Ideas

Ideas
From our garden to yours, we share inspiration from around the world for gardens big and small.
This modern roof terrace in Italy is an oasis of relaxation designed by landscape architect Gabriella Mazzola
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.
From a “forest floor” to the canopy of trees, this secret outdoor room provides deep shades of green
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In anticipation of Mockingjay opening in theaters this Friday, we pulled this article from our archives as a horticultural hat tip to Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games trilogy.
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In the face of droughts, flooding, poor soils and harsh winters, this verdant garden in central Poland still thrives thanks to a determined gardener named Joanna. Boasting hundreds of varieties of plants, this small but hearty garden shows even when the odds aren’t particularly in your favor, a little experimenting and resilience goes a long way.
Rows of pleached crabapple trees and a restrained color palette of whites and muted tones provide a natural yet dramatic garden for a Japanese-style cottage in England.
A barren backyard is transformed into an ornamental pond and garden boasting with koi and other aquatic wildlife. Surrounding the pond is an assortment of fruit trees that are quenched with nutrient-rich water from the pond itself.
From the authors of Bizarre Botanicals, here are some creepy plants to try for Halloween.
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Autumn is here and, in certain parts of the U.S., the nights become cool; and the sun, being lower in the sky, throws a vivid spotlight on trees and shrubs as they change into their cloaks of color. To celebrate this time of year, Jan Johnsen provides ideas for creating alluring autumn gardens.
Related Topics: Ideas | autumn | fall color | Garden Inspiration
Owners Brandon and Melissa took their interest for unique, sick, and unwanted plants, and turned 4 acres of mixed forest into a sanctuary for garden castoffs. Read the story on how their little business was sprung, now populated with over 1,000 species of plants.
Would you spend more time in your garden if you had adequate lighting? Many may not think of the importance of lighting while planning out a landscape design. Safety, along with the ability to use outdoor spaces after dark are two main reasons designers recommend adding lighting to the plan. Lighting provides the option to dine al fresco, highlight your favorite tree, or to simply not trip down the stairs.
When taken to the extreme, modern landscaping sometimes seems cold or uninviting. Yet modern design’s emphasis on crafting an organized space and respecting unadorned materials has the potential to create a setting which feels not only friendly and inviting, but also personalized and artful. Designer Colin Miller of Envision Landscape Studio in Walnut Creek, California, shares tips on designing a contemporary landscape that is suited to the welcoming indoor-outdoor lifestyle modern gardeners are trying to create.
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Meant to delight and appeal to your own personal taste, cottage gardens will bring romance and color into even the smallest of spaces. Jan Johnsen gives seven tips to create an enticing cottage garden without the need for a passport.
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