11 October 2012

{Gardens Plans; Some Ideas}

Create a beautiful garden in any yard with our landscaping ideas, garden plans, and plant recommendations from Country Living Magazine.

Feast your eyes upon the potager of our dreams, designed by Jon Carloftis and overflowing with amazing edible plants handpicked by the nation's best chefs. 

Sean Conway's got nothing against flowers, but it's the garden designer's way with foliage that makes his Rhode Island spread sing.

Forget about traditional foundation plantings. Why not dress up the front of your house with a carefree mixture of trees, shrubs, and perennials?

How about perking up that drab Zone 5 to 8 patio or terrace with a sundial and some compact flowering plants? All you have to do is remove a few of the pavers and plant a few sprawling perennials.

Our ongoing romance with roses grows deeper with every generation, and most "mind's eye" gardens would surely include at least a few rose specimens. But roses are twice as appealing when partnered with complementary perennials.

Nothing dresses up a home like fresh flowers, and growing them yourself is an added bonus. This small raised-bed cutting garden, edged with low picket fencing, will provide cut flowers for many weeks and can be tailored to your color preferences.

Plant a screen of evergreens to hide eyesores, enhance your property, and provide privacy year-round.

{Illustration Credits: Michelle Buhard}

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