Landscape Design 352 Ideabooks

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 just to feel the cool softness between my toes. In garden design...
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,...
Give Your Garden an Industrial Edge
True gardeners know that their spaces are never really finished. They are in a constant state of flux. Plants sometimes grow larger than the nursery tags lead us to believe, voles devastate a beautiful bed of hostas, an heirloom Japanese maple falls prey...
Mondrian Lives On in Modern Garden Design
Monet gave us wonderful insight into the use of color, transferring his skills with canvas to the gardens of his house at Giverny; Matisse’s collages showed us
15 Ideas for a Children’s Discovery Garden
Playing outdoors provides kids with physical activity and fresh air, encourages a love of nature and creativity, and can even help develop problem-solving skills. But the average big square of grass, while great for soccer matches, doesn’t...
Great Plants for Lush, Low-Water Gardens
If you are dealing with water restrictions, have a lackluster irrigation system or simply want to conserve resources, adding plants that don’t get thirsty is a smart way to green up your outdoor space. Yes, you heard that right; I said “green.”...
Bold Backdrops for Colorful Gardens
When we consider color in the garden, we usually think of plants, furniture and decorative accents such as cushions, candles and garden art. But what about walls? Think of this expansive surface as a blank canvas just waiting for your artistic...
10 Fun Features to Bring Your Landscape to Life
Try something wonderfully unusual — think a moon gate, art-bedecked boulders and colorful trellises — to give your garden pizzazz. Daring to be a bit out of the ordinary can be richly rewarding. Here are 10 head-turning...
8 Elements of Mediterranean Garden Style
One of the richest sources of garden design for hundreds of years has been the Mediterranean garden. Beautiful and pragmatic, the style developed out of the great diversity of Mediterranean history, culture and religion. While the style developed in the...
Explore Your Garden Personality: The Romantic
We gardeners are a diverse, passion-driven crowd. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to us. Some of us are brazen in our approach, utilizing bold colors or rare plants to stake our claim in the world as collectors,...
Grow a Lush Privacy Screen
Having a good relationship with your neighbors is key to enjoying your home, but that doesn’t mean hanging out with them in your outdoor space, unless they’re invited. And while good fences really do make good neighbors, they...
Artful Salvage: Old Doors Decorate the Garden
My local salvage yard is brimming with building materials — lighting fixtures, kitchen cabinets, tile, windows and doors. On a recent trip, I was thinking how I might possibly use one of its old doors as an entry gate for my vegetable garden. The blowsy...
6 Basic Elements of Classic Garden Style
Classic gardens are essentially formal gardens. They are defined by clean geometry, symmetry and crisp lines. With roots in ancient history, they reached their pinnacle in formal French gardens such as the ones at Versailles. While not many of...
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