Landscape Design 406 Ideabooks

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...
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...
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