hardscaping

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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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    A Garden Design with Lots of Hardscape and Plants – Plant IDs

    My plant selection followed the same principles I used in selecting my hardscape materials, with an emphasis on sculptural habits and interesting textures. As a member of the American Conifer…

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    A Garden Design with Lots of Hardscape and Plants

    Most gardeners get into gardening because they collect plants. While I am thoroughly addicted to plants—I dream about them, buy them, and plant them—I am also addicted to stone and…

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    10 Expert Tips for Designing Your Garden

    In an ideal world, everyone would be able to hire a designer to help with big garden decisions. But in reality, most of us end up doing our own design…

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    Expert Design Advice: Let Your Senses Guide Your Garden’s Design

    When you first start to think about changing part of your landscape, slow down, look, and listen. Pay attention to how the existing conditions make you feel. Is the space…

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    Hardscaping Projects in Early Spring

    I am always confused when a gardener says, “There’s nothing to do,” during late winter or early spring in the garden. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we get the chance…

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    How to Build a Patio in a Weekend

    At the risk of compromising our job security, we’re willing to let you in on a little secret: You can build your own patio. If two guys from Massachusetts can…

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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…

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    Arbors, Pergolas, Sheds, and Gazebos

    An arbor, pergola, shed, or gazebo can serve as a focal point in a garden. If you're seeking design inspiration for a garden building project this season, take a look…