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

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.

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.

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 Create a Secret Garden

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

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.

All About Shade Trees

Plant one to boost property values, lower energy costs—and leave a lasting legacy

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.

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 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

5 Gorgeous Rock Landscaping Ideas

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

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.

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.

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.

All About Groundcover

Whether you’re looking for the best low maintenance or fastest growing groundcover for your lawn, these plants offer solutions to barren spots and spaces.

Fast-Growing Shade Trees

Here are our favorite fast-growing shade trees to keep you cool and give you privacy as well as ornamental beauty.


How to Design an Outdoor Kitchen

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

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.

All About Landscape Lighting

From selecting the best outdoor lights to setting them up, our experts share how to brighten up the outside of your house.


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


Understanding Chainsaw Safety Features

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

Low-Maintenance Landscaping Shrubs and Bushes

Our picks for the best landscaping shrubs and bushes that provide maximum beauty with minimal hassle.


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.

Drought-Resistant Ornamental Grasses

These ornamental grasses aren't only easy on the eyes; they're easy on the water bill, too


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


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

10 Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color

Brighten your yard with fiery red and yellow autumn foliage