Backyard design guide

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

How to design a fire-resistant garden

This San Diego yard is verdant––and resists wildfires. Follow its lessons for creating your own gorgeous, fire-smart landscape

Floss silk trees
Photo by Jennifer Cheung

Go lush

Fleshy-leafed (and water-retaining) plants are good choices for fire-wise gardens.

Dotting the poolside landscape, pictured here, are nearly black aeoniums around a tall tree aloe, plus agaves, and ​a floss silk tree (Ceiba speciosa)—whose trunk ​is studded with water-storing prickles.


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