Water Fountains and Ponds
- Simple and Low Cost Water Features – This is a great fact sheet on multiple different kinds of cheaply made water fountains.
- Backyard Ponds and Water Features – This guide features installation procedures and advice on where to put your pond.
- Water Gardens – Water Gardens are another man-made water feature that specifically house water plants like lily pads.
- Building Your Own Tabletop Water Fountain – This type of water fountain can sit on a table, lay on a railing, or bubble near an entryway.
- Fountains and Feng Shui – As explained in this article, water elements can increase the flow of positive energy or “chi”.
Trees and Shade Plants
- Small Trees for the Home – These instructions are great for learning how to plant, pot and care for small trees grown from scratch.
- Tree Placement on Home Grounds – It’s hard to know where the sun will be in September in the middle of July. This article contains great tips on how to find a good place to plant your tree.
- Large Shrubs or Small Trees for the Home Landscape – This listing contains some of the better, fuller trees and shrubs.
- Gardening for the Senses/The Sensual Garden – This article has tips on how to create a sensual garden, which you can taste, smell, touch, and hear. When planting a garden with smell in mind, you can always u se herbs like rosemary, which can be used in cooking.
- Fragrance Garden – Flower Profiles – Some common fragrant plant profiles are listed by the month that they bloom at this link.
- Fragrance Gardens – This link contains a podcast as well as another listing for great fragrant plants.
- Our Favorite Fragrant Plants – The top nine fragrant plants are chosen by Country Living.
Outdoor Umbrellas and Pergolas
- Sun Umbrellas – Care and Cleaning – A guide to care and cleaning for your patio sun umbrella. Store your umbrella in a safe place during any high-wind weather.
- Traditional Uses for Arches and Pergolas – A great way to make shade and create privacy is the pergola, which can also be used with climbing plants like ivy.
- An Arbor can be a Great Addition to a Garden – Arches and arbors provide a great walkway entrance into your garden, creating a grandiose doorway. Guests who walk through can feel overwhelmed as they walk into your outdoor “room”.
Creating Borders with Flowers
- Flower Garden Design Basics – This link includes some simple bits of advice regarding garden design. A great way to start is to sketch your ideas in wide shapes.
- 10 Steps to Great Flower Borders – These tips are essential for creating your flower borders. Try to create color contrasts while developing year-round plant combinations.
- Flower Bed: Planning the Flower Border – Advice in this article is also very essential. Use sweeping curved lines for your flower border, and keep in mind periods of blooming.
- Landscaping with Flowers – This guide includes definitions of common terms like perennials and biennials.
- Buying Guide: Choose the Best Outdoor Rug for Your Patio – Keep materials, shape and patterns in mind while shopping for your outdoor rug. Try to make your patio seem like an outdoor “room” by matching the rug with your patio furniture.
- Sierpinski’s “Carpet” – Patio design often involves tiles, and tiles can sometimes create a luscious, carpet-like feel for the outdoors as well.
- Designing and Installing Outdoor Lighting – What’s the point of all of this work if you can’t enjoy it at night? There are many different sizes, kinds and shapes of light that can be cast with multiple types of light sources. Use up-lights, path lights and backlights to dramatize your space.
- Landscape Lighting – This short article features some light design tips. For instance, play with shadows in your garden as much as light.
- Mason Jar Candles – The warm glow of candles from nearby trees can create a soft, charming, magical environment for your garden, and these mason jar candle holders are so very easy to make.
- Candle Safety Tips – Many, many people use candles and heaters outside. Candles create a homey feeling in your outdoor “room”, but please remember your fire safety!
Potting Plants and Vases
- Flower Pots and Stands – Pots and stands can be interesting and exciting. Use a combination of hanging plants, pots on vintage stands, and window boxes to create a classic look.
- Choosing a Container for Planting – When finding a great container for your plants – drainage is king!
- 100 Container Gardening Ideas – There are a hundred ideas for your potted plants in this list, but there are thousands of combinations!
- Planting Container-grown Plants – Often times pots are a training ground for plants. This is a great guide for transplanting potted plants to the open ground.
- Stucco and Cement Garden Wall – This is a simple how-to on creating a simple stucco and cement wall for outdoors.
- Create a Living Wall – A “living” wall can be created with vertical-growing plants and a base. Living walls are used now in industry buildings as well as homes.
- How to Choose and Maintain Climbing Plants – This is a great guide for “climbing” plants, or plants that grow vertically, that can help you with your “living” wall or create a canopy along your pergola or arbor.
- Types of Ivy – This is a list of common types of ivy and their uses.
- Building Stone Walls – A stone wall is a great way to improve your landscape design, create a border or develop privacy.
Miscellaneous Patio Tips and Ideas
- Less Toxic Insecticides – Pests can be an issue of your landscape depending on where you live. This is a list for some common home insecticides.
- Frost Protection for Plants – If you live in a very cold area, some plants may not do so well in the harsh winter. This is a guide to frost protection for at-risk plants.
- Stepping Stones and Garden Paths – Stepping stones were used in Japanese tea ceremonies, but now they are a common feature of many gardens.
- Patioscaping: Create Your Backyard Retreat – Oprah’s guide includes 6 tips for designing your patio.
- Find Sanctuary from Summer Heat in the Backyard – This guide also includes some design advice, but features advice for hot or pest-ridden climates.
- An Argument Against Patio Heaters – Patio heaters are a great way to continue to use your patio in the late fall or early spring, but have a huge carbon footprint.