Landscape Design Tips & Ideas

Planting Design Tip: Swathes and Swoops and Drifts and Rivers

Oh, the siren call of nurseries and garden centers in spring! It is so tempting to buy every gorgeous plant that whispers (or shrieks) [...]
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Landscape Design Tip: Study the Flow in Winter

If you live in a northern climate, the best time to study the flow of your property is in winter when the bones of the land are [...]
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Bold Backyard Landscape Design

Create a Floating Effect in the Landscape In this backyard landscape, each material – metal, wood, concrete, plant, or grass – looks as [...]

Landscape Design Inspiration: Grasses Shine in Fall

Fall is when grasses really shine. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’) and firetail mountain fleece (Persicaria [...]
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Landscape Design Tip: Back Up Your Seating!

When placing a seat or bench in your landscape, “Create a sense of security around your bench,” Julie Moir Messervy writes in [...]

App Tip: How to Create a Property Base Plan with a Map Image

Did you know that you can use the Map Tool to import a satellite image of your property into the Home Outside app? If you don’t have a [...]

Landscape Design Tip: Soften Straight Lines with Plantings

A client asked us, “I have a lot of straight lines in my landscape. Is there any way to jazz things up?” Straight lines can be [...]

Path Materials: Why We Love Peastone

Our Home Outside designers are often asked for recommendations for path materials. The options can be overwhelming, and many are quite [...]
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Urban Garden Design: An Intimate Terrace Garden

At the heart of this open-air room is a beloved crabapple tree, visible from the kitchen windows, which provides food for the birds and a [...]

Coastal Massachusetts: A Sideyard Transformed into a Firepit Garden

We turned an unused side yard into an outdoor “fire garden” for a couple that likes to entertain at their Massachusetts seaside home. We [...]

A Pool Terrace Garden in Vermont

The work of JMMDS, the landscape architecture and design team behind the Home Outside online landscape design service, was recently [...]
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Sow Now, Eat Later!

With only the hardiest kale and parsley growing in our vegetable gardens in November, our thoughts jet ahead to spring and the happy purple [...]
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