Backyard design guide

Glam up your backyard with inspiration from these amazing landscaping and design ideas

21 inspiring lawn-free yards

See how to ditch thirsty turf grass in favor of beautiful, easy-care gardens

Shady patio
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Lose the lawn: Great gardens without turf grass

Shady patio garden

A sycamore takes center stage in this lawnless California yard. Shade created by the tree keeps the patio cool while permeable paving, potted plants, and other design details keep watering to a minimum.

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