Just a few garden sculptures wrapped with colored lights can instantly bring a holiday touch with minimal fuss. At night the graphic shapes of the garden sculptures are easy to read from inside the house, and the bold color casts a vibrant glow on the otherwise dark and dim area.
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.
Open concept design is at its most sophisticated in this transitional living and kitchen area. The side walls disappear to encourage easy flow between the home's interior and garden, while rich furnishings and a large fireplace indoors offer up every comfort and luxury.
Entering this tranquil garden is like stumbling upon another world, as busy streets give way to towering palm trees and flowering bushes. A paver walkway winds gently through the space, and so sets an easy-going tone that will carry throughout the property.
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.