To turn this backyard into the serene haven imagined by the homeowner, landscape designers cleared out the patchy lawn and replaced it with fruit trees, flowering shrubs and perennials. The careful mix ensures there's something to enjoy in any season.
Landscape designers gave this front garden a pretty palette of purple, yellow and white. For purple: Salvia, Allium and Geranium 'Rozanne.' White comes from: peonies, Viburnum, Azalea, Rhododendron 'multimaculatum' and Cornus Kousa. The yellow is: Chamaecyparis and Alchemilla.
Hellstrips with vegetable gardens can include flowers for season-long beauty and better productivity. Annual hellstrip plantings can lie fallow under piled winter snow, then be planted fresh in spring, says author Evelyn J. Hadden, whose book, "Hellstrip Gardening," features this St. Paul, Minn., hellstrip. She suggests using a winter mulch to protect soil from erosion.
An exuberant flower garden leads the eye toward a beautiful garden retreat. HGTV fan lross7577 shares this image of a storage shed which underwent a total renovation, complete with a gas fireplace, bluestone patio and firepit.