New life for old concrete.

These California designers reused discarded concrete for handsome paths, patios, and garden steps Concrete, in its plain, gray form, lacks the quiet beauty of San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which … Read moreNew life for old concrete.

"Crazy paving," the English call it.

In mixing paving and plants, the options are unlimited: the effects can range from tidy, formal surfaces, ready to withstand regular foot traffic, to casual bursts of foliage and flowers between stones, brick, and tiles. But the end result is the same: lively garden floors that invite people to stand or walk amid the plants. … Read more"Crazy paving," the English call it.

Backyard Patio Design Ideas

Backyard patio design ideas are plentiful and abundant and highly specific to the tastes of the individual. Some people like their backyard patios to be designed for functionality, some want the most beautiful garden oasis you could imagine, other patio design plan center around leisure or relaxation. Whatever backyard patio designs you value the most you should take the time to research a number of design ideas to completely exhaust your options. Once you have a large array of design plans available you can pick and choose exactly what you want.

How To Design A Backyard Patio

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Great gardens with potted plants.

It’s easy to have a garden almost anywhere * Potted plants are magicians: They can turn Newport Beach, California Newport Harbor redirects here. For the MTV reality series, see . Newport Beach, incorporated in 1906, is a city in Orange County, California, 10 miles south of downtown Santa Ana.  (page 56), planted with flagstone flagstone: see … Read moreGreat gardens with potted plants.

Landscaping Ideas using Rocks and Stones

The possibilities, when using stones and rocks as decorating tools, are endless. Not only do the natural colors enhance the look and feel of any yard or garden, but a little landscaping, no matter how small can increase the esthetic appeal of your home and increase it’s value. Paths Creating a path, either from the … Read moreLandscaping Ideas using Rocks and Stones

Flower Bed Border: Flower Bed Edging Ideas

Flower bed borders give flower beds the perfect polished look, that any gardener aims for. They add to a garden’s style and landscaping. Flower bed edging not only provides the flower beds with good visual appeal, but they also provide for easy maintenance and the cutting down of mowing time. Flower bed edging also keeps … Read moreFlower Bed Border: Flower Bed Edging Ideas

Front and back makeover: how to maximize outdoor living spaces around your home.

DINING ALFRESCO on the coast usually calls for jackets to stave off the chilly air, especially on shaded patios. That’s why John and Libby Alexander located an outdoor dining area in their west-facing front yard–the sunniest part of their Santa Cruz, California, garden–and turned their backyard into a space for occasional entertaining. Before the renovation, … Read moreFront and back makeover: how to maximize outdoor living spaces around your home.

Houseplants: How to care for Calathea

There are many plant species in the Calathea plant family. Calathea zebrina (Zebra plant), Calathea insignis (Rattlesnake plant), Calathea makoyana (Peacock plant) are only a few of the more popular varieties available. The common names given to these plants typically refer to the ornate patterns found on the leaves. This plant family is known for … Read moreHouseplants: How to care for Calathea