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Landscape Design 426 Stories

Finding the Perfect Home for a New House
There are many things to consider when embarking on the construction of a new home. Great featured ideabooks abound on Houzz containing tips and useful information about building a new home. This ideabook presents advice from the point of view of the...
Lawn Gives Way to a More Natural Lakeside Garden
With an uncommon sense of possibility, award-winning landscape designer Paul Broadhurst transformed a suburban expanse of lawn into a pebbly beach and a naturalistic meadow, reconnecting the landscape with the spirit of its lakefront setting. Broadhurst...
Modern Planting Ideas From a Historic English Garden
In the shadow of one of England’s oldest cathedrals sits Bishopscourt, the home of the Bishop of Rochester. Behind it is a traditional English garden that is being brought into the 21st century. Bishopscourt’s updated design is a revelation, with...
How to Screen a Seaside Garden From the Wind
Coastal landscapes are continuously blasted with wind and salt spray. A nice sea breeze is welcome on a hot summer afternoon, but the wind can give you goosebumps and a real chill at other times of the year. Windscreens create a livable microclimate in...
Dare to Go Gray in the Garden
Gray has become a popular color choice for interior walls, as it combines so well with many colors without overpowering them. It is what is known as a neutral or achromatic color — that is, a color without color. Gray can adapt to colors adjacent to...
Create a Garden That Tells a Story
An exceptional garden tells a story. The story can reflect the personality of its creator or tell about the land from which the garden emanates. A bubbling brook, birds chirping or wind rustling through a stand of ornamental grass begins to tell the verbal...
Outdoor Style: Creative Ways With Classic Concrete
Versatile, strong and readily available, concrete is one of the most widely used outdoor materials. Though it’s sometimes thought of as cold or even dull, its design potential for paths, patios, walls and other features is almost limitless. It can...
Make Your Garden Come Alive With a Sense of Movement
An exceptional garden employs bold and subtle concepts such as rhythm, formal and asymmetrical balance, texture, shape and color to give it a personality. It speaks to its visitors on many levels, both conscious and subconscious. A bubbling...
Meet a Front Yard Designed for Gathering
When you live in a Southern California beach town and an ocean view is right outside your door, it makes sense to turn your front yard into a gathering spot. That was the thinking of Sacha McCrae, homeowner and principal of Living...
8 Backyard Ideas to Delight Your Dog
A dog or dogs happily romping in the backyard is a classic dog-owner dream. Achieving this, though, takes more thought than just sending your dog out in the yard and hoping for the best. Take the time to make sure your yard provides your dog with the...
Artistic Planting Ideas From a Brazilian Superstar
Association football, or soccer, was invented in England, a nation of sport lovers and passionate gardeners, but it is Brazil that gave us Pelé, arguably the finest player in the sport’s history. Brazil also gave us Roberto Burle Marx,...
Wildlife-Sensitive Ways to Light a Coastal Landscape
A well-lit beach garden creates a place for relaxing and listening to the ocean waves in the evening. But artificial lighting disrupts coastal animal behavior in perilous ways, and coastal areas often have outdoor lighting regulations because of the way...
12 Delightfully Different Garden Walls and Fences
You know the usual barriers well — the ones made of wood, brick, vinyl and chain link — but now it’s time to meet their more alternative friends. Here are 12 fences and walls that are creative and functional; they’re barrier solutions full...
When Less Is Really More in Your Garden
I experienced one of those profound aha moments when I came across this quote by Australian architect Glenn Murcutt: “I see simplicity not so much as a disregard for complexity, but as a clarification of the significant.” In this time of internet...
 

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