A guide to the ultimate summer garden

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You do not Illuminate your burrow with a single spotlight. And you will certainly rethink your bedroom before painting it in an apparently disturbing bright red. But as soon as the homeowner goes out of the back door, even the most discriminating person can lose a sharpened aesthetic. “It’s important to think of an outdoor space with the same logic as indoors,” said New York designer Christina Nielsen, who recently rebuilt her patio.

Add lighting, soothe with planting, and think of decoration as you would in a living room. In these five stories, landscape professionals and interior designers have a strategy to correct wheelbarrow-equivalent patio, deck, and garden mistakes and ask their neighbors if they want to work on their next garden.

New Home Garden Trends — Landscaping for Mild Anxiety

For centuries, Japanese monks have benefited from contemplative conspiracy. Clients are now looking for landscape architects to create gardens that create a sensually calming sanctuary with elements such as sound, scent, and movement, rather than relying on flashy flowers. This is their way.


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Outdoor lighting tips to make your garden look like a luxury resort

Many of us upgraded our outdoor spaces last spring and summer: sections, fire pits, pieces. However, few have invested in well-designed and well-executed lighting. Designers advise that you should follow the same concept as indoor lighting: careful layering. From wall-mounted sconces and LED chandeliers to stepped-embedded articulated floor lamps and light bulbs, we’ve put together the best ways to raise your garden with high-quality lighting.


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Five Worst Patios to Make Mistakes-and How to Avoid them

There are no soulless seating sets, fake plants, or single-season furniture on your patio, professionals say. Designers and architects share the five shortcomings of outdoor decoration they most often see and the antidotes.



Growing roses for beginners: the secret to success in the garden

Have you ever been sick of roses because of the bad reputation of the roses? Matthew Norman, Missouri Botanical Garden Rosalian, and Peter Schneider, editor of the rose authority The Combined Rose List, share advice for beginner Rosalians. Plus: A list of the best roses in five categories, including scents and colors.



How to grow a countryside garden without a garden

You dream of a cutting garden, but do you have a parcel to plant it? no problem. Flowering plant pots can be grouped to create the richness that even the most barren cement slabs create a compelling garden. In fact, container gardens have many advantages over planting on the real earth.

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