The front patio was designed for breaking bread with friends and enjoying views of the garden. A long wooden table centers the space, with a buffet that keeps dishes within easy reach, while a black accent wall adds a touch of intrigue.
The gray stucco-stone exterior is a nice, soft contrast to the lush landscape and surrounding trees. A stone walkway provides an easy maneuvering from the front door through the garden areas. Vibrant flowers provide a pop of color and greet your guests.
In snowy winter climates, aim to clean up the garden before early snowfalls arrive. Doing this helps to reduce winter resting places for pests and diseases that go into hiding once snow flies. It’s also easier on you—no frozen fingers.
Find a carrot variety that's right for your garden; not all carrots form elongated roots. Blunt-tipped Nantes types are the easiest for most backyard gardeners to grow. Imperators are the long, straight, tapered types usually sold in stores. Chantneys are short and stubby, and shaped like cones. You can also find mini varieties and radish-type carrots for growing in containers or heavy or rocky soils.
This rustic sitting area offers plush brown suede armchairs arranged in a conversational manner that are perfect for entertaining guests. An elegant chandelier hangs from the vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams, while open doorways provide easy outdoor access to deck and garden areas.
The yellow flowers of tomatillo plants bear a striking resemblance to tomato blossoms. Tomatillo blooms must be cross pollinated to form fruit. This means you need two or more tomatillo plants. Arranging plants in a block in the garden makes it easy for bees to pollinate effectively and efficiently.
Every country cottage has at least one “porch plant” gotten as a start from someone else’s garden. This classic old Pelargonium, often called geranium, is tough, drought resistant, tolerates a wide range of conditions, and is easy to grow from cuttings.
Installing a deck fills the large gap between this house and the curb, and having a few potted plants instead of a huge garden bed makes the yard much easier to maintain. The blue-gray house color and bold orange door also help get the house noticed.
Decks with a completely finished underside are becoming more popular and this example from Tufdek presents an ideal entertainment space that enjoys easy access to both pool and garden areas. The striking exterior vinyl waterproof flooring is available in a variety of colors and offers years of durability.
Instead of basic rubber mats designed only to protect the floor from splashes, opt for indoor/outdoor 2x3 patterned rugs. Many styles are made from recycled materials which breathe and are easy to clean with just a garden hose.
A water feature complements a commissioned garden sculpture at the entry garden of Charlson Meadows, home of Life Science Foundation (LSF). The mission of LSF is “Using its land and resources, Life Science Foundation exists to create and provide environments for the public that renew, inspire, and enrich all life.” The entry creates a tactile, inviting, ADA compliant path to the main offices and allows easy and obvious access to the LSF Chalet.
Wanting to give his clients easy access to their private pool, landscape architect Carl Gilley used stone pavers to create a path right to the water. Lush green plants and palm trees line the walkway on either side for a tropical garden that looks a lot like paradise.
This teak outdoor storage shed has enough room for bicycles and lawn and garden tools. Plus, it blends in nicely with wooden fences. Available through Overstock.com, this shed has double doors that make it easy to conceal large items.
Easy to grow alliums are perennials, and they’re related to chives, shallots and onions. If deer, voles, rabbits or other animals browse in your garden, you’ll find they usually leave these bulbs alone. Plant alliums in the fall, in well-drained soil, giving them plenty of sun.
HGTV fan phxdesign turned the corner of her long, narrow, walled patio into a colorful outdoor oasis. She did all the mosaic work herself, calling it "easy, fun and therapeutic." She also says, "this is the first garden that I've ever created, literally from the ground up."
Tame loose hoses without spending a penny on fancy hose reels.
Easy Solution: Wrap garden hoses around an inverted flower pot. A heavier pottery or stone pot works perfectly, and if you have one that’s cracked and otherwise not useful, that’s even better.
No need to walk far to enjoy this relaxing pool. Take a dip in the beautiful pool or enjoy a refreshing beverage on the step up patio area featuring Adirondack chairs and a vibrant red umbrella for a little shade and pop of color. This elegant garden is easy to maintain and allows natural beauty to flow.
Turn the area below an elevated deck into storage space for outdoor equipment and garden supplies like McLean, Virginia's Land Art Design did for a client. The wide doorway gives easy access when it's time to fetch a rake or trowel, and a padlock keeps everything secure.