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Landscape Design 415 Ideabooks

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...
9 Ways to Make Your Yard More Fun for Kids
Play is at the heart of childhood, and an inspiring outdoor play area can give children many hours of enjoyment. But what if your garden is compact? Maybe you would like to avoid having a playset that takes up precious yard space, or you don’t...
A Modern Backyard Trumps the Texas Heat
What a bungalow may lack in square footage, it makes up for in efficiency, functionality and simplicity. For the backyard renovation of a 1927 Houston bungalow, designer Brett Zamore...
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...
 

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