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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 makeover garden

Outdoor Living: Plant a Retaining Wall Garden

A sloped backyard becomes a welcoming oasis with an easy-care retaining wall garden. After completing a DIY deck extension (see how we built it here) and walkway we…

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…

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…

Deck overall

Outdoor Rooms: A Jazzy Deck Makeover

You’ll love what a comfy deck can do for your state of mind. Who can fret when surrounded by fresh, summery colors, plump cushions, and pink lemonade? With…

Planted wire basket

Gardening Solutions: Design with Succulents

Moisture-storing succulents are a living palette for the artist-gardener. From loafers to loaf pans, the plants will grow in anything that holds soil.   Succulents are problem-solvers. They come in every…

Finished path with a happy fluffy dog running down it

Garden Solutions: A Quick and Easy Path

Creating gorgeous borders and beds is every gardener’s ultimate goal. But playing with plants is only part of the landscape equation. As you work in your garden, you’ll…