Landscaping Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring landscaping ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.

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Celebrating Atlanta Landscapers

Brothers and fourth-generation landscapers Donald Jordan and David Jones work together every day, celebrating their love for landscaping and family tradition.
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What is Goat Grazing?

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey steps (carefully) outside his normal trade to show us an eco-friendly way to clear overgrown yards: goats with an insatiable appetite.

5 Best Pole Saws (2024 Guide)

Pole saws make pruning trees, bushes, and other plants simple and accessible. Find the best pole saw for your yard with the help of our top recommendations.

Types of Landscaping Rocks and How to Use Them

Learning the best ways to use these popular landscaping rocks will lend both style and utility to your yard or garden. And with plenty of options for different types of spaces, most DIY gardeners and landscapers will be able to find something to turn their yard into an elegant escape. But knowing which stones to use for a project can be critical, and this guide aims to help.

Creative Groundcover Combinations

Why settle for a one-note planting when there’s so much variety to try? Here’s how to weave a tapestry of low-growing perennials that will beautify your yard.

Perennials That Bloom Every Year

With their ornamental beauty and adaptable natures, many perennial garden favorites are worth a second look for their resiliency in an era of weather extremes.

5 Gorgeous Rock Landscaping Ideas

Consider the various ways of using rocks in your landscape design—and the many benefits.

How to Build a Kitchen Garden

A symmetrical design of raised beds grows out of a blank patch of turf­, adding beauty and productivity to the landscape.

Low-Maintenance Fruit Trees to Grow in Your Yard

If you’ve ever fantasized about growing a fruit tree, it’s entirely possible, even if you don’t have acres of land. A small backyard or even a pot on a balcony will do.

Outdoor Rooms Roundup

Looking to eke a little more living out of your backyard patch of green? As the past year has made clear, outdoor spaces are vital to our well-being­—and they can double our dining, entertaining, and hangout space. Here’s how three couples created a bit of paradise in their own backyards.
Rhododendron growing in front of a house

6 Budget-Friendly Landscaping Projects

When a house needs a lot of attention, the yard can get short shrift. Here are some budget-friendly ways to improve your great outdoors.

A Complete Guide to Autumn Cherry Trees

Autumn cherry trees reveal their stunning pink-white blossoms in early spring—and do an encore in fall.

The Best Grass That Grows in Shade

Learn the secrets of growing a lush lawn in low light—from selecting hardy shade-tolerant species to providing them with tender loving care.

Everything‌ ‌You‌ ‌Need‌ ‌to‌ ‌Know‌ ‌About‌ ‌Tri-Color‌ Dappled‌ ‌Willow‌ ‌Trees

Tri-color dappled willow trees are stunning, with gracefully arched branches and new growth that shifts from a lustrous pale pink to whitish-green.

Everything You Need to Know About Weeping Willow Trees

Weeping willow trees are a classic for a reason—these gently arching beauties add drama and elegance to any landscape.

How to Design an Outdoor Kitchen

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada discusses the common elements she includes in outdoor kitchen designs.
Backyard Garden

Create Your Best Yard Yet

Getting ahead of your yard work is the difference between enjoying the seasonal rituals of planting, weeding, and deadheading—and falling behind and making the whole thing feel like drudgery. Read this guide to learn what you can do to create your ideal yard.

Touring the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada travels to Washington D.C. to see the Cherry Blossom Festival.

How to Create a Vertical Garden for Small Spaces

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a vertical garden to maximize space for a homeowner

How to Create a Secret Garden

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada cleans up an overgrown garden and redesigns it as a secret garden

Understanding Chainsaw Safety Features

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains safety features built into all chain saws

All About Fire Pits

From lightweight metal bowls that set up anywhere to fixed masonry wells that are a gather-round feature on a patio or a patch of grass, fire pits extend the outdoor-living season in style. Here’s how to choose one for your own space.

How to Plant a Living Privacy Screen

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner plant a living privacy screen.

How to Find Inspiration for Your Landscape Projects

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada walks Kevin through the process of pulling inspiration for a landscape design.

How to Transform Your Landscape Using Existing Plants

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada uses a homeowner’s existing plants and a few additions to transform the look of a house’s foundation

A Green and Serene Water-Thrifty Landscape

Sculptural shrubs, verdant groundcovers, and dappled sunlight create the magic in this canyon-hugging property in Los Angeles.

Ask This Old House: Roger Cook’s Greatest Hits

Over the years, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook has shown countless homeowners how to care for their trees

A Suburban Lot Turns into Magical Garden Rooms

Here's how an ordinary suburban lot became a nature playground for kid and adults alike—with ideas anyone can use

How to Make Maple Syrup Like a Pro

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada heads to Vermont to learn about making maple syrup commercially and at home

Ask Roger: Using Landscape Edging

Learning about landscape edging with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

All About Garden Fountains

Adding the pleasing sights and sounds of flowing water to your backyard can transform it into a relaxing retreat

Grow Little Fruit Trees for Big Rewards

An ingenious pruning method for growing an orchard in a small backyard

A Garden Designer's Favorite Shrubs

8 no-fail garden beauties for all-season performance