Beautiful Yards and Gardens

January 17, 2022
House with beautiful yard and

A beautiful pergola, softened with climbing vines, shades this southwestern patio. Next, the view from inside the patio. Design by HGTV fan scott10.

A pleasing mix of gardening styles: a splash of green turf next to a Xeriscaped area. In the back, a pueblo-style ladder leans against the wall. Design by HGTV fan scott10.

Before: A major landscape design will require a tight fit — the narrow backyard is only 20 feet from patio to wall.

After: HGTV fan DesignerDeb2 and her husband managed to fit a tropical paradise into their narrow backyard. The lap pool is 35 feet long and only 8 feet wide in places.

Before: The small patio could use some serious love.

After: The small patio has been expanded, resurfaced and transformed into a comfortable outdoor living space. Design by HGTV fan Donna1943.

Before: The yard is a blank slate.

After: Eleven years after the first plants were put in, HGTV fan Donna1943 and her husband enjoy a beautiful, mature backyard, with plenty of color and texture.

Before: Topography will determine the location of the patio in this Colorado backyard.

After: The 500-square-foot stone patio nestles on the hillside below the house. "On ... summer days the house provides shade by 6 pm for an enjoyable setting with golf entertainment below, " writes HGTV fan Mtn-Livin.

Before: Rampant plant growth, including wisteria, has taken over this back porch.

After: Taming the plants reveals a beautiful sitting porch that has a view of the new backyard. Design by HGTV fan leylaj.

A beautiful pergola extends the outdoor living space in this backyard that was designed by HGTV fan rm04.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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