Create a knockout yard with these strategies: Start with the big stuff:  Begin your planning by establishing focal points. These can include trees, big shrubs and tall ornamental grasses, as well as structures such as a gazebo, archway, pond, trellis or statue. Once these are in place, the rest of your landscaping can fill in around them.

20 Secrets to Landscape Success

Create a knockout yard with these strategies: Start with the big stuff: Begin your planning by establishing focal points. These can include trees, big shrubs and tall ornamental grasses, as well as structures such as a gazebo, archway, pond, trellis or statue. Once these are in place, the rest of your landscaping can fill in around them.

Outdoor Mirrors - great ideas for using mirrors in the garden to give the illusion of more space.

Outdoor Mirrors - great ideas for using mirrors in the garden to give the illusion of more space.

A simple arch (with gate!) leading into the deer-proof garden, with much longer pickets of the fence, would be lovely.  Don't need overly fancy stuff.

An Eclectic Beach Cottage

A simple arch (with gate!) leading into the deer-proof garden, with much longer pickets of the fence, would be lovely. Don't need overly fancy stuff.

Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' has superb evergreen foliage that looks good all year round, accompanied by large sprays of whitish pink, vanilla-scented flowers, deeper pink in bud, in early and mid-spring.

Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' has superb evergreen foliage that looks good all year round, accompanied by large sprays of whitish pink, vanilla-scented flowers, deeper pink in bud, in early and mid-spring.

Impatiens love the shade. This is a cool way to display them. Chicago Botanic Gardens

23 Creative DIY Fence Design Ideas

Impatiens love the shade. This is a cool way to display them. Chicago Botanic Gardens

A Weathered Retreat    A few pebbles threaded on a frayed, weathered string, triggered the inspiration for this tiny courtyard garden. My client had picked them up from a beach in Suffolk where the grasses on the sand dunes billow in the sea wind. The crumbly old brick wall cried out for weathered

A Weathered Retreat A few pebbles threaded on a frayed, weathered string, triggered the inspiration for this tiny courtyard garden. My client had picked them up from a beach in Suffolk where the grasses on the sand dunes billow in the sea wind. The crumbly old brick wall cried out for weathered

Dreamy floral lattice backdrop by Bows + Arrows for the wedding ceremony. Photo by Perez Photography.

Dreamy floral lattice backdrop by Bows + Arrows for the wedding ceremony. Photo by Perez Photography.

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