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Retaining wall garden

Gardening Ideas: A Late-Season Success Story

Planning a garden late in the growing season generally means your plant choices are limited but if you’re particular and protective, you’ll be rewarded with a thriving garden in the spring. Last year, we built a deck expansion and planted a new garden to

Backyard deck expansion

Outdoor Living: Expand a Tiny Deck

Expanding your deck and have some handy friends? This 12 x 12-foot addition is a surprisingly doable DIY. A new home usually calls for a refresh by painting…

Backyard and shed

Garden Ideas: A Landscape of Earthly Delights, part 2

In her southwest Missouri garden, Linda Heman uses vintage finds and cast-offs from friends and family to decorate her landscape beds. A metal arch covered in trumpet vine…

Annuals and chairs

Garden Ideas: A Landscape of Earthly Delights

A highlight of the area’s annual garden tours, this whimsical landscape is a creative homeowner’s daily escape. LINDA HEMAN used to host just a handful of close friends…

Turf free yard

Gardening Ideas: A Turf-free Yard

No more mowing! No more lawn chemicals! A turf-free lawn brings all kinds of benefits to humans as well as to birds and pollinators. And a yard without…

Furnished pergola

Outdoor Living: Decorate a Backyard Room

We turned a neglected pergola into a sweet little hideaway shaded by an apple tree that’s a perfect spot to entertain or sit and watch kids play. The…

Enclosed patio

Outdoor Living: Create a Backyard Retreat

Flex your DIY skills and fashion an outdoor oasis this weekend. Paved floors, perky plantings and salvaged accents make for a pretty backyard getaway. Before, this small, neglected…

Backyard makeover

The Year in Review: What We Learned in 2018

Another year, during which we celebrated our third year in the blogosphere, has passed in a blur of activity. We have all kinds of projects and ideas ahead…

Overall of garden

Garden Tour: English Garden Style Beds and Borders

With flowers growing on every side in curvaceous borders, a suburban Chicago home becomes one with a landscape planted in English garden style.   Only a decade in the making,…

ice cream sign over a garden potting station

Easy Garden Ideas: Collecting Vintage Signs

Whether a handmade  motto for your border or a stamped metal antique, signs provide a graphic element that blends well with the surrounding organic forms of your yard.   Made to…

Wooden bird

Easy Garden Ideas: Captivating Creatures

Invite statues, figurines and assemblages inspired by the animal kingdom into your garden and enliven your yard with unique creatures and frolicking fauna.   Birds, bees, and butterflies…

Crystal chandelier detail

Garden DIY: Outdoor lighting

There are plenty of reasons to be in the garden after sundown, whether cozying up on a porch swing with a soft blanket in May or dancing barefoot on the dewy…