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

Nov
22
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My Garden: A Garden for Misfit Plants Ever wonder where the leftover or unwanted plants of a design go to pasture? Many of these plants find their way to designer Anna Brooks' Michigan garden, where it’s ok to be a misfit. Read More »
Related Topics: Designers | Midwest | my garden | plants
Nov
20
04:51pm
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My Garden: A Bit of Japan in the Netherlands A penchant for growing Bonsai trees inspires gardener Ramon Smit to create a full-scale Japanese garden Read More »
Related Topics: bonsai | Japanese | my garden | Netherlands
Nov
18
08:50am
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Botanic Notables: Plants of The Hunger Games When The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire opens this Friday, early reviews say the dramatic and subversive storyline will not disappoint its ravenous fans. In anticipation, we pulled this article from our archives as a horticultural hat tip to Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games trilogy. Read More »
Nov
15
10:44am
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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
Nov
13
09:24am
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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 »
Nov
11
09:52am
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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: Green | Modern | Flora Grubb | Vertical Gardens
Nov
08
04:53pm
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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 »
Nov
06
10:11am
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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
Nov
04
04:09pm
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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
Nov
01
04:41pm
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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
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