Groundcovers

Mulch and rocks are typically the material of choice when covering a planting bed, but have you ever thought about making more of a living bed? There are so many ground covers that can choke out weeds and create a nice mass planting look for...

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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...

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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...

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Backyard Pergolas

The summer months are time for grilling, swimming and being outside. Creating a backyard oasis takes time and lots of layers, but a good start is to create a space for gathering. Patios are great, but why not take the extra step and have a...

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Beacon Hill Beauties

Traveling is so important. When you travel as a designer, you open your mind to different climates, textiles, landscape and materials. As a traveler, you experience new smells, tastes, cultures and people. You don't even have to go far from home to experience the joys...

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What’s Popping?

It's spring time and we have had a crazy one at that.   Snow, heat, rain and cold has confused some of the spring time plants. Regardless, plants are blooming and allergies are abundant. Have you been walking or driving around asking yourself what trees are those?...

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Retaining Walls in the Landscape

Does your space have a steep slope? Do you need to deter some drainage or control erosion? Retaining walls can be a great option for your landscape.   There are several DIY tutorials and resources for building your own, however, retaining walls when built incorrectly can break...

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Send Me Plants!

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, let's skip the chocolate and send roses. Not cut roses, but rose shrubs!   Planting rose shrubs after the last frost in spring is the perfect time to plant. Otherwise, at least 10 weeks before the first frost in the fall. And...

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Let’s Go Play Outside!

Do you remember the days of going outside and not coming in until your clothes were filthy and it was dinner time? According to many studies and articles, kids are not getting the amount of outdoor play time as they should. Sure, technology can be...

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Turf Wars

My husband, in his past career, designed golf courses. So naturally, he loves a good manicured lawn. It is now his hobby to care and maintain our lawn, to create that perfect expanse of green turf.   But how about for those who want a little less maintenance...

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