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Landscape Design 438 Stories

How to Create an Unforgettable Garden
What do people see when they come over for a visit? Your garden, as does your house, makes an impression on every one of them. Is the impression good or bad? Memorable or forgettable? If the mere thought of this question makes you cringe, don’t worry;...
The Right Stone for Your Garden Design
Stone has always been a cost-effective hardscape material for all garden styles. In gravel form it has been used in landscapes from the raked Zen...
Smart Plantings Grace a Hillside Garden
Most of landscape architect Pete Pedersen’s projects aren’t eight years in the making — but then again, they’re not his own family’s property. This one is. Starting with a blank hillside, Pedersen designed a lush, inviting landscape that...
An Award-Winning Landscape Embraces Bay Views
Landscape architect Scott Lewis repeats the sentiments of many architects and designers talking about their projects when he says that his favorite part of this project was witnessing its transformation. “I know what it looked like before,” he says. The...
Follow Nature’s Lead for Artful Stacked Stones
Stacking stones is one of nature’s specialties. She does so beautifully, and sometimes with a finesse that can only be described as naturally tongue-in-cheek. Take the hoodoo, for example. Commonly found in desert...
Narrow Trees for Tight Garden Spaces
Many homes, especially those built in the past 40 years or so, have narrow side gardens. These can be a challenge to design, because once the path is in place, there appears to be little room for anything else. As a result, many homeowners cannot get...
11 Design Solutions for Sloping Backyards
We are not all blessed with an open, flat garden. Many of us live in hilly towns or the rolling countryside, and gardens on slopes are the only kinds of gardens we can get. Terraces cut into the incline are probably the most common method for making the...
Ferns: A Shade Gardener’s Best Friend
Shade gardeners seem to have more garden envy than any group of gardeners I know. They drool over dahlias, linger over lantana and swoon over salvias, knowing deep down that these plants would soon meet their demise beneath the shadowy canopy of their...
Living on the Edge of the Wild
Living at the edge of a wide-open ocean vista or a secluded forest is a dream for many people who want to get away from it all. Whether it’s your lifetime home or just a seasonal getaway, here are some tips for living next to wild areas in a way that...
Bring on the Garden Bling With Artful Stainless Steel
The best gardens are those that intentionally engage visitors by offering an element of surprise. The appropriate use of sculpture is an effective way to achieve this. We have all seen the usual array of concrete Asian lanterns, frogs and umbrella-toting...
Modern Garden Designs for Modern Homes
In 1938 Christopher Tunnard — an English landscape architect, a garden designer and the author of Gardens in the Modern Landscape, who was a strong advocate of functionalism in design — wrote, “The modern house requires modern surroundings,...
How to Design a Colorful Flower Bed
A flower bed filled with masses of color to grab your attention, blooming from spring through fall — what could be better in any garden? If what you want is a flower bed filled with masses of the same plant, such as a bed of impatiens or roses, it’s...
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...
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