Landscape Design 352 Ideabooks

Orange in the Garden: Do You Dare?
Orange is perhaps the most contentious color to use in the garden — we tend to either love it or hate it. Yet in gardening it has a very good pedigree. Gertrude Jekyll, a Victorian gardener famed for her skill in the use of color in planting schemes,...
Explore Your Garden Personality: The Extrovert
We gardeners are a diverse crowd. Many of us are introverts, finding joy and solace in communing with nature. The private spaces of introverts tend to reflect their solitary nature, whether they are artists,...
Creating a There, There in the Garden
Author Gertrude Stein is credited with saying, “There is no there there.” She wasn’t referring to a garden, but the saying is recalled by gardeners who desire to realize the full potential of their personal paradises. After you’ve hauled hundreds...
8 Ways to Create a Neighborly Front Yard
Many of us find ourselves living in communities defined not by common acquaintances, knowledge and culture, but by geography or economics. Rather than knowing our neighbors from childhood, we may not know our neighbors at all. To create a sense of community,...
A Great Spring Plant Combo for Dappled Shade
When we think of spring, we immediately picture cherry blossoms, daffodils and primroses, yet there are more ways to celebrate the rebirth of the garden. Take advantage of the dappled light and increased visibility under deciduous trees by combining plants...
Stars and Myths Inspire a Contemporary London Garden
For many gardens the design starts with a problem. The client and designer work through the problem, which the new garden then solves. This garden in London’s Crouch End began with the stars and Antoni Gaudí. Instead of focusing...
Explore Your Garden Personality: The Whimsical Gardener
Gardeners are as diverse as the gardens they create. The best gardens are those that reflect the personalities and passions of those who make them. Some gardeners are true artists,...
Is Your Garden Cut Out for Matisse Inspiration?
Famed French artist Henri Matisse’s cutouts exhibition will be the highlight of the modern art world in 2014. The Tate Modern will be the first to host the show, before it travels to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Then the works will return to private...
Courtyard Comforts Make a Seattle Backyard a Joy
Before Tyler Engle renovated the backyard of this Seattle home, the owners had two ways of reaching their house: climb the 30 or so steps from the street to their front door, or traverse the muddy slope from the back alley to the back door. Engle...
Warm Up Your Home With an Evergreen Windbreak
Planting a windbreak is a commitment to the future, a means of energy conservation as part of a sustainable lifestyle. Yet the rewards are also immediate. Maturing plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and make outdoor spaces more livable year-round....
Nodding to the Coast in a Bainbridge Island Entry Garden
The coastal Pacific Northwest doesn’t conjure scenes of rolling sand dunes or swaying palms quite like sunny Southern California, Cape Cod or Florida does. But coastal is coastal, wherever it is. On Bainbridge Island, Washington, in a neighborhood filled...
Go for Baroque for a Vivacious, Colorful Garden
Why not give your garden a touch of the baroque? The baroque movement is thought to have originated in 17th-century Italy before spreading to the rest of Europe, where it influenced painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature and even garden...
Upgrade Your Front Yard for Curb Appeal and More
Have you lived too long with an entry you don’t love, vowing that this will be the year of the new front yard? Before beginning your project, you’ll want to consider all the elements and how they work in concert to create great curb appeal and...
Gardening for Happy Kids
I grew up in two places: Oklahoma and Minnesota. In Oklahoma we lived on a short hill above a creek, and I’d often seek out that creek to play in. It provided wonder and an opportunity to be imaginative that my office with its acoustical ceiling tile...
A Family-Friendly California Yard Wises Up About Water
Like many American yards, this one in Menlo Park, California, spent much of its life as a lawn. And, as with many lawns in dry climates, it was time to leave this one behind. The homeowner wanted to remove the existing grass in favor of something...
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