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Landscape Design 432 Stories

Brick is one of the most popular choices for home exteriors in the U.S. For many, the Georgian home, with its brick exterior, grand scale and formal lines, personifies the American dream. Typically, a Georgian home has foundation plantings of boxwood....
The Garden Edge: Rethink Your Garden Pathways
With careful planning and planting, your garden pathways and borders can be transformed from ordinary thoroughfares to dynamic spaces that can make a statement and excite the senses. Here are my favorite tips for planting a garden border that’s easy...
Dream Spaces: A Secret Garden of Your Own
I’ve been hooked on the idea of a secret garden ever since reading the novel The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and seeing the 1993 film adaption starring Maggie Smith and John Lynch. Many of us, unfortunately, don’t own a...
Relax and Reflect in a Blue Landscape
“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight,” wrote Victorian art critic John Ruskin. And, indeed, surveys reveal blue to be among the most popular favorite colors. What makes it so well liked? Perhaps the range of...
Plant Your Steps for a Great Garden Look
Steps may be the quickest way up or down garden slopes, but that doesn’t mean they have to be mundane or just about utility. Minimalist designs might call for clean outlines of pristine stone and concrete, but in some gardens, especially traditional...
Unify Your Garden With a Common Thread
As humans we seek to understand ourselves, our environment and our world. Designers, writers, artists and philosophers, past and present, realize that we frequently need help to process our world in an attempt to understand it. We instinctively look for...
How Brick Fits Into Today’s Gardens
Leaning against a brick garden wall warmed by the autumn sun, I pondered whether this ancient building material has a place in contemporary garden design. Is it a relic of traditional gardens? Brick has been a favorite material for gardens for centuries,...
A Dynamic Backyard Design Embraces Its Urban Setting
During the first eight months Erica Taggart and Cory Eicher lived in their Brooklyn Heights, New York City, home, their backyard experienced the homeowner’s equivalent of Newton’s first law: A neglected yard will remain unused until acted on by an...
Get a Mediterranean-Style Garden Even Far From the Sea
What comes to mind when I say, “Mediterranean style”? I think of clear blue skies with distant vistas; warm air scented with sage and lavender; a certain...
Beautiful Noise: How to Create a Symphony in Your Garden
Our gardens can be our best teachers. We learn about ourselves and our world from them. Our only prerequisite for this course is our ability to open our senses to the wealth of sights, aromas, textures and sounds that gently engulf us. Even...
Get an Edge: The Best Border Material for Your Garden
It’s a funny thing, garden edging. When it looks good and works well, you barely give it a second glance. But when you’re trying to mow the lawn and you’re not sure where the grass ends and the garden begins, it can drive you to distraction....
Good Fences, Good Neighbors — and Good Views
Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost instructed. Good fences can make even better neighbors when they keep the vistas and sight lines open, even as they establish a boundary. The fences below masterfully set property or area limits while maintaining...
Small Gem Lawns: More Impact From Less Grass
Backyard lawns often have been the background music in the garden, the understated foil to flower borders, trees and shrubs. Today, however, people are rethinking the notion of the sprawling, wall-to-wall, nondescript lawn. Not...
10 Simple Ways to Personalize Your Front Entry
You can make your front yard a welcoming prelude to your house any number of ways, from simple outdoor decor to architectural features. Potted plants provide bursts of color, outdoor furniture is inviting and neighborly, and a range of landscaping...
Pretty Trees for Patios, Paths and Other Tight Spots
People have grown trees in their gardens since ancient times. But as gardens become smaller and more valuable as outdoor living spaces, is there still room for a tree? I know from living with the smallest of garden spaces that whether or not to plant...
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