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

Seen close up and in isolation from the rest of the plant, bark invites comparison to abstract art, providing texture and pattern all year.
The blooms of late summer and much of fall provide plenty of enjoyment before the curtain falls for winter.

The Weekly Notebook

May
21
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6 Cutting-Edge Garden Trends from Australia From glass pool surrounds to modern landscapes, Matthew Cantwell of Sydney-based Secret Gardens shares what’s popular in Australia right now.  Australia Trends »
Related Topics: australia | Design | Ideas | Regional gardening | trends
May
20
11:47am
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The Zen of Rock Balancing As it turns out, you don't need sleight of hand or even mud to design gravity-defying cairns. You do need a bit of patience, though, and a knack for "knowing the rocks," according to Michael Grab, an land artist who has been balancing rocks since 2008. He builds his sculptures with rocks from the natural landscape, usually alongside water. Rock balancing is an internationally recognized craft; Grab has been invited to design ... Read More »
Related Topics: Colorado | environmental art | land art | rocks
Mar
24
10:53am
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Dry Wit: Margaret Joplin's Southwest Hacienda Garden A garden in Patagonia, Arizona, takes the Southwest climate in stride Read More »
Mar
23
10:33am
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A Multifaceted Garden Mirrors the Wealth of Idaho Ecosystems A Zen garden in Sun Valley, Idaho designed by Native Landscapes kept wise water use in mind, as well as wildlife habitat and use of local materials. Read More »
Related Topics: Green | Eco-friendly | water wise
Mar
03
01:29pm
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ASLA's 2012 Best Residential Landscapes Each year the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awards professional awards to the year's best residential landscape designs. We have the winners from this year's competition, from a brilliantly reimagined former rock quarry (above) in Connecticut to a home in Mexico with spectacular outdoor rooms. Read More »
Mar
03
11:32am
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Eat, Play, Lounge See how seven designers created outdoor environments for everything from intimate dining nooks to kidcentric playscapes.  Read More »
Mar
02
10:43am
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Wine Country Gardens These California wineries grow more than just grapes Read More »
Related Topics: Purple | Flower guide | fruits | Great Gardens
Mar
01
08:26am
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Japanese Gardens for Today How to design a garden that is Japanese in spirit and serves contemporary tastes and needs Read More »
Feb
28
09:51am
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Vertical Gardens Vertical gardens have become incredibly popular, with versions created from succulents, air plants, and more, appearing all over the world. We take a look at some of the big names—Patrick Blanc, Flora Grubb, Wooly Pocket, and Michael Hellgren—behind the trend. Read More »
Feb
25
10:06am
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Urban Gardening: All You Need to Know to Get Started In a series of guest posts, San Francisco's Academy of Art University will lend its landscape architecture knowledge to Garden Design. Its second post provides tips on how to build an urban garden.   Read More »
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