Backyard design guide

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

How to create a clutter-free garden

An Arizona landscaper shows how to banish clutter from your life (or at least your backyard)

The entryway to the home, featuring a frosted glass fence and tall palms.
Jennifer Cheung

Reclaim the entry

Every garden needs at least one area where you can shut out the world. This entry in a 1960s-modern home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, is that spot for landscape designer Brian Kissinger and his partner Todd McCandless.

Why it works: With its front gates closed (frosted-glass panes let in light), the courtyard becomes a private outdoor room. A canopy of date palms shades a small collection of subtropical plants and helps cool the space in summer.

Adapt the idea: Don’t have a whole courtyard to play with? Block off a corner near your entry with a trellis, train a vine to clamber over it, then tuck a bench behind.

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