Backyard design guide

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

How to landscape for your needs

Find ingenious designs for specific functional needs, from fire-fighting plants to laying out a stellar kitchen garden

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A backyard for a foodie

3 DIY backyards to suit your lifestyle

Foodie? City dweller? Nature lover? Get inspiration for designing your own outdoor retreat


500-square-foot urban oasis

23 small yard design solutions

Is your yard or garden small on space? Get big ideas for making the most out of your outdoor sanctuary


Lush fire-safe garden

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


Incorporating earth-friendly elements

7 ways to design a sustainable garden

Incorporate recycled materials and resource-minded practices for a stylish, earth-friendly retreat


After: A spot no one wants to leave

6 ingenious ways to recreate your home outside

See how a small backyard became a series of outdoor rooms, maximized for comfort and fun


Neighbor-friendly garden

How to create a movie-lover's yard

See how a couple turned their yard into the neighborhood's most popular theater


The ultimate outdoor living space

How to create 4 outdoor rooms in a small backyard

One garden, 4 outdoor rooms--this small Northern California backyard has it all. Plus: Outdoor room design tips


Flowers and veggies

Farmers' market-style garden

Raised beds mix flowers with veggies in this Washington kitchen garden


After: An entertainer's dream

How to design an entertainer's yard

See how one garden, full of challenges, becomes a series of low-maintenance, party-ready rooms


Lush look

Ideas for an all-season garden

See how colorful foliage and accents keep this Northwest garden lush all year


Downhill garden

4 solutions for a sloped yard

Terraces and plants make the most of a downhill garden. Here are 4 great ideas you can adapt in other sloped yards


Bistro patio

How to design a backyard bistro

Side-by-side patios invite casual dining and conversation in Tucson. Get 5 great ideas from this yard


Lush look

Lush look, less lawn

Get more planting space by shrinking your turf. 6 tips from a Northwest garden


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

The case for a clutter-free garden

See why less is more in this Arizona oasis



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