Gardeners know digging, planting, harvesting and even viewing a garden is good for the mind, body and spirit. It improves strength and flexibility, lowers blood pressure and elevates our mood. And this is true for all members of the family from the very young to the more seasoned.
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Photo from Longfield-Gardens.com Plan now for a memorable grand finale in this year’s garden. Dahlias are spring-planted bulbs with big, colorful flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer to the first fall frost.
We would all love to boast about having the best garden in the neighborhood, but unfortunately getting one isn’t as simple as talking about it. It takes serious dedication and hard work to have an amazing garden. If you’re not planning on hiring a landscape gardener to design it and create it all for you, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an amazing garden.
Today's advancements in pool patio materials have eliminated the plain concrete patios so many of us grew up with. Now, a pool patio can dramatically improve your home's landscape design. The choices are endless, but I've covered some of my favorites here. Each has pros and cons, so talk with your contractor or pool designer beforehand so you know what works best for your backyard.
Who doesn’t love looking at their lush green landscaping every morning? Come rain or shine, surely it’s always a complete pleasure. Next door, the neighbours are jealous. They are wondering how it’s kept so green. Here’s a few tips on how you can continue surprising people.
Firescaping incorporates the design of the landscape and property surrounding a home to lessen its susceptibility to fire. This can be achieved through a well-thought-out landscape design plan that specifies less combustible plants, incorporates fire-resistant materials and follows the advice and guidelines determined by fire-safe organizations.
Water in the garden is magical; even more so when it's adjacent to the house, requiring us to cross it to reach the front door. Maybe the magic comes from childhood stories of castles and moats, but moats certainly don't exist only in castles.
A glass-edge infinity rooftop pool designed by Choeff Levy Fischman has unparalleled views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami – even when you’re underwater. Photo by Lifestyle Production Group
It’s always good to be able to spend time outside in your garden. However, if your back yard is overlooked, your neighbors are never far from your mind. Especially if you have little ones living with you. But there are some ways you can have some privacy in your yard. Here are some small changes to make your garden a private haven.
With a deck, the flow of living doesn’t have to be interrupted when you reach the door. The transition outside can be seamless, and the party never has to pause. These recent most popular decks on Houzz, which include platform, raised and cantilevered outdoor structures, reveal just that.
I was recently meeting with clients to discuss a rear yard landscape plan, and their 7-year-old son was sitting in. To keep him busy, they cued up Houzz on their iPad and let the boy’s imagination run wild through a photo search. What was he looking at? Pool slides, of course.
While most pools are designed to create a certain theme, such as tropical, modern, or classic, your pool doesn’t have to be limited to one kind of look or purpose. With the right pool features, control settings, lighting, and some creativity, your pool can go from family fun to chic and sophisticated with the flip of a switch.
A couple of busy San Francisco design professionals wanted a weekend getaway that embraced everything that makes the Napa Valley wine country lifestyle so relaxing. A complete remodel of their home and yard means that when they turn into their driveway, they enter a private oasis that starts just beyond the sidewalk.
Traditional water features only scratch the surface of what water can do in the landscape. It is the elixir of life for plants, and it sculpts rock and soil into the wondrous patterns that inspire our designs. It also sculpts our moods and soothes our emotions.
There’s something magical about moving water and its ability to influence our emotions and moods, from the joyful leaping water of a fountain, to the exciting rush of a waterfall, to the relaxing lull of a babbling brook. And when moving water is harnessed in a poolscape, the results are no less interesting and dramatic.
Concrete is a versatile material that can be colored, polished, stained, even stamped with patterns. It can be seeded with colorful rocks or glass and polished to appear as terrazzo. These techniques can even be combined to create a one-of-a-kind pool deck.
It’s important to choose the right mosaic mounting system for the project. The three common options include mesh (back) mounted, plastic film (face) mounted, and paper (face) mounted. The paper face system is the only one that affords 100 percent contact with the setting material while allowing total creative freedom for refined mosaic work.
Considerations when selecting tiles for pool designs include tile size and dimensional ratios. Large format glass tiles have been known to fracture along the waterline as a result of thermal shock. Long rectangular shapes can be less stable at the center of the tile, prone to fracturing especially if installation methods are substandard.
Imagine a quiet afternoon of poolside relaxation. As calmness settles on the water’s surface, thousands of jewel-like mosaics glisten from below, adding to the setting’s tranquility. That is what glass tile does: each piece transforms the pool into a matchless display of serene elegance and elevates the setting to the pinnacle of luxury.
Regardless of your budget or tastes, the pool’s structural engineer will dictate which deck materials are acceptable for your yard. Many sites and soil conditions require the collection of surface water to prevent soil movement or the swelling of expansive soils that can lead to structural damage, heaved decks, or site instability.
A custom water fountain can dramatically enhance the visual appeal of your home and landscape. Placed in a courtyard garden, at your home’s front entrance, on the backyard terrace, or incorporated into your luxury pool, a fountain adds a captivating focal point that engages the senses with the soothing sound and sight of its cascade.
The area around your swimming pool is one of the most important parts of your poolscape. Not only is it where everyone congregates while poolside, it also plays a key role in defining your pool’s personality and style.
Open to the sky but enclosed for privacy, a courtyard garden provides a peaceful, secluded spot in your outdoor room for quiet relaxation, intimate conversation, or private dining.