Dress up a stock fence
Lynn Karlin

Fence Facelift

Stock fencing goes quickly from "who cares" to "who knew" when you add inexpensive concrete finials from your local garden center.


Bench set in a cool spot in the garden
Lynn Karlin

Made in the Shade

Create visual breathing space in your garden with a wooden bench set under shady trees where it's always cool.


Succulents in a planter
Lynn Karlin

Foolproof Plants

Rather than fill a difficult-to-reach planter with water-thirsty plants, go with low-maintenance succulents.


Mown grass in circles
Lynn Karlin

Mowing Magic

Why have a plain lawn when you can mow a pattern into it? It's really simple. There's no measuring, no planning -- just start at the center and walk in a circle pushing the mower!


mahogany porch floor
Lynn Karlin

Porch Flooring

Mahogany is an unexpected rich-looking, easy-maintenance, and surprisingly affordable covered porch flooring option.


mahogany porch floor
Lynn Karlin

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Windows found in an old barn were reinvented as doors leading from inside the shed to the glass greenhouse. Craigslist is a great place to look for such treasures.


black patio furniture
 Roger Foley

Easy Update

Interior designers know that a bit of black completes any room. Seems to work just as well outside!


garden framing the home
Roger Foley

Frame It

Before turning a shovel of dirt, spend time viewing your garden from all angles to create powerful focal points like this arched view of the fountain.


potted plant in the middle of the garden
Roger Foley

Containers

Adding a "hard" element like this terra-cotta container stops the eye from wandering across a sea of plants and helps define the garden's framework. It works in borders, too.


potted plant in the middle of the garden
Roger Foley

Unexpected Accents

Your garden doesn't need to be laden with fabulous ancestral antiques -- just things you love. That said, a little restraint goes a long way, like this subtle bucket turned fountainhead.


stepping stones
Roger Foley

Stepping Stones

No one wants to spend money on them, but stepping-stones do help avoid compacting soil while pruning and weeding, so invest here. They are sold by the pound or piece-by-piece at home-improvement centers.


Uplit plants
Roger Foley

Outdoor Lighting

One of the least expensive ways to add garden drama is to illuminate plants with uplights that can be installed in stages as budgets allow.

Keep in mind that repeating the same arched element throughout the garden (keep it interesting by mixing up the materials) is a great insider trick for unifying separate garden rooms within the same space.


Planting annuals in your garden
Roger Foley

Summer Annuals

Annuals have lost favor in recent years, but it's hard to have a midsummer garden without them. We favor cleomes, ageratums, zinnias, amaranths, and heliotropes.


Planting annuals in your garden
Roger Foley

Climbing Plants

Choose a climbing rose like "The Fairy" for porch railings. Avoid rampant growers that can overwhelm or damage metal and woodwork.


Planting annuals in your garden
Roger Foley

Aromatic Selections

Site aromatic plants like this lavender "Provence" where people are most apt to brush them when passing by. Sounds obvious, but have you done it? Thought not!


Planting in a daybed
Roger Foley

Secondhand Style

At yard sales and flea markets, keep an eye peeled for interesting shapes that can be reimagined and reworked like this antique daybed made up with a "quilt" of potted sedums.


Planting in a daybed
Roger Foley

Plants in Training

Thin cables attached to the building with hook-and-eye fasteners and turnbuckles provide a nearly invisible support system for training roses. Consider using weather-resistant marine hardware.


Using local materials in a garden
Roger Foley

Shop Near Home

Using local materials (here, crushed shells) helps the enviornment, saves money, and adds regional flavor.


Topping a table with seashells
Roger Foley

Outdoor Decor

Decorate your outdoor rooms with items from your personal collections, such as shells displayed tabletop.


Vine woven through a fence
Roger Foley

Winding Vines

Leave nature alone to do its thing. Let vines wind through a fence to soften and enhance. This is bougainville 'Barbara Karst.'


Green Moroccan tiles
Roger Foley

Start Here

Don't know where to begin? Find one inspiring detail -- the green Moroccan tiles that circle the patio launched this landscape -- and take it from there.


Neighbors trees grow over the fence
Roger Foley

Borrowed Landscape

Neighbors have something good going on? Incorporate it into your landscape, as with these trees spilling over the wall.


garden labyrinth
Roger Foley

Add Magic

Why not a labyrinth (or tree house or outdoor shower)? It's your world. Live in it!


garden labyrinth
Richard Warren

Pergola Breezeway

The wisteria-draped pergola acts as a shady tunnel contrasting with the open and bright garden beyond.


Spruce-blue garden gate
Richard Warren

Paint Picks

Spruce-blue paint (think of it as a neutral) picks up tones in the bluestone paving below and looks nice with almost any paint.


Bluestone garden path
Richard Warren

Simple Transition

A new "room" can be created with a change in flooring. Here a path of fine bluestone shifts gears into rustic gravel.


Garden from above
Richard Warren

Look Down

Remember to look down from an upstairs window when designing a garden. This is where you'll best appreciate the overall plan.

Making an island works to slow down foot traffic in the garden. It's a especially good solution for a long narrow site like this.


colorful garden entrance
 Roger Foley

Garden Entrance

Here two different plants -- clematis and beech -- both in the same bold red hues mark the entrance to this secret garden. A great idea for any garden.


Mayan hammock on a porch
 Dominique Vorillon

Furniture Alternative

In a place where furniture must be stored for winter, this Mayan hammock is a sensible, and comfortable, option.


Pinon pines as windbreakers
 Dominique Vorillon

Reduce Bills With Trees

Consider positioning trees as a windbreak. These pinon pines thrive in the rocky clay soil and provide height and structure. Trees planted as windbreaks can reduce home heating bills by 25%.


Pear tree garden allée
Roger Foley

Train Them Well

Ten flowering pear trees were coaxed over a metal arch to make this striking garden allée.


pyramid shaped boxwoods
 Roger Foley

Power Pyramids

These Japanese boxwoods are shaped to mirror the roof peak.


Terrace covered in pea gravel
 Roger Foley

Terrace Flooring

The owner spreads a 3/8 inch layer of pea gravel on her terrace floor for easy walking.


Plants grown in pea gravel
Roger Foley

Wild Plants

Keep a wild touch in a formal garden by allowing plants to grow to seed where they choose, like these verbascum in pea gravel.


Plants grown in pea gravel
Roger Foley

Divide and Conquer

A long, narrow plot offers a super opportunity to create multiple distinct outdoor rooms in a small space.


A mirror in a garden
Roger Foley

Mirror, Mirror

Placing a mirror in the garden (the one shown here hangs on a garage wall) makes any space seem larger.


A mirror in a garden
Roger Foley

Hedge Fund

Don't buy into boxwood's bad reputation for high maintenance. This owner only trims hers twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.


Bougainville vine on stucco wall
Ray Kachatorian

Soften Lines

Hard lines love soft plants. Imagine this fireplace without the Bougainville and it's just another tall blank wall. One $20 vine was all it took.


metal garden sculpture
 Ray Kachatorian

Finish the Thought

Draw visitors in by placing a strong visual element, like this metal sculpture, at a path's end. A bench or specimen plant will work, too.


Wise investment garden furniture
Ray Kachatorian

Buy Wisely

Invest in the best furniture you can afford. Try to avoid basic plastic -- it doesn't last and cheapens everything around it.


Waterproof armchairs
Ray Kachatorian

Decorate Outdoors

Connect the inside of your home to the outside with pieces like these waterproof armchairs. For similar ones, look at Restoration Hardware.


Garden furniture clustered close together
Steve Gunther

Get Cozy

Space garden chairs and benches no more than 8 feet apart from one another for easy conversation.


succulents under a table
 Steve Gunther

Succulent Surprise

This owner planted a colony of succulents under the table for a delightful surprise to be seen through the glass top.


plants around garden pavers
 Steve Gunther

Fun Underfoot

Spreading ground covers -- here, 'Elfin' thyme -- add instant patina to new pavers. Try Stepables for durable plant choices.


Gravel covering in a garden
Steve Gunther

Light Up and Look Down

Forget bright orange flowers! A simple palette of ferns, flowering maple, hydrangeas, and anemones is luminous and lovely.

Substituting gravel for flagstone makes this tiny space seem larger. A layer no deeper than 1 inch works best for comfortable walking.


Pilaster fragments as flower bed edgers
Steve Gunther

Bed Edging

Bricks are classic, but salvaged items like the pilaster fragments (at left) add texture and scale to the edge of a bed.


garden angels
Steve Gunther

Angel Flight

Using invisible strands of clear monofilament finishing line attached to sturdy branches is the trick here.


Arch with blooming vines
Steve Gunther

Take Two

Layering two different blooming vines on one arch extends the wow factor over a longer season.


Arch with blooming vines
 Steve Gunther

Simple Math

Use multiples of each plant to create high-impact drifts and masses. This owner groups them in threes and fives.


homemade garden furniture
Luca Trovato

Go Homemade

This garden furniture came from a backyard builder instead of a "big box" store, so it's unique to the garden.


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