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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 [...]

Home Outside Project: Terrace Garden, Boston Area

  The owners of a lovely traditional New England home needed to replace an old brick patio that was deteriorating, in part because the [...]
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Home Outside Project: Boulder, CO

This Colorado homeowner wanted to retain trees and some of the perennials in the front yard of her attractive contemporary home, but she [...]
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Home Outside Project: Central Valley, CA

These California homeowners needed to reduce their lawn to respond to water-use restrictions and took the opportunity to seek a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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Home Outside Project: Entry Garden, Brooklyn, NY

The owners of this attached rowhouse in a lively Brooklyn neighborhood were eager to create a welcoming oasis in their tiny front yard. They [...]

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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