Hardscape

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    Modern Garden Design Ideas

    As gardeners, we love, trust, and believe in plants—often to a fault. We don’t easily relinquish funds or space for hardscape. The thrill of buying and finding a spot for…

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    Natural Stone and Ground Covers Are a Great Combination

    A hardscape is always in season, and Jerry Fritz has created versions of his signature living patio for many happy clients over the years. The concept is deceptively simple: large…

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    Create Garden Rooms That Draw You In

    When designing a garden, I like to include at least one outdoor room that will tempt my clients to spend more time outside. A strong connection between indoor and outdoor…

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    How to Create a Relaxed Kitchen Garden Retreat

    Our kitchen garden has evolved over the years into a homegrown three-room space with a vegetable garden, two dining areas, and a firepit. Set apart from the house, it feels…

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    A Cozy Covered Porch Garden Room

    Our U-shaped covered porch is the place to be in winter and early spring. The house itself blocks the north wind, and the space’s southern exposure makes it perfect for…

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    How to Design a Secluded Seating Area

    To the north, accessed through our dining room door, is the most formal of our garden rooms. A paved patio creates a nice space for entertaining as it gently contains…

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    Landscaping With Low-Growing Plants

    It seems like many planting designs are all about blocking things you’d rather not see: the street out front, the nosy neighbors, or the messy lot next door. After all,…

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    Hardworking Hardscape

    If I had a gardening time machine, I would use it to return to the day I started my garden. Instead of going to the nursery and getting a trunkful…

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    Design a Better Deck

    Any outdoor space is better than no outdoor space. Even the kind of deck that we call a “penalty box”—the type you’ve probably seen attached to one side of a…