Both newbies and seasoned gardeners make this mistake: crowding too many plants into a space. When plants are overcrowded, the look may be lush, but plants can’t reach their full potential. In this garden, two years after planting, the purple coneflower and yellow coreopsis had vanished, overshadowed and elbowed out by the other plants. Always read pot tags to learn how much space each plant needs to thrive. Give plants ample room to ensure the best growth.
This teen bedroom, designed by Sarah Richardson, is a stylish space perfect for two siblings. Twin beds flank a painted antique nightstand that both sisters can reach while the cool blue and green palette visually brightens the space.
Lush linens and several pillows have been used to make a bed that has a gold padded headboard. The wall behind the bed is dark wood colored and from the ceiling hang two triangle-shaped pendant lights.
Two pergolas flank the pool house and create outdoor rooms. One pergola forms a casual living room, complete with informal fire feature on an irregular bluestone patio. The other pergola design includes a swinging bed hanging from the perlins. Raised planting areas create a protected ambience and foster privacy in the pool zone. Sod ribbons on the raised bed stairs soften the hardscape.
This lively kids' bedroom features two twin beds dressed in white and gold polka dot comforters. Colorful pom pom throw pillows decorate the beds, while framed finger paintings hang above. Faux fur rugs at the foot of each bed add a cozy touch to the deep brown hardwood floors.
As seen on DIY Network's original series "Rev Run's Renovation," this bedroom is decked out in earth tones thanks to rich gold paint colors and two-toned carpet. Tufting softens the look of a contemporary leather bed, while large artwork adds drama to the wall.
A raised flower bed with a cement bird bath adds curb appeal to this brick home featured on HGTV's Buying and Selling. Low-maintenance landscaping around the walkway created a charming entrance to this one-story home with a two-car garage.
Straw is a more utilitarian mulch typically used in vegetable gardens or strawberry patches. Straw is simply the stalks of grain plants. Ask your local straw supplier if their product is clean (doesn’t contain grain heads) and weed-free. Prevent weed seed issues by spreading three sheets of damp newspaper under straw. Some gardeners let straw bales sit a few weeks so weed or grain seeds germinate. This leads to moldy straw—plan to wear a dust mask if you have allergies. Expect to get one to two growing seasons out of straw, depending on how thickly you spread it.
Two twin bed with white bed frames are pushed against each wall leaving open floor space in the center. A rug cushions the light hardwood, and woven nightstands sit next to each bed. Pastel blue striped walls contributes to the bright look of the room.