3783 Outdoors Ideabooks

How to Give Your Garden More Soul
I don't want to start an argument, but that's inevitable when you talk about the subject of soul, especially in music. Marvin Gaye, of course, had soul. Robin Thicke doesn't. What's a soulful garden? It's expressive of you and your family. It's authentic,...
8 Modern-Day Moats That Float Our Boats
Water in the garden is magical; even more so when it's adjacent to the house, requiring us to cross it to reach the front door. Maybe the magic comes from childhood stories of castles and moats, but moats certainly don't exist only in castles. Traditionally...
Make Your Roses Even More Beautiful With These Companion Plants
Companion planting simply means that some plants can, and should, be planted together to create a beautiful and healthy garden. When choosing companion plants for your roses, opt for ones that have the same sun and water requirements first, and then choose...
Easy Ways to Manage Stormwater for Lower Bills and a Healthier Earth
If the crankcase in your car's engine leaked, you’d probably do something about it. Same goes for parts in your shower. But have you paid attention to what might be leaking off your property when it rains? In the dark ages of subdivision design,...
Great Lakes Gardener's March Checklist
Great Lakes gardeners have much to see and do in March. Meteorological spring begins March 1; the sun is warmer, so any snows that do come won't last long. The little blooms of early spring defiantly flaunt their colors in the face of wind, frost and...
California Gardener's April Checklist
Yep, it has been another dry winter for California, the second in a row — from San Diego, 40 percent below normal rainfall, to Eureka, 20 percent below. You know the story if you've been around California for a while in the last 35-plus years. We've...
Hens Nest in Style in a Modern Nevada Coop
“Designing for chickens isn't much different than designing for people," claims designer Jen Dalley. When Dalley decided to host a small flock in her Ely, Nevada, backyard, she used...
How Low Can Hedges Go? Discover Unusual Garden Borders
People may have different ideas about what makes a hedge, but I see it as a linear planting kept regularly trimmed, compact and impenetrable, or consisting of naturally compact shrubs that require little or no clipping to maintain a continuous barrier....
Skip the Brick for a Statement-Making Chimney
While their main function is to provide ventilation, chimneys do double duty when they’re elegant architectural statements. Standing tall and prominent on the exterior, they add visual interest to a home and — when covered in a complementary...
Beat the Frost With Natural Terra-Cotta Containers
As the first frost blackens the summer bedding in our pots and containers, thoughts may go to replanting for the spring with hardy bedding plants and spring-flowering bulbs. It’s a good time to think...
Patio of the Week: A Cozy Backyard Escape Warms Seattle Gardeners
This Seattle couple has more passion for gardening than they do for sports, so they replaced a full tennis court on their property with a vegetable garden, greenhouse and tool shed with a living roof. Located close to Discovery Park in Seattle, the garden's...
Let's Revisit Some Revolutionary Garden Thinking
I grew up in the 1950s, and I remember our garden as being typical of the period: composed of a central lawn surrounded by borders and a vegetable patch with fruit trees at the back — a result of the U.K.'s "Dig for Victory" campaign of the war years....
A Playhouse Grows in Brooklyn
Blessed with a big backyard in Brooklyn, New York, this family of three took advantage of their lush urban oasis. They had the gardening part under control, but they wanted a bug-free space where kids and adults could play. Although the clients...
Top 10 Plants for Minimum Effort and Maximum Impact
All gardeners have their favourite easy-care plants, but finding those that also look good can be a lot more difficult. Professionals call them good performers – plants that are big on interest but need little care. Of course, all plants do better...
Lush Garden in the Las Vegas Desert
The desert landscape of Las Vegas is tough: Water is at a premium, and the soil is poor. Luckily for this couple, their property abuts conservation land that provides a canopy of shade over their backyard, and they found landscape architect Jonathan...
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