Garden Walls Come Alive with Color and Texture

Washington Post. April 30, 2013. By Sarah Wolfe for the Associated Press: Looking for a fresh way to liven up your garden walls? Think plants, not paintings. Living pictures — cuttings of assorted succulents woven together in everything from picture frames to pallet boxes — have caught on among garden designers and landscapers this spring as an easy, modern way to add color and texture to an outdoor space.

Patios and Walkways: Do It Now, Do It Fast, Do It Right

Tauton Press. Copyright 2013. An attractive walkway or terrace dramatically improves a home’s curb appeal and livability. In many older homes, walkways and terraces need updating or replacement, and new homes are often sold without these enhancements. The projects illustrated in Patios and Walkways, from rustic stone paths to handsome new patios, can be completed within 1-3 days and are explained step-by-step…

What Not to Plant Around Your House

New Home Source. February 15, 2013. By Patricia Garcia: With spring on its way, you may have some grand ideas for your lawn or garden. Maybe you want to add some flowers for color or plant a tree for some shade. Before you do, make sure that the plants you choose are right for you and your home.

Plants are living things and require maintenance as they grow, says Los Angeles landscape designer Cassy Aoyagi. Needs will vary by plant and plant type, so it’s important to identify what you want from your lawn and what you can accommodate in your lot.