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)

Arizona garden path
Photography by Jennifer Cheung

Make a park out of a path

Kissinger made his entry path feel more like a nature trail than a garden walk. Thyme grows between steps; boulders, cactus, and rosemary fringe the path’s edges.

Why it works: Even before his guests get to the house, wide steps (made of concrete aggregate) encourage them to slow down and enjoy the garden.

Adapt the idea: If your yard doesn’t have enough sun for thyme, tuck Corsican mint or Japanese sweet flag between your steps or pavers; both have scented foliage. Stagger your pavers to slow the “journey.”

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