See how several designers artfully incorporate fire into landscapes to create relaxing outdoor retreats that are perfect for cozy autumn nights!

For any garden anywhere, there’s a berry to suit the site. Read on to learn more about eight berry-producing plants. 
The blooms of late summer and much of fall provide plenty of enjoyment before the curtain falls for winter.

The Weekly Notebook

Italy: Green Terrace Roof Garden When landscape architect Gabriella Mazzola designed a roof garden for her clients atop a modern residential building in Italy, she understood why they asked for "a green oasis of relaxation.” Her gentle hand with a feel for fine-textured plants creates a remarkable transformation and allows light to penetrate while providing screens for backgrounds and privacy. This space features a dozen great ideas for adding warmth and contrast to cold hard surfaces. Read More »
Related Topics: Italy | Rooftop garden
Botanic Notables: Quintessentially Mediterranean Quercus They're native to the Mediterranean, but for thousands of years Quercus suber, the cork oak has been an orchard tree in Spain and Portugal. It's easy to identify by the thick, deeply fissured, spongy bark which is the source of wine corks. The cork bark builds up over time to a layer up to a foot thick, then it's stripped away for harvest every ten years. Read More »
Vertical Gardens: Slide Show More than 2,000 people “liked” this image on Facebook this weekend. Here’s a look at ten more vertical gardens around the world. Is there a great vertical garden near you? Read More »
Related Topics: Modern | Flora Grubb | Vertical Gardens
Arrangements for All Seasons When you think of floral arranging like cooking, the recipes and flavors are endless. Here’s a recipe for a bountiful and beautiful autumn arrangement from an easy-to-use cookbook of floral design. Read More »
Explore a Tropical Paradise See an amazing collection of palm trees, exotic flowering plants and vines, and lush rain forests at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Read More »
Related Topics: botanical garden | Florida
Let there be Night Daylight saving time may bring an early nightfall, but new lighting techniques and technology transform the great outdoors after dark.  Read More »
Related Topics: landscaping | Lighting
No Duds, Please: Getting Great Fall Color Trees Landscape designer Maureen Gilmer shares tips for selecting trees with bright autumn colors. Learn how to ensure impressive fall color no matter your climate.  Read More »
Related Topics: fall | fall color | Trees
Art + Botany: Designer Pumpkins When leaves rustle and the wind howls, pumpkins become a favored medium for many artists. This gallery features artists with very diverse backgrounds—a musician, a sculptor, a forensic artist, and a farmer—and designs with equally different aesthetics, including pumpkins with flowers, pumpkins with dead musicians, and pumpkins with NYC pride. Check out these elaborate pumpkin carvings from six carvers—they're inspiring, scary, funny, and beautiful! See them all »
Modern Fire for Outdoor Spaces Forget the primeval campfire, and say hello to a modern experience of sitting around an open fire with family and friends. Paloform’s collection of fire pit designs offer sculptural shapes in simple vessels for contemporary settings. Here are seven ways to incorporate one in your backyard. Read More »
Related Topics: Grills and fire pits | products
Designing for Fireside Warmth: Tips for Outdoor Furnishings Now that it is past the autumnal equinox we begin to think of coziness and warmth as the days begin to get shorter and cooler. What better way to do that than with friends, sipping hot cider and devouring S’mores, around a beautiful fire pit or fireplace in furnishings that perform well despite fickle fall weather. Read More »
Related Topics: Fire | Furniture | outdoor furniture
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