Go Vertical! Fresh DIY Garden Projects

If you need more gardening space, or you just want to try something a little more unique and interesting, consider a vertical garden.  There is nothing new about the idea of going up in garden design... hanging planters, trees and arbors and porticos are all examples of taking things skyward. But these DIY vertical gardens are clever and smart, and give your garden a creative edge. So the next … [Read more...]

How to Grow English Roses

English roses are perhaps the perfect compliment to any garden, but to a garden with cottage style most of all. By many gardeners' accounts the "perfect" rose, these roses were bred by Englishman David Austin (they are also called David Austin Roses) to combine the positive re-blooming attribute of the modern tea rose with the vigor, form and intense fragrance of the old world roses. And did he … [Read more...]

Wonderful Windows and Doors in the Garden

If you are looking for a way to add some whimsy or character to your garden, you have a pretty safe bet if you use windows and doors to amp up the pretty. Windows and doors both add a sense of mystery to a garden, a wonder of what surprises lie just beyond where the eye can see. Add some vintage age, and you have a recipe for a delightful space that lures in even the most cynical garden visitor. … [Read more...]

DIY Holiday Signs for the Front Porch

Nothing brings holiday warmth to your guests quite like being greeted at the door with some holiday cheer. Words speak louder than any wreath or sparkling lights. (Though we suggest you throw those up too!) Trouble is, when our budgets at that time of year, are already tight, a sign can be quite expensive, especially a larger one meant for the porch or yard. Instead of spending money on decor, … [Read more...]

Top 12 Poisonous Plants – Are They in Your Garden?

When you have pets or small children, what is planted in your garden is something you need to be aware of and proactive about. While no one can rid their garden of everything that is possibly a hazard, many people have no idea that some very common garden plants can be highly toxic to kids and pets if eaten. While young kids should never be left alone in a garden, you can't keep an eye on them … [Read more...]

DIY Table Top Fire Bowls

Sometimes you don't want to build a whole "fire pit" adventure in your backyard, but you still want that fire factor. No problem, we found some easy DIY table top fire bowls for you that fit perfectly in any garden space! Whether you don't want to smoke out the neighbors, or you just don't have the space, fire bowls can be used on the patio any time of year. Fire is an element of nature that is a … [Read more...]

Amazing Alliums

Alliums are one of the best and easiest bulbs to grow in the gardening world, but often overlooked. Gorgeous, show stopping blooms, easy growing requirements, and amazing architectural shape make these perfect for any gardener, beginner or seasoned veteran. The large round or oval flowers are borne on single stalks that tower over the garden from 1-4 feet, usually in mid spring to early summer, … [Read more...]

DIY Garden Topiary Projects

Formal, fanciful or modern, garden topiaries make one take notice. They do have a bad rap though, for being high maintenance.  You don't need a team of well paid gardeners and a palatial estate to have these in your yard. In fact, you can make them yourself! We won't lie, you do have to keep them up. But a little bit of trimming and clipping is nothing compared to what they give back. So check out … [Read more...]

DIY Backyard Fancy Fence Ideas

Putting up a backyard fence isn't a small project, but it's one that can improve your time in your yard, make it safe for kids and pets, and increase your home's value. So don't just put up a plain old fence! Take it up a notch and make your home look more custom with our DIY backyard fancy fence ideas! Some of these are DIY projects to get you right on your way, some are just ideas you can adapt … [Read more...]

Privacy with Plants

Privacy is a big concern in our gardens. While we love our neighbors (ok, we hope to be lucky enough to love our neighbors), having that private space when you are outside is important to what a garden is all about. None of us want to build a ten foot wall all around our property, but fortunately, there is a better way. Using plants to create privacy is not only a friendly way to keep out prying … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Kitchens and Grilling Stations

The great outdoors and food just kinda go together, don't they? Think camping, picnics, and of course, BBQ's! So instead of schlepping all your food, dishes and cooking prep through the house over and over, how about making yourself an amazing outdoor kitchen or grilling station? The cook in your life will be out where the people are, and those who are helping with the prep won't be stuck indoors. … [Read more...]

10 No Fail Perennials for Low Water Gardens

No matter where you live, being water wise is the smart way to garden. And if you live in drought stricken or prone areas, it's a must. While I love a gorgeous hydrangea, and roses are amazing, there are plenty of flowering plants that don't suck down our water resources. These ten no fail perennials for low water gardens fit the bill, are gorgeous as stand alone plants, and come back every year! … [Read more...]

9 DIY Cool & Creative Patio Floor Ideas

If it’s finally time for a new patio, or to redo the old one, there are lots of cool options other than just boring concrete! These 9 creative patio floor ideas can be done without a contractor, and can be done in weekend. All of them transform your space into an outdoor room worth showing off! It doesn't matter if your patio surface has seen better days, or if you are just bored with it... try … [Read more...]

Landscaping With Conifers

Landscaping with evergreens is the backbone of most garden spaces. Conifers are the stars of that group, including pines, firs, spruces, cedars and sequoias. However, landscaping with conifers can be confusing. After all, we've all seen that monster of a blue spruce have to be torn down because it outgrew its space, or those sad arborvitae planted as a hedge where half of them are a deep … [Read more...]

13 Projects for Backyard Relaxation

Our backyards are used for BBQ's and family gatherings, playgrounds and football games. Don't forget to use your yard for some good 'ol wind down time! These 13 projects for backyard relaxation will help turn your garden space into a zen place. Catchy, right? :) Our feature project above, is a hanging bed from 'The Devoted Wife'. From 'Pottery Barn', we love this backyard bed space too! Want to … [Read more...]

Hardy Tropicals You Can Grow!

Tropical plants are an amazing statement to add to any garden, offering exotic design sense and wonderful texture and color. Ok, we love 'em 'cause we can pretend to be on a beach in Fiji, or wandering around the rain forests in Hawaii, or pretty much any other place in the world where tropicals thrive. The trouble is, tropical plants are just that... tropical. And most of us don't live in such … [Read more...]

Beautiful & Classic Lawn Edging Ideas

Edging your lawn is more than just creating a mow strip, or keeping the weeds out. It sets off what can be the largest element in your yard and garden! Its kind of like trim around a door frame or baseboard moldings around a wall. It finishes it well. So adding a lawn edging could be just what your yard was missing. We've already covered creative garden edging, and then more creative garden … [Read more...]

Fun & Funky Backyard Projects

The garden isn't all about curb appeal, or home values, or good design. It's also about the people you love enjoying their time there. These fun and funky backyard projects will add a little bit of whimsy, a touch of humor, or just some plain old backyard fun! DIY your way to a garden everyone wants to be in! Got an old shed? Turn it into a she shed! Doesn't get more fun than a grown ups doll … [Read more...]

How to Grow Fruit Trees for Beginners

If you love a good apple, pear, peach or even cherries, you might want to think about planting a couple fruit trees in your backyard or garden. I grew up in an area where there were a lot of abandoned fruit orchards, full of trees that looked pretty sad. It didn't stop us kids from trying to get ourselves a free treat when they were in fruit though, only to be met with small, hard, tasteless fruit … [Read more...]

15 Creative Garden Fence Spruce-Ups

We don't always think of our outdoor spaces like rooms, but we should! There should be design elements in every garden that make us smile, and that shouldn't be limited to just plants. Garden fences are like our virtual "walls" in a garden, and if you think of them that way, you know they need some sprucing! As you would hang photos and art on your interior walls, don't be afraid to try these 15 … [Read more...]