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Flowers On Steps

Flowers On Steps

Flowers On Steps – Make more of a feature of steps in your garden, and soften the edges of paving surfaces, by placing pots at the sides. Leave enough room to walk up the steps comfortably, although, if you are growing aromatic plants, it is an added bonus to brush against their foliage, releasing the fragrance as you walk past. Try to grow a pot of lemon verbena at the base of some sunny steps in your garden – its leaves exude the most delicious, lemon scent, which makes walking up the steps a sheer delight. Generally, we find that low, sprawling plants look most effective on steps: a pot planted with ivy-leaved pelargoniums, trailing lobelia, some portulacas, or nasturtiums works well.

Backyard Perfect for Entertaining

Backyard Perfect for Entertaining

Backyard Perfect for Entertaining – Entertaining at your home can also make you feel in control of the many variables that can go awry at other venues. You won’t have to gamble with the service or food being bad, because you’ll be in charge of that, and you can customize the decoration and configuration of the space. When you decide to entertain at your house more, there are several improvements that you can make to your backyard that will be great values into the future.

Design a patio. The first thing to add to your backyard is a patio. Patios are typically concrete, level surfaces that are easy to clean and can have chairs and tables placed on top of them.

Integrating House And Garden: Doorways And Windows

Integrating House And Garden: Doorways And Windows

Integrating House And Garden: Doorways And Windows – The entrance to your garden is important. An interesting and inviting environment should greet you when you step out of the door. Not every door will open directly on to the garden, of course, but a row of well-tended pots could point the way to the garden, or perhaps a trellis-trained flowering climber on the wall.

Remember that a level garden seen from the ground appears foreshortened and shorter than it really is. Individual compartments will seem shorter too; so if you are planning a circular lawn, the circle will seem squashed unless you make it more of an oval, with the longest part facing the house.

Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Backyard Landscaping Ideas – The most important element of landscaping in section is the overall plan. Without one, you backyard will look like a patchwork of landscaping styles. Begin by sketching the existing permanent structures such as house, shed, deck, pool and trees. Now is a good time to take inventory of the existing plants and shrubs and decide which ones will not be part of the new landscape plan.

Play around with ideas. Make copies of your sketch and experiment with various options. Look for landscaping ideas in magazine or visit neighboring gardens. At this stage, the only limit is your imagination.