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Home Outside Wins a Best of Houzz Award!

Home Outside has won a Best of Houzz Service Award for 2018! We’re delighted by this honor, most of all because it is based on the [...]
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Plants We Love: A Cream and Lime Garden

This Vermont garden designed by JMMDS (the landscape design firm that owns Home Outside) features plantings in a limited color range. The [...]
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It’s Seed Catalog Time!

In our Vermont studio, it’s 35°F out today and SUNNY! It practically feels like summer after the “bomb cyclone” of last [...]

Recommended Reading: Big Dreams, Small Garden

Do you ever feel envious of picture-perfect garden-porn landscapes that few of us can afford to emulate? Or are you waiting until you live [...]
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Landscape Inspiration: A Stylish Fire Garden

From time immemorial, fire has been a vital part of our outdoor landscapes. Originally used for cooking and warmth, fire has increasingly [...]

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) [...]

Online Landscape Design Help for a Large Property

The Home Outside online design service isn’t just for small properties. These rural Vermont clients had a new house on a large [...]
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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 [...]

Who Are the Home Outside Designers?

There’s no such thing as a template or cookie-cutter design at Home Outside; every landscape we design is unique. Just who are the [...]
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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 [...]
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