Flower Garden

Flower Garden

A flower garden landscape design adds variety and color to your outdoor space and can be incorporated into any garden style. The right combination of colorful flowers can accent and complement your home, add a sweet fragrance to your outdoor space, and even attract a variety of wildlife, including butterflies and birds. There are a number of different ways to add this beauty to your landscape design from an untamed, … [Read More]

Herb Garden

Herb Garden

Herb garden landscape design has been an essential part of gardening and outdoor space for thousands of years. Herbs have many different uses, not to mention their beauty and unique fragrances. Integrating a herb garden landscape design into your backyard is extremely simple and requires only a small amount of planning. Types of Herb Gardens Before you can plan your garden, it is a good idea to become familiar with … [Read More]

Perennials

Perennials

A popular component of many outdoor garden spaces is achieved by creating a perennial landscape design, especially those with rustic country garden styles or romantic English gardens. Perennials are plants that continue to blossom each season, giving your flower garden a full, colorful display without the trouble of replanting year after year. There are many different types of perennials. Some of the most common include tulips, the iris, and caladium. … [Read More]

Specialty Gardens

Specialty Gardens

The most beautiful outdoor areas typically incorporate many types of specialty garden landscape designs into the design plan for a diverse and natural appeal that is both inviting and enjoyable. Each garden type brings a different element to your overall design, so it is important to understand the characteristics of each and to plan the locations of these gardens carefully. Fragrant herbs, kitchen gardens, unique rocks and stones, tranquil water … [Read More]

Fine Gardening

Fine Gardening

Fine gardening is a rewarding hobby for millions of individuals around the world and is one of the best ways to create a truly personalized landscape design for your home. There are many different types of gardens, as well as an array of accent features, that can be combined within your outdoor design for a beautiful and enjoyable living area. Water gardens, flower gardens including beautiful bulb gardens, herb and … [Read More]

Swimming Pools

Swimming Pools

Properly done landscape design for swimming pools provides a relaxing and refreshing recreation area for your family and friends. There are endless possibilities for a unique garden design that showcases the beauty of your home. Swimming pools are elegant, fun, and can add a great deal of value to your property. There are many reasons today’s homeowners choose to design their landscape to include a swimming pool. • Swimming is … [Read More]

Pool Shapes

Pool Shapes

With material choices like concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl, the possibilities are numerous for selecting the absolute best size and shape swimming pool for your outdoor space. Our page on choosing the absolute best swimming pool landscape design shapes and sizes will also help you with planning and forethought for your new pool. It’s true that it may be rather difficult to incorporate some of the more unusual shapes of swimming … [Read More]

Front Yard

Front Yard

Front yard landscape design is often considered the most important component of complete home and garden planning. Your front yard is the first part of your home visitors see and may be the only portion of your residence seen by many. Your front yard serves many purposes and should be carefully planned to blend all these uses into a complementary design that brings out the beauty of your home. Include … [Read More]

Courtyards

Courtyards

Many houses are built around an inner courtyard that connects to every room of the house. Courtyards included in the interior design of a home are ideal for a secluded, private outdoor living area but these elegant garden traditions can be recreated in any home, regardless of the layout and size. Planning Your Courtyard If your home doesn’t include a courtyard within the design, you can easily create one with … [Read More]

Landscape Lighting

Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting design is becoming an increasingly popular component of professional landscape design for upscale homes and outdoor living spaces. Outdoor lighting can be integrated throughout your garden using landscape lighting techniques for a functional garden area that can be enjoyed throughout the evening. A well planned lighting design does much more for your home and garden than provide a way to see and enjoy your outdoor space in the … [Read More]

Lighting Techniques

Lighting Techniques

Use these landscape lighting design techniques for creating dramatic effects. The possibilities and uses for outdoor lighting in your landscape design are practically limitless. For the best results, start with a lighting plan that varies the lighting throughout your outdoor space and incorporate these 10 techniques below: Up lighting: One of the most popular landscape lighting design techniques used to highlight or accent distinct plants or accessories in your yard.Spotlight … [Read More]

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchen landscape design is an increasingly popular trend in garden planning, not just in the year round warmth of southern California or Dubai, but in cooler climates as well. Modern outdoor design takes the elegant style of your interior living space and continues it into the yard, creating the same functional living space on the outside. Because the kitchen is an integral part of entertaining at home, many people … [Read More]

BBQ Grills

BBQ Grills

How to select BBQ grills is the topic of this discussion. And it is an important one because the grill is the foundation for beautiful outdoor kitchens and is an integral part of outdoor entertaining. There are a variety of BBQ grills for landscape design available and just as many accessories to make cooking outdoors easier. Whether you plan on grilling for a few friends or hosting an outdoor barbecue … [Read More]

BBQ Accessories

BBQ Accessories

  There are a number of different accessories that can make your outdoor kitchen more functional while adding a decorative touch. Outdoor kitchen accessories are also the best way to blend your landscape with the style of your home. Here’s an important tip: Be sure to purchase your barbeque equipment well before your landscape construction starts to assure that you have your chosen items ready for your landscape contractor to … [Read More]

Fountains

Fountains

Water features are becoming a common trend in high-end landscape designs. Landscape design with fountains, garden ponds with waterfalls, naturally trickling streams, water gardens and other relaxing water features are not only beautiful these elegant accessories are the perfect way to ensure relaxing and peaceful outdoor spaces with a unique and personal touch. Garden fountains can be found in a variety of styles and sizes and are a key component … [Read More]

Water Features

Water Features

The tranquility and beauty of water adds an extra air of elegance when combining landscape design and water features to the outside of your home. The options available to integrate water features into your landscape design are virtually limitless. Before your landscape design, it is a good idea to have a general knowledge of the many different water features that may be included in your outdoor area. Consider the features … [Read More]

Ponds

Ponds

Creating an oasis with landscape design for ponds and water features is an elegant way to personalize your outdoor living area, while adding a touch of serenity to your landscape design. Designs for ponds and water gardens can be incorporated into various garden themes, whether your home boasts an Old World, Tuscan landscape or a charming country garden style design. Careful planning is the first step of creating your outdoor … [Read More]

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Waterfall landscape designs combine the natural calming effect of water with the simplicity of the outdoors and the elegance of modern architecture to create an ideal outdoor living area, no matter what style of home you own. Waterfalls are easily incorporated into virtually any design plan and typically include other water features as well, like garden ponds and fountains, for a more natural appearance. Most waterfall landscape designs descend into … [Read More]

Designing a Backyard Paradise

Designing a Backyard Paradise

Modern backyard landscape design takes the traditional, simple lawn and extends the enjoyable living space of your home into the natural appeal of the outdoors. Today’s outdoor living spaces incorporate all the elements of indoor living, from purposeful living areas to detailed accents, to create a true estate home that is enjoyable throughout. The most important thing to remember when designing your outdoor living space is to blend the look … [Read More]

Creating Functional Patios

Creating Functional Patios

Your landscape patio design is an essential part of an enjoyable and functional outdoor living area. Whether you’re entertaining, sitting by the swimming pool, or simply relaxing by the fire, you’re backyard patio is a prominent feature in your landscape design and can define the usefulness and enjoyment of your outdoor space. Choosing the best patio design for your home requires careful planning and attention to various details. The paving … [Read More]

Sports and Games

Sports and Games

Creating a backyard landscape design that is fun, functional, and stylish is often the most difficult part of planning your outdoor space. Areas for sports and games are important backyard features for many families. Croquet goes back to France during the 1300’s, it was called ‘paille-maille’ which means ball-mallet. It originated as an indoor version of lawn bowling to be played during winter months. Players enjoyed it so much that … [Read More]

Entertainment

Entertainment

A landscape design for backyard entertainment makes your outdoor living space an enjoyable and functional part of your home. Backyard entertaining is often the highlight of the summer season. With the right landscaping, you can create an outdoor haven that promises year-round fun and relaxation for your family and guests. Consider Your Wants and Needs The perfect landscape design is one that caters specifically to the desires and demands of … [Read More]

Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainable landscape design has become the latest fashion in garden trends, it allows eco-conscious homeowners to minimize their environmental impact without sacrificing luxurious outdoor living. A sustainable garden style eliminates chemicals and toxins in the landscape, while reducing the need for nonrenewable resources. From country gardens to modern landscapes, sustainability can be a part of any garden design style by incorporating a few common elements.     Sustainable Vegetation The … [Read More]

Green Walls

Green Walls

Today’s living walls boast entirely new technologies and provide environmental benefits far beyond yesteryear’s ivy-covered homes. A vertical take on green roofs, living walls are both beautiful and functional with a variety of intriguing design options for interior and exterior use. What Green Walls Are All About Green wall construction is much more involved than vertical garden designs of the past. There are two primary types – green facades, which … [Read More]

Water-Wise

Water-Wise

Xeriscaping, a form of landscape sustainability is becoming much more common throughout the nation, however, because it not only protects our limited water resources but is low maintenance and promotes natural, chemical free gardening techniques that are safe for the environment. Xeriscaping is not zero-scaping. A xeriscape landscape design can be full of life and color, and still use 60% less water than a typical outdoor design. The key is … [Read More]

Green Roofs

Green Roofs

Other European countries began to construct green roof systems as well, including Switzerland, where living roofs have been mandatory since the late 90’s, Austria, Sweden, Italy, and in some parts of the UK. Green roof construction has also began in the US as more developers, homeowners, and businesses see the widespread benefits of sustainable design. Types of Green Roofing Living roofs fall into 2 primary categories – intensive and extensive. … [Read More]

Terrariums: Bringing the Beauty of the Outdoors Inside

Once your plants are placed in your terrarium, you just need a little maintenance to keep it looking beautiful and healthy. Remember that because you want to keep your plants small, you should not add fertilizer. Light and water are two essential elements in the success of your terrarium. These little gardens grow and survive well in indirect sunlight and require little watering. Within your home, place the terrarium in … [Read More]

Landscape Design Ideas

Landscape Design Ideas

There are a variety of different landscape design ideas to suit the many different terrains and features that make every yard unique. Whether your challenge is a sloping side yard with a steep grade or a small, urban backyard with limited space, the right landscape ideas and techniques can make the area an outdoor paradise that is perfect for your home and family. Combining just the right landscape ideas for … [Read More]

Great Money-Saving Ideas!

Great Money-Saving Ideas!

Cheap landscaping is entirely possible if you arm yourself with knowledge about how to find deals and how to obtain supplies and accessories for affordable prices. These ideas will prevent your landscaping design project from costing a lot of money. 1. Turn to the Internet. From unique outdoor accessories to heirloom seeds, online retailers and mail order companies often have wider selections than local gardening stores can offer and are … [Read More]

Top 10 Landscape Ideas

Top 10 Landscape Ideas

The right landscape ideas can make any outdoor project a success, whether you’re designing a new outdoor space or preparing for a DIY upgrade. From finding the best landscape design ideas or inspiration to maintaining your dream yard, the landscaping tips and design ideas below will keep you moving in the right direction. Go Green. Green landscaping isn’t as difficult as it sounds. By implementing just a few simple eco … [Read More]