Learn the Secret to Bigger and Better Roses

Grow beautiful roses using both ordinary and unusual soil amendments. I’ve had a love affair with roses since I was a little girl, when I used to help my dad take care of the rosebushes in our Southern California front yard. Now that I have my own garden with more than 40 rosebushes, I’ve learned…

Where to Save Money on a Landscape Renovation

These 10 cost-saving ideas from professionals can help you stretch your budget without sacrificing style or quality. As with any large-scale renovation, the costs of a landscape remodel can quickly add up. With the right design moves and decisions to stretch your budget, you can pull off the look and feel of your dream garden…

How to Plan Your Edible Garden

Plan before you plant to ensure that your fruits and vegetables have a chance to thrive Whether you’re starting a new garden or returning to a well-established one, planning is essential for a successful and fun experience. To give your garden the best chance to thrive, take time to get organized at the beginning of…

Rot-Resistant Woods for Your Outdoor Projects

No need for chemical treatments on your deck or pergola. These woods stand up to weather, insects and time beautifully on their own. Natural wood is a lovely choice for adding warmth and texture to garden structures like raised beds, fences, decks and trellises. Much lumber is chemically treated to prevent it from rotting. However,…

10 Trees Landscape Designers Love

In honor of Arbor Day, consider adding a beautiful and beneficial tree species favored by designers around the country. Consider how beneficial planting a tree can be. Trees shade and cool our homes and streets, helping to mitigate the heat island effect and reduce reliance on air conditioning and other energy consumers. Trees also provide…

Shade Structures and Seating Combos to Inspire Your Patio Setup

These shaded seating arrangements are ready for summer entertaining Not only do shade structures offer a welcome respite for sunny patios, they also provide the opportunity to make a stylish statement in the landscape. Paired with complementary furnishings, climbing vines and garden accents, these shaded outdoor areas can feel just as inviting — or more…

Essentials for Outdoor Entertaining

As you ready your patio or deck for the warmer months, consider these items to enhance your time outside Whether you’re a new homeowner setting up your outdoor space for the first time or in the midst of downsizing — or you’re just hoping to streamline your outdoor setup — this guide is a good…

Tips for Beginning Gardeners

With a simple sketch, basic tools and the right plants, you’ll be on your way to growing your first flowers or edibles The rewards of gardening are great — fresh air, exercise, beauty and relaxation, to name a few. But starting your very first garden can feel like an overwhelming task. Luckily, gardens are surprisingly forgiving creations,…

Design Moves That Give a Flat Yard More Depth or Height

Sunken patios, stacked beds, berms and other features add interest to outdoor spaces. Rises and dips in a landscape’s topography can draw the eye, creating a dramatic, dynamic view. Many of us, however, contend with an almost flat garden plot since the typical urban or suburban lot doesn’t feature much in the way of level…