• garden pond in a backyard

    How to Build a Garden Sanctuary With an Ecological Pond

    In her article Building a Backyard Retreat, Sabrena Schweyer shares how she went about transforming a small, ordinary backyard into a place for the homeowners and their guests to connect,…

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    How to Build a Better Backyard Retreat

    What could be more satisfying than transforming an unused outdoor space into a sanctuary? Fifteen years ago, Larry Jacobs contacted our sustainable landscape design firm because he wanted to add…

  • Article

    Sharing Plants for a Beautiful Garden

    Today’s photos come from Teresa Greco’s garden in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Teresa says that her garden is planted with some 80% shared plants, bulbs, and tubers from friends.…

  • How-To

    Creating an Outdoor Shower

    Forget about rinsing off with the garden hose. After a day spent mulching and weeding under the hot sun, nothing beats an outdoor shower. All that fresh air, warm water,…

  • backyard garden makeover

    A Backyard Makeover

    This small space is redesigned to include all the comforts of home

  • containers used as elements in landscape design

    Using Containers as a Design Element

    Careful and considered placement can add a sense of coherence to a garden

  • transforming a backyard

    Transforming a Barren Backyard

    Berms and a dry streambed change the terrain from flat to rolling