Chip Wade advises planting in containers of various heights in the garden to avoid a too symmetrical, matchy-matchy look. And here's a cool tip: the big new trend is to plant trees in containers. To avoid having your tree outgrow its container or having to overwinter inside, Wade knocks out the bottom of his container and plants the tree directly in the ground.
You don't have to spend a fortune on a custom fire pit. Wade recommends a simple fire pit surface of stone, crushed gravel or other non-flammable material of at least 6-7 feet wide. It doesn't have to be complicated or constructed, just big enough to serve as a safe buffer between the fire and your yard. Wade's fire pit does double duty as a yard tool and a place he can burn fallen debris, sticks and other yard waste. And make sure your fire pit has proper drainage so it doesn't become a haven for mosquitoes, advises Wade.