardens. A good garden designer will employ these shapes to influence moods and to dictate how and how quickly we move through a garden. Straight paths are utilitarian, moving people...
15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard
The lawn has enjoyed decades of popularity, and while there are still plenty of things to love about a great lawn, that expanse of green can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth. Check out these...
6 Ways to Harmonize Different Home and Garden Styles
Eclecticism in designing a garden is trickier than it seems. Combine several styles or elements together, and the risk of nothing standing out is great — as is the risk for, well, a cacophonous mess. But what if your house is one style, and...
Unifying and Beautifying a Washington Island Landscape
Tish Treherne, principal of Bliss Garden Design, creates beautiful landscapes for a living. But this project on Bainbridge Island, Washington, was a particular labor of love, since it’s her own home. “The former homeowners,...
Evoke Mystery and History With Moss in the Garden
Moss grows naturally in damp environments, carpeting forest floors and covering decaying tree stumps and boulders in a rich layer of green velvet. Its presence evokes a sense of tranquility, and it is so tempting to touch that I want to walk barefoot...
9 Imaginative Ideas for Industrial Rebar in the Garden
There is a part of me that takes great delight in using ordinary things in unintended and unexpected ways. I enjoy the puzzled looks on the faces of store clerks when they ask about my current project. Consider rebar. Short for reinforcing bar, rebar...
Geometric Designs Keep Plants in Line
We have always been taught to plant in groups of odd numbers, threes and fives and so on, and to create natural-looking drifts that ebb and flow into one another. But what if we choose not to? What if we’re stricter in the ways we plant, using even-numbered...
Spring Garden Ideas From Colonial Williamsburg
You can step back in time in Colonial Williamsburg, an interactive living history site that served as the capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780. Named in honor of William III, King of England, and designed by Royal Governor Francis Nicholson,...
 

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