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Bulbs, bulbs, bulbs…..it is time to plant your bulbs!

Spring-blooming bulbs are one of the easiest flowers to plant and grow. You just dig a hole in fall, stick in a bulb, wait 5 or 6 months and enjoy the show in spring. Most bulbs need cold rather than cool days and nights in...

Planting a fall vegetable garden

Fall vegetable gardening can offer fresh cool-season vegetables through the fall season with some season extension measures. Fall vegetable gardening can be just as rewarding as spring and summer gardening. Any cool-season vegetable suitable for spring can also be grown in the fall. The spring...

10 New Ideas For A Secret Garden Nook Designed Just For You

In turbulent times, what could be more soothing than to carve out a secluded spot in your garden in which to relax alone or with a loved one, or to entertain friends? These clever screening ideas ensure that it won’t feel as if the neighbors...

FIVE WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR BACKYARD

Warm temps and ample sunshine have us dreaming of spending summer days—and nights—in the open air. Here are five of the most luxurious ways to do it. Gloster Cradle Daybed The inspiration: “I wanted to make a small hideaway,” says Henrik Pedersen of the Cradle daybed,...

Pop-up gardens burst with ideas for backyard vacation

It’s time for a little summer getaway to a beautiful, relaxing spot. There’s no need to pack a bag: Just step out the back door into your own garden. Going on vacation in your own backyard may not sound very adventurous, but it’s actually a...

10 Outdoor Seating Ideas To Sit Back And Relax On This Summer

However big or small your outside space and whatever your taste and budget, there is an alfresco seating option perfect for you. But with so much choice, where to start? Perhaps you’re looking for a spot for an evening drink à deux, a place to lounge...

How to keep hardscapes looking their best even years later

The popularity in outdoor living spaces often means an increase in hardscaped areas in a landscape, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that these sections are now maintenance free. Just as you’ve had to iterate to clients that low-maintenance plants do not mean no maintenance, hardscapes still need care to...

Planning a garden party? Seven quick fixes to make it look fabulous

Balmy late summer evenings sipping cocktails in the garden, lazy lunches dining al fresco – sounds idyllic doesn’t it? But while August may be the time of year when many of us like to use our garden as an “outdoor room”, it’s also the very...

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas and Designs for Your Beach House

Warm summer days belong to the beach – to playing in the sand, soaking up the sun, and splashing in the surf – but breezy summer nights? Well, those belong to chasing sunsets, dining al fresco, and cozying up under the stars with a cocktail … or two....

Get This Look: Pump Up Your Patio for Summer With These 7 Design Trends

 The inside of your home might look a-maz-ing, but your flair for decor shouldn’t stop at the door—especially if outdoor entertaining is on the menu this summer.Bland patio decor with mismatched, threadbare furniture isn’t going to take your parties to the next level—and it certainly isn’t on...

Top Landscape Trends for 2017

Perfectly manicured lawns and spaced flower beds are giving way to native grasses and earthy, simple looks. Natural beauty is where it’s at for landscaping design this year. Not only are natural landscapes easier on the pocket book, they require less time and are easier...

Trends in Outdoor Kitchens

Interest in outdoor kitchens continues to grow at a robust pace, with designs often continuing the theme of the indoor space and incorporating grills, pizza ovens, refrigeration and cabinetry. AUTHORS Jamie Gold Snyder Diamond has been selling outdoor kitchen products for more years than many readers...

Style your patio to match your interior

For some folks, a few white plastic chairs around a fire ring are all it takes to spruce up the patio for maximum use and enjoyment. Others, including Anne LoCascio of Elgin, want the aesthetic they created indoors to carry through to the outdoors. LoCascio...

91 Outstanding Outdoor Decor Ideas

Sometimes there’s nothing better than kicking back in your living room with the air conditioning blasting and nary a mosquito in sight. But you can’t spend the entire summer indoors. If you create a space outside that’s perfect for relaxing, soaking up a few rays,...

Try These 5 Upgrades for the Perfect Shaded Getaway

 It’s time to throw open your doors and enjoy life alfresco. We’ve got 42 upgrade ideas for turning even the simplest patio, porch, or deck into an inviting open-air retreat 1. Choose Patio Pavers PHOTO BY ED GOHLICH Paver, pebble, concrete—the patio material matters. Here, landscape...

4 Landscaping Ideas for a Small Backyard

Sometimes, good things really do come in small packages. Having a compact yard means less maintenance and lower plant costs, and it doesn’t necessarily require you to sacrifice your vision of the perfect yard. In fact, Cassy Aoyagi, president of Los Angeles-based firm FormLA Landscaping, urges homeowners...

Front-yard patios spark socializing on this block

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — Want to make your neighborhood friendlier? Consider adding a front-yard patio … some pavers, a few plants, a couple of comfy chairs — and, voilà! — instant summer socializing. That’s the way it seems to be working in one St....

It’s already time to plan your fall vegetable garden

Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning your fall vegetable garden. Really. Time waits for no gardener, especially when it comes to the fast-flying days of summer. If you want to keep harvesting fresh vegetables long after other gardeners are relaxing on the...

Inspire an outdoor transformation

Consider your deck or patio: the epicenter of outdoor entertaining, relaxation, and leisure. It’s where we host family and friends for cookouts, escape with a book under the shade of a sprawling patio umbrella, and bask in wonder of a starry summer sky. As a...

Outdoor Patio Ideas from Stunning Hamptons Homes

It’s not just New York City’s movers and shakers who are drawn to the Hamptons. Many of the most revered artists—Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem and Elaine de Kooning—have studios in the summer locale, and “almost every American architect has worked here, making the East...

Big ideas for small gardens

Small gardens are places of great opportunity, where design and smart plant choices can have a big impact. Even in a limited space, there’s plenty of room to grow. Think of a small garden as a chance to make a grand design in miniature, says...

Rosie on House: Laying out your backyard hardscape

Thinking about remodeling your backyard? Realtors and remodelers say improving the “outdoor rooms” at your house can make your home sell more quickly. After all, Americans are spending more and more time outside in the warmer months of the year and are creating both “great...

6 Outdoor Spaces to Inspire Your Next Patio Makeover

A patio is a wonderful feature to have, giving you space to create an outdoor dining area or just a spot for lounge chairs. If you are looking to upgrade your current patio furniture set (or want a few new accessories) just in time for...

New ideas for outdoor spaces

  This is the time of year we all look forward to: Daylight lasts long after our workdays have ended, the weather is balmy, and family and friends are visiting from Arizona and those other hotter climes! It’s a good bet that you’ve got the...

7 PATIO DECORATING IDEAS TRENDING ON PINTEREST

June 21 has come and gone, summer is finally here, and it’s time to unveil your patio after ignoring it for six months. Before you pull your all-weather wicker out of storage, take a look around. Do you want to redo the floors? Plant a new garden? Spruce...

Building with Secondhand Stuff: Make a Wood Pallet Planter

It seems like there are a million creative ideas for making things out of pallets these days, so naturally I sought out one specifically for the garden. This planter has a rustic look that is enhanced by greenery cascading down it, and it creates a...

Smart Watering Plant Sitters: How to Not Kill Your Garden While on Vacation

Have you ever come home from a holiday to find that your plants are suffering from extreme thirst? Or even worse, have you come home to find the plants dead? It’s not always easy to get a plant sitter and it’s also not reasonable to...

Grow the Best Tomatoes in Town with Advice from a Pro

There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a sun-warmed, juicy tomato straight from your own garden. Garden tomatoes are unlike anything that you can buy in the grocery store, and that’s why they are so popular as a home garden crop. Growing tomatoes, however,...

Guided Instagram Tour of the Global Urban Garden

Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona, Brooklyn, Winston-Salem, Los Angeles…In my visits across the country and abroad, I’ve experienced some compelling imagery and special moments that have captured my soul with their intriguing visual details. The New Nordic Cuisine The luscious beet, perched atop a water-filled glass, above, was the lone perfect centerpiece on...

Cool Sustainable and Stylish DIY Ideas For Outdoor Solar Lighting

  Solar power is everywhere–solar-powered clothing and backpacks that charge your gadgets on the go, solar-powered camping tents, Tesla’s solar roof shingles and even keyless solar bike locks that alert you if someone tries to nab your wheels.  Solar has gone mainstream. Renewable energy sources for the home powered by...

How to Incorporate Indoor-Outdoor Living into Your Home

Indoor-outdoor living incorporates the best of both worlds into one space. According to House Beautiful, the epitome of indoor-outdoor rooms means that, “If you moved them inside, you wouldn’t have to change a thing.” From living areas to backyard kitchens, these indoor-outdoor trends can give...

The Grillbot Is A Robot That Cleans Your Grill

Lazy grillers, rejoice. Thanks to the Grillbot, you may never have to clean your grill again. Today at CES we discovered the Grillbot, and it’s exactly what it sounds like – a robot that you plop down to automatically clean your dirty grill. Selling for $129, the...

10 gadgets that will do gardening and yard work for you

It’s tough to keep your yard and gardens looking their best year round, especially when you have limited time for yardwork. However, you don’t have to tackle lawn care on your own. Your chores will be a whole lot easier when you have a team...

10 barbecue winning gadgets for under $40

Whether you’re much of a cook, or not, come summer everyone wants to be king of the grill. After all, there is nothing worse than serving up a plate of burn sausages to your closest friends. Want to avoid taking that plate of overcooked meat...

Take it outside: 8 hot trends in outdoor home furnishing

et out and stay out. Southern California’s typically glorious weather inspires a passion for luxurious outdoor living spaces — and there’s no shortage of new fabrics and furnishings to make that a reality. “The customer is starting to think of their outdoor space like another...

11 Easy Ways to Revamp Your Garden

Sometimes in life it’s good to mix things up. As we all like a project we can sink our teeth into, what could be better than revamping your garden? The same old lawn and shrubs can start to look tired after so many years, so that might be a good...

DIY Floating Planter for Water Gardens and Ponds

A floating garden is a brilliant way to bring color to your pond or backyard water feature. The best part is that you don’t have to go hunting for a pond planter because it is a simple DIY you can make at home. Once you...

Fun Ideas for Outdoor Kitchen Plans

Outdoor kitchen plans are designed around having fun. Take the cooking outdoors! Enjoy the great weather and enjoy some of the best tasting fire-grilled foods. But remember, your outdoor kitchen success depends much on having smartly designed outdoor kitchen plans.  Start by placing your outdoor...

Patio Personality: Enjoy the great outdoors with your own great style

Punching up your patio with some personality might be one of the most fun projects for your home. Since your goal is to make your patio reflect your own unique tastes, you really can’t go wrong. Creating an outdoor living space is a win-win situation....

10 New Ideas For A Secret Garden Nook Designed Just For You

In turbulent times, what could be more soothing than to carve out a secluded spot in your garden in which to relax alone or with a loved one, or to entertain friends? These clever screening ideas ensure that it won’t feel as if the neighbors...

Modern Petunia Varieties: No Longer Just the Pinkest Pink Flower

Wait! Before you skip over this post because it’s about petunias and “petunias are boring, old-fashioned, plants for boring, old-fashioned people,” I want to share some of what I learned from touring the California Spring Trials, also known as Fashion Week for Plants. Petunias are...

5 Details You Don’t Want to Forget When Hosting an Outdoor Party

Outdoor parties can be magical events perfect for celebrating the warmer weather and enjoying all that nature offers. Hosting a party outdoors can also give guests more room to roam than they might otherwise have indoors. Al fresco entertaining often includes a special brand of whimsy, and gives you an...

10 Hardy Shrubs You Can’t Kill

A lot of people would like to garden but are scared off by what they see as a “black thumb”—the inability to keep plants alive. Of course, there is no such thing as a black thumb gardener. All you need to gain confidence in gardening...

5 Fun, Eco-Friendly Ways to Light Up Your Backyard

Spring has sprung, and it’s time for lazy Sunday lunches eaten al fresco with your family and big backyard barbeque parties with your friends. You’ve got your patio furniture in place, a grill ready to fire up, a nice big table for eating, but what’s...

Take it outside: Backyards are for fun and games

Volleyball courts. Sand pits. Splash pools. Giant movie screens. You don’t have to be a kid to design and enjoy an outdoor play space. Al fresco kitchens, all-weather lighting, and improvements in the comfort and durability of patio furniture mean we’re enjoying our outdoor spaces...

7 Outdoor Speakers for Your Next Backyard Project

Homeowners are getting outside more lately, and they’re taking their home technology with them. In CE Pro’s first ever Outdoor Technology Study, loudspeakers came in No. 2 as the most popular outdoor technology in the last year. Specifically, under-eave audio speakers came in second right...

Outdoor Entertaining – Fun Ideas to Up Your Hosting EQ

Up your EQ, Entertainment Quotient by entertaining your guests this season outside of the typical “backyard” box Warmer temperatures makes everyone antsy to get outdoors. From picnics to barbecues, there are numerous ways to take advantage of the outdoors during this season. Instead of doing...

Six ideas for remodeling your backyard for summer

Little by little, the thermometer is creeping up and up. We all know that it’s only a matter of weeks before we’re really starting to feel the heat. With that in mind, we put together a list of six backyard remodel ideas to help you...

Ten design tips from the father of American landscape architecture

Frederick Law Olmsted is considered the father of American landscape architecture and some of his best-known works remain iconic to this day. Central Park and Prospect Park in New York, the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and Biltmore Estate in North Carolina are just a...

80 Ways to Make Your Patio or Outdoor Space Look Incredible

  Whether you have a porch, pool or patio, our guide to creating a luxurious outside space will help you take full advantage of warm weather.     Read More >

Now is the time to start planting

Thank goodness it’s finally time to start planting! You can start your vegetable garden now with cool-loving crops such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and others can be safely planted now. Hold off on planting tomatoes, peppers, squash and other warm-loving...

Spruce up outdoor spaces ahead of warmer seasons

Once spring arrives it’s time to spiff up outdoor gathering areas, whether patio, terrace or veranda. Warm weather draws family and friends, and you want that patio area to look its best. Start by just cleaning it up to get rid of the winter dirt...

Patio fever: Prepare your outdoor living space for warmer months ahead

The weather might be indecisive lately — tornadoes and a snowstorm in the same week — but spring is right around the corner, and once it warms up, you’ll probably want to be out on the patio. Before it arrives, local experts recommend a few...

6 Brilliant and Inexpensive Patio Ideas for Small Yards

If your yard feels cramped, dull or otherwise in need of of a pick-me-up, don’t worry! You don’t have to dig up the backyard and start from scratch to make it feel homey and new. Just make some small investments. Your focus should be the...

The 5 Biggest Garden Trends of 2017

Those lucky enough to call an outdoor terrace, patio, or yard of their own know that, like the plants and flowers contained within them, gardens flourish in direct proportion to the care and consideration exercised on them. But in recent years, the push to turn...

25 Summer-Ready Outdoor Dining Areas

One of the joys of summer is having meals in the great outdoors, whether it’s a cup of coffee in the morning sun or an elaborate dinner under the stars. Now that the days are growing warmer, it’s the perfect time to prep your patio...

5 Outdoor Features That Will Add Value to Your Home

As any experienced real-estate agent will tell you, most home buyers have made up their minds about a house before they actually step inside. No matter how much time, money, and effort you’ve spent on designing and styling the interior, your house will be much...

Better design the key for great outdoor spaces on any budget

There is nothing wrong with a backyard grill and a couple of Adirondack chairs. However, if you are at a point in your life where you want your outdoor spaces to feel more like your indoor spaces, consider our tips for better design regardless of...

Turn Up the Heat With a Stylish Fire Pit

A fire pit is an ultimate compromise between a bonfire and a fireplace. It doesn’t just bring warmth to the place but also makes for a mesmerizing focal point. A stylish pit design will take any outdoor lounge area to the next level. Available in a variety of...

10 Best Landscaping Ideas

Need landscape ideas to add variety to your garden or add color year-round? We’ve got you covered. Try some or all of these landscaping ideas to spruce up your yard. Your home may be your castle, but rather than surround it with a moat, use...

30 Small Space Gardening Tips for Apartment Dwellers and Urbanites

Don’t let limited outdoor space prevent you from trying out your green thumb. From tasty fruits and veggies to flowering plants, trees and shrubs, container gardening is the trick to growing it all in less space than you may think. Check out the gallery >