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Landscape Design 410 Ideabooks

Erosion Control for Your Seaside Garden
Living on the beach is fantastic, but it comes with a landscaping challenge: Erosion can occur rapidly in a beach environment. There are several best practices for maintaining your shoreline and coastal garden, however. The ecosystem dynamics that shape...
A Melbourne Backyard Entices Everyone Outside
Andre and Emma Roberts have been in their band, Blue Vinyl Lounge, for 15 years (she sings, and he plays bass). Their fun acid-jazz-funk sound pulls from a medley of musical styles — indie pop,...
How to Design a Great Garden on a Sloped Lot
Frequently we gardeners run up against what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle in our quest to attain a beautiful and functional garden space. So it is with the dreaded sloping lot.
8 New Uses for Your Side Yard
I have written earlier about turning a side yard into a glorious garden room. We all want at least one (or possibly two) of those, right? Life’s...
From Concrete ‘Jail Yard’ to Lush Escape in Brooklyn
The homeowners of a two-story apartment in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood wanted a backyard retreat that was calm and inviting. But that was a tall order, considering the concrete jungle that existed behind the newly constructed dwelling....
Boxwood Alternatives Bring the Chelsea Flower Show to You
With the end of May approaching, I’m looking forward to the Chelsea Flower Show, the highlight of the British gardening year, where top garden designers will once again wow us...
Style and Nature Come Together in a Slovenian Landscape Design
The town of Kranjska Gora, in Slovenia, sits near the Austrian and Italian borders. Traditional wood and stone houses and barns with window grilles, pitched roofs and wood log joints dot the landscape. Alpine peaks, plummeting...
A Spring Walk Through Piet Oudolf’s New Garden in the Bronx
With the blooming of the cherries and crabapple trees, spring is in full spring at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. One of the great excitements of the season is the newest garden, a long herbaceous border called the Seasonal Walk, which was...
Ditch the Ordinary Ditch: Create a Realistic Dry Creek Bed
There are untold numbers of drainage ditches among us that are having identity crises. They have been designed and built as dry creek beds, but they don’t quite measure up. True, they perform the duties of dry creek beds, carrying excess...
Have Your Garden Fountain and Be Water Wise Too
With their delicate movement and melodious splash, water features often become the focal point of a garden. And nothing brings a feeling of coolness and tranquility quite like a pond or fountain. But what about water consumption? In warm climates how...
Give Your Lawn a Taste of the Wild
I’m an Englishman, so a perfectly manicured lawn is set deep within my gardening genes. Rainfall levels and temperate summers of the British Isles allow the grass to mature to a perfect green verdure, making it an ideal climate for lush green lawns....
Sweet Serendipity: Opening to Happy Garden Discoveries
Great gardeners are great planners. However, there is an unknown variable that occasionally interjects itself in our most logical equations, that unpredictable thing called serendipity. It’s defined as luck in the form of a happy accidental discovery,...
Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals
Summer’s heat is not far behind the bursting of spring blooms and windy rains. This summer imagine yourself cooling off by floating in a backyard pool that feels immersed in nature. Natural swimming pools use plants or a combination of plants...
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...
 

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