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.
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.
Looking at this 1800s Greek Revival home from above, it's easy to see why the formal gardens were featured in the Smithsonian Archives. Trimmed hedges, perennial beds and manicured lawns transform this property into a serious stunner.
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.
The vast terrace of this penthouse apartment in New York City has been planted with mature fruit trees and an herb garden, and it houses an open air dining room. It's easy to see why it's a favorite pilgrimage for hummingbirds.
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.
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.
Looking for a quick and easy holiday table centerpiece? Follow designer Carole Weeks' lead and use an existing sculptural object, even something from the garden like this swan, and surround it with evergreens, bows and holly sprigs.
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.
It's easy to feel as though you've stumbled into a secret garden when wandering the grounds of this mountain resort in northern Michigan. Streams, rolling lawns and cheery pops of color all create an enchanting environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just one or two deer can make quick work of a garden in one night. Their favorite crops include things like beans, lettuce, strawberries, daylilies and hostas.
Easy Solution: Keep deer out of your garden or yard by erecting a deer fence. Create a double fence layer that’s 4 to 5 feet high with 4 to 5 feet between fences. Deer can’t jump both high and wide.
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.
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.