Fall Planters

Missouri and Mother Nature have a funny relationship. August was gorgeous and crisp and gave everyone a taste of fall. September has been hot and humid and ready for the pool again. Well until the days stay consistent and you are wanting to add some fall flair to your porch or patio, here are some inspiring fall planters.   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)...

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Courtyards

When I hear the word courtyard, I instantly think of a giant hotel brand. But what is a courtyard? The definition is that a courtyard is a circumscribed area, often surrounded by buildings that is open to the sky.   You typically would find a courtyard in office parks, hotels and outdoor shopping centers, but what about the residential home? How can you create a space to gather, sit, eat and relax on your property? Take a...

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Dahlias!

Peonies are the show stopping flower for the late Spring and early summer months, but have you been seeing all the hype of the late summer and early fall flowers of dahlias?! Dahlias are everywhere at the moment and one of the most on trend cut flowers for bridal arrangements, flower gardens and to just have cut for around the house. Cafe au Lait Dahlia   Dahlias come from tubers, just like peonies. Plant the tubers in the...

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Teaming Up

Architects, Project Managers, Builders, Interior Designers and Landscape Architects make a successful team when designing, building and selling a home. Each profession has extensive knowledge in their field and can make decisions that increase the value of the project.   Why collaborate with landscape architects and landscape designers?   [caption id="attachment_60240" align="alignnone" width="556"] Example of Front Yard Concept Design[/caption]   According to ASLA, the American Society of Landscape Architects, hiring a landscape architect can add as much as 15% to the...

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Total Eclipse of the Garden

The eclipse may be over, but the energy and excitement still lingers. Over at DG2 Design, designer Brad Priest wrote about tips on creating a moon garden for your back yard. And today at DG2 Home, we are posting flowers that have celestial names so your garden will be eclipse ready in 2024.   Solar Eclipse Rudbeckia.   Clematis Blue Eclipse.   Solar Eclipse Coral Bells   Echinopsis Eclipse   Eclipse sweet pea   Total Eclipse Hosta   Eclipse Peony   Lunar Eclipse Baptisia...

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Creative Concrete

Concrete doesn't have to be dull and grey. When planning your outdoor patio space, or other areas in which concrete is the ideal choice, look into options that bring a creative and eye catching look to your space. Prices range depending on the different stains and stamps, but talk it over with your contractor and see what works within your budget. Take a look at these examples and when you need to repair or have a...

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Those Summer Nights

Summer is wrapping up and fall is quickly approaching. With the weather cooling off in the next month or so (but this is Missouri, so who are we kidding?) spending evenings outside is priceless. What elements in your back yard would entice you to dine and converse and relax in your back yard? Outdoor grill? Fire pit? Pool? Pergola? So many options to add but a fire pit can be a simple addition. Take a look...

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Outdoor Classrooms

It's August! For many, it's back to school month. Who doesn't love sharpened pencils, new erasers and empty spiral notebooks? (Pocketbooks excluded).   School is almost here but that doesn't mean you have to wait for them to go to school to keep them learning. Take a look at these great ideas to bring an outdoor classroom to your back yard. This creates a fun learning environment, hands on activities and still bringing kids outside and away...

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Outdoor Rugs

Adding a rug to a room is like adding nail polish to your hands.   It just gives that extra layer of color and style and warmth. It hides flaws and creates a great overall appearance. So why not add outdoor rugs to porches and patios? Here are some inspiration ideas to get you thinking of that extra touch to your outside space.   (source) Black, white and green. Can't go wrong with that color combination. A black and white...

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Shade Trees

We are in the dog days of summer. Highs in the mid 90's and the humidity is unreal in the Midwest region. Like most new neighborhoods, trees are not developed and your backyard has little seedlings of trees. If you reside in an older and more established neighborhood, you are probably fortunate for large shady trees on your property.   So what trees are good for shade? What trees do you already have? Here are some quick...

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