Don’t confuse Plectranthus, or ‘Mona Lavender,’ for the lavender you think of when you imagine the beautiful-smelling plant that fills the fields of Provence. This gorgeous tropical nature shares its beautiful color, but is not the same thing. Use a pot of ‘Mona Lavender’ plectranthus as your container garden to add an unexpected pop of color to any outdoor space. It will brighten the shorter days of fall and add wow to your yard.

After asking the neighbors for recommendations, we discovered somebody who might be able to help. A long-time landscaper had just sold his business to his son-in-law to focus strictly on home landscape design.  We scheduled an initial no-cost appointment with him, and instantly felt he had the skill and understanding to design a useable backyard we could enjoy. 
There is something very satisfying about doing your own landscaping work. Getting out into the soil and working under the sun provides a natural form of exercise that has long been overlooked. Teaching kids how to work hard, as well as techniques like how to dig a hole, are great ways to get the entire family involved in healthy exercise. Many homeowners find that working with plants is a very therapeutic and peaceful experience that grounds them and decreases stress as well.
This is not something you need a chicken hutch to have in your back garden. Instead, these beautiful low-growing Hen and Chicks plants fill this vintage metal planter. The silver undertones of the leaves mirror the copper finish of the tub. The Southern Living Garden Book describes Hen and Chicks as Mexican natives with 'rosettes of fleshy leaves,' and that is simply the perfect description for these succulent perennials. Available in a wide range of colors, you will be able to choose the Hen and Chicks that best fit the tone of your container garden. Or, mix and match to your heart’s delight and revel in their subtle variations.
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DANDELIONS are a sign of alkaline soil. Refer to the pH stuff above. They can also indicate compacted or poor soil. The above methods will prevent dandelions from propogating. Since dandelions live about five years, the mature dandelions will struggle with the tall, thick turf and die off in two to three years. I now think that a few dandelions poking up once in a while are kinda nice and I leave them alone.

Just because you want to give your landscape a facelift doesn’t mean you need to go rush out and purchase a whole bunch of expensive plants. There are so many plants you could incorporate into the scene that won’t set you back big bucks. In most garden centers, they typically showcase discounted or “out of season” plants that you could easily incorporate with spending too much money. If you’re feeling extra garden savvy, you could easily purchase seeds to plant instead of buying already sprouted plants. It may be a bit more difficult and it may take a bit longer, but it would be totally worth it in the end because you nurtured these plants to flourish and grow!
Think of this as the 'other' Lily, meaning not the one 'of the Valley.' Lily-of-the-Nile performs incredibly well in a container, and can say in the same pot for years. It doesn’t mind crowded roots in the least, meaning that this plant will require less maintenance than others might. Lily-of-the-Nile can live in full sun or light shade, so you’ll have great choices for where you can locate your containers. Given their range of incredible blue shades, these look beautiful near pools. Some named types may eventually grow to be as tall as three feet.

Forgiving succulents are both heat and drought tolerant, so they'll look great all summer long. There are many novel ways to plant succulent containers, particularly since they are so resilient. Terra cotta pots work particularly well since they transfer moisture well and help succulents retain water. They also share a desert color palette with succulents, making the two appear as if they were always intended to go together. You may group a variety of succulents together, or create a container for your garden filled with a single type. Whatever your choice, water carefully and selectively, and these resilient plants will reward you with a beautiful container garden.
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Don’t forget that your landscape is more than just a way to increase the curb appeal of your home. Indeed, a welcoming landscape is the perfect way to turn it into an inviting outdoor space for family and friends. Incorporate small elements of your personal aesthetic into your design to increase comfort and warmth. It’s perfectly okay to splurge on a couple of items that you absolutely love, especially if the building blocks of your landscape design are both frugal and beautiful.
There’s just something about pools and rock gardens that sync so well together. Pool areas can be a bit expensive to maintain, so in order to add some creative flair without having to spend a lot of money, use items you have on hand. If you have a pre-existing garden, odds are you have some garden rocks or stones that could easily be transformed and used in a funky rock garden like this one depicted. Since this is a pool area, you’d want to steer clear from using tiny stones or pebbles since these could make their way into the pool easier.
Using plantings is a simple but sophisticated way to enliven your outdoor table. For hot, dry climates, drought-tolerant plants are the perfect way to go. This shallow bowl of mixed succulents makes a great centerpiece, creating a mixture of tones, shapes, and textures. When considering plantings for this type of arrangement, echeverias, sedums, and other similar plantings work well. Look for types that will create visual interest as they grow, and consider containers that can create long, shallow, and low spaces for these great green wonders to develop. You’ll love how harmonious these succulents are together. They are great low-maintenance plants that will last until frost.
When filling a show-stopping window box, don't hesitate to use small evergreen shrubs or perennials, which last throughout the seasons. These work well in window boxes and provide sustained and consistent color. In the fall, turn to mums, kales, pansies, violas, and snapdragons for color, and then add a few daffodil or tulip bulbs for a bold burst of excitement in the spring. Be sure to include something that can spill over the edge of the window box and you’re assured of a sense of movement, and a great deal of excitement. Keep the evergreens trimmed as necessary—you’ll love how restrained they look against the bold splashes of color.
Go-to grasses and can't-fail lantanas mark the advent of a bright new season. And the coming of fall doesn’t mean the end of container garden beauty. It simply means you have to pay new attention to what needs to be planted—and where. Consider moving your planters indoors; consider plants like fountain grass, which is sun-loving and forgiving; and add in some lantanas, or some sweet potato vines, for color, thrill, and excitement. Focus on your fall containers too. Use bright pops of color, particularly if you plan to bring your containers inside. Or, use a clean neutral, like black, or white, and let the flowers and foliage truly shine. 
When planning your exterior décor you should be sure to keep in mind easy landscaping designs and photos that can help simplify your task. The outside design of your home is just as important as the interior décor. If planned properly, the front of house landscape can really increase the curb appeal of your property. In 2017, the most popular landscaping designs include adorning your yard with trees and plants that require little maintenance.
Even if container gardening isn't to your liking, take note of the aforementioned perennials—they're often the backbone of most low-maintenance gardens. Unlike annuals, perennials can bloom multiple years before they need to be replanted. These slower-growing and long-lived garden residents are less work and typically require fewer nutrients and water.
The pitchfork may suggest a little 'American Gothic'—but the beautiful star here is the freestanding flower container. Here, we make a statement with a this large, overflowing planter that can work equally against a blank wall, at the perimeter of a parking court, or on the edge of a terrace. Fill it with 'Diamond Frost' euphorbia, coleus, 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum' petunia, and geranium. Ours is weathered, and it will only patina further over time. Let it happen. This is part of the beauty of natural materials like wood—and this beauty is only enhanced further by vibrant flowers.
Creating furniture out of old wooden pallets has to be one of the easiest, most creative and affordable things you can do! Not only does this type of furniture look great, it creates a sort of rustic landscape that can easily be dressed up or down. You can stain or paint your pallet furniture to match whatever theme or setting you’ve incorporated into the setting. Add some fun patio cushions and you’ve got an amazing outdoor area that will look fantastic all year long!
Before planting a lawn, decide on the desired quality, how the lawn will be used, and how much time and money you are willing to invest. Have your soil tested. Contact your Colorado State University Extension county office for information on soil testing. Soil amendments can easily be added before planting. High quality sod or seed also helps ensure a satisfactory lawn.
18 inches or more soil would be optimal. I have a friend that has soil this deep. While everyone else waters a dozen times or more over the summer, she waters just once or twice. She uses no fertilizer or pesticides. She has thick, dark green, weed-free grass which requires frequent mowing. Her lawn is about as "no-brainer lawn care" as you could get.
This romantic container garden captures the feelings of magic and mystery through its bright colors and beautiful sense of movement. To achieve these effects, you’ll want to try varying the scale of flowers and greenery to produce the wildly untamed, 'growing in a garden' feel that keeps this basket relaxed. Beginning by selecting this sphagnum moss-lined metal hanging basket, larger dianthus then blend with smaller petunias, while variegated English ivy and tiny baby’s tears dangle over the sides. The effect is the sense of beauty in bloom, bursting forth in wonder from this colorful basket.
18 inches or more soil would be optimal. I have a friend that has soil this deep. While everyone else waters a dozen times or more over the summer, she waters just once or twice. She uses no fertilizer or pesticides. She has thick, dark green, weed-free grass which requires frequent mowing. Her lawn is about as "no-brainer lawn care" as you could get.
Replacing lawn with a ground cover of rocks or large boulder accents cuts down on upkeep and the need for irrigation. In addition to adding a rugged look to your backyard, sand- or stone-based ground cover can double as a weed suppressor and foundation for stepping stones. Moreover, choose low-maintenance plants, like sedum or succulents, to plant in the rock garden for beautiful contrast.
A planter in a faux-lead finish is a timeless choice, but the cylindrical shape of these tall fiberclay urns gives them a distinctly modern and clean, geometric feel. This type of styling can work well in any décor because it focuses on familiar forms. Choosing a neutral tone or texture for your container helps bring out the unique natural beauty from the color of the flowers and foliage pop. Here, string of pearls creates plenty of architectural drama through their unique shape, while purple calibrachoa and blue ageratum add just the right dose of brightness to add depth to this subtle arrangement.

Figure Out Your Style Depending on the current condition of your yard and your desired end result, your gardening style may determine how much or how little you're able to accomplish with do-it-yourself landscaping. "A landscape is really a direct expression of a homeowner's tastes and attitudes, and it also can be a place that provides a thoughtful and deliberate spot for activities they wish to do," says Michael Miller, president of Walden Backyards.
Since opposites attract, this study in contrasts is a great combination of form and function. What was formerly a blank wall becomes a work of art with the addition of a planter. White flowers and black-green foliage are dramatic, echoing the Gothic style of the planter's decorative wrought-iron embellishments. The addition of the planter also creates another visual level for creativity to operate upon. Use this to bring in colors and tones that might otherwise be missing from your garden, or to bring in shapes and textures you’d like to repeat or reinforce. However you proceed, these stark opposites form a harmonious whole, leaving the plants to sing.
Although vertical gardening has been a trend in recent years, it’s becoming a permanent shift in how we think about gardening. Using vertical planes obviously makes sense for those who have limited horizontal space — apartment dwellers and condo owners, for example. But even those who have large properties can benefit from new and creative ideas for taking their gardens to lofty heights. Because many people think of vegetables and herbs as belonging in perfectly straight garden rows, it can be difficult to envision more creative approaches to planting them. Here are some fresh vertical gardening ideas to consider trying for yourself.
Being a homeowner is a big responsibility, and while there's plenty to take care of inside you home, don't forget about the outside, either. If you've ever looked into the cost of hiring a professional landscaper, you know they're not cheap. Fortunately, there are a slew of inexpensive and affordable DIY landscaping ideas at your disposal, so long as you're willing to get your hands a little dirty. From the front yard to the back, barbeque pits to bistro lights, here are 59 ways you can affordably improve your outdoor space.              
Being a homeowner is a big responsibility, and while there's plenty to take care of inside you home, don't forget about the outside, either. If you've ever looked into the cost of hiring a professional landscaper, you know they're not cheap. Fortunately, there are a slew of inexpensive and affordable DIY landscaping ideas at your disposal, so long as you're willing to get your hands a little dirty. From the front yard to the back, barbeque pits to bistro lights, here are 59 ways you can affordably improve your outdoor space.              
Beautiful and inspiring pictures, great principles, it gave me what I needed for my project. For people new to the details involved in plants, there's not a lot of information in this book, but that's not what it set out to achieve. It's a great 'one of many' you should have in your collection if directing your landscaping, or wanting to be part of the decision-making process.
The real difference between a project that you do yourself and one that is professionally done is performance, speed and repair. If you are looking only at how much money you can save, what does that matter if what you’ve done isn’t right? A landscaping project is one place where this thought is made clear. The act of sodding, planting trees, and creating flower beds, among other things, is back breaking, but doable. The knowledge can be learned by reading several books and studying up on different schools of thought, but you don’t need to know codes, understand how to calculate soil compaction, or cubic water pressure.
An essential feature in your design is outdoor garden lighting.  Exterior light fixtures can softly illuminate your garden in the evening for nighttime entertaining, as well as protect the safety of your guests by ensuring that pathways and dark corners are sufficiently lit.  With the vast amount of new products in 2017 garden décor styles it can be quite daunting to choose the type of lighting that is perfect for your outdoor space. A trend this year is garden solar lights because they come in a variety of finishes, types and prices and are also very easy and inexpensive to install since they require no additional cost for electricity or professional wiring.  The latest 2017 solar lighting collections feature options like faux stained glass insets or unique contemporary metal designs that can make these outdoor lights one of your best garden decorations.  Remember to choose the appropriate fixture style for the job – pathway lights are smaller and designed to focus light downward, while larger task and spot lights often require mounting in order to illuminate larger areas.

Let's hear it for elephant's ear! Its oversize leaves—the secret to this stately combination—create drama through scale. And they allow you to fill in the blanks with tiny, colorful flowers. This arrangement is set in a concrete urn with an aggregate texture to give it a weathered, antiqued finish.  You’ll love how the delicate flowers soften the feel of the urn itself. One of the beautiful wonders of elephant’s ear is that it flowers first, and then fruits. The fruit has been described as making the stem look like corn on the cob. Whatever you think, it looks gorgeous in your summertime container.
To make a terrarium, choose a glass container with an opening wide enough for your hand. Gently add an inch or two of washed, fine gravel. Top gravel with a thin layer of activated aquarium carbon. (You'll find both items at your local pet store.) Next, add moistened potting soil, and you'll be ready to plant. Create a collection of plants, or showcase just one. Good choices include ferns, succulents, mosses, miniature moth orchids, African violets, and kalanchoes. How often you need to water or fertilize your terrarium will depend upon the type of plants you choose, but this is a beautiful way to enjoy container gardening.
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Revamp a small patio by adding some funky plants or interesting patio furniture. Again, you could easily scale up or down depending on the space, but this type of revamping can be super simple if you’re using things you already have on hand or using things you are refurbishing. Have a bunch of old pots? Repaint them and add some of your favorite herbs for a tiny potted herb garden. Have an old coffee table? Stain it or add some cut out tiles to create your own mosaic outdoor patio table.
You don’t need to hire an architect or professional landscaper to get some interesting layout designs. With a little research and the help from photos like this one, you can easily see some ideas and recreate them to fit your own specifications. Cut out shapes in planters and sidewalk areas can offer an interesting yard focal point or even add to an already existing design. Use your imagination and cut shapes out to fit into your lawn via garden beds or even gravel and rocks.
Consider a Hybrid Approach It's a newer approach but one that Miller finds more and more landscape designers and homeowners using: a combination of professional installation and do-it-yourself landscaping. "Most homeowners either can conquer much more or much less than they think they can," Miller says. "They'll begin a project and get overwhelmed. So you really need to think if you want to spend your next ten weekends breaking your back, or have someone help you."
One of most popular 2017 trends in landscaping is incorporating lavish details like rock gardens, elaborate water features and striking decorative elements.  Water fountains for the garden provide a lavish touch and instantly make any space more elegant while the soothing sound of trickling water promotes relaxation in your outdoor sanctuary.  They come in a variety of designs and features, from smaller solar powered models that can even be mounted on a patio wall to grand electric pond fountains with complex pump systems. To add further creativity and elegance to your outdoor living space, inject design and excitement into forgotten corners of the yard with the addition of big garden statues and sculptures.  These striking décor items can even be utilized as the focal points in ponds, garden water features or colorful flower beds.  The latest lawn and garden edging ideas incorporate rocks to create patterns to draw attention to particular areas of your landscape.  Look to diyHomeDesignIdeas.com for rock garden landscaping ideas for inspiration of how to use varied sizes and shapes of rocks to give your outdoor space an exotic geometric feel.
Sometimes a single container can be all it takes to transform an outdoor space from dull to divine. This container, filled with 'Baby Tut' dwarf papyrus, elephant's ear, 'Blackie' sweet potato vine, and 'Vogue Audrey' mandevilla, is the ideal focal point or space filler in an area that receives full to partial sun. Any variety of these plants will work wonderfully well together: Just focus on color, texture, and shape to create a great arrangement in your preferred container. They will all do well together, and their beauty will beat the heat.
Building large retaining walls is not considered a DIY project. If you need a tall wall, chances are you have an erosion problem just waiting to happen and need to call on a professional. By contrast, though, simple terracing jobs are excellent DIY landscaping projects for beginners. After building small stone retaining walls, you can plant behind them, as you would for a raised bed.

Gardeners tend to have lots of landscaping ideas for plants and fewer for their hardscapes (nonplant materials). You can easily add a level of interest to your yard by incorporating a variety of materials. Here, the natural feel of lawn and cut flagstones makes for a delightful contrast against smooth Mexican beach pebbles and gravel. Note how the color of the flagstone mimics that of the beach pebbles and ties the two together; it's an example of using repetition.
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