Backyard Landscaping Ideas Swimming Pool Design From 82nd Airborne When installing a swimming pool, there is a vast area of "negative space" that can serve as the canvas for a landscape designer's masterpiece.  Intergrated, holisitic approaches to landscape design with...

7 Ways to Design a Garden That Flows and Intrigues

From Houzz

Transform a staccato yard into a smooth and relaxing delight by mastering the art of garden transitions

One of the main principles of landscape design is to make the space orderly and direct traffic patterns as well as to direct the eye of the beholder.  When executed properly, a well-designed space will have order, rhythm, and usefullness that relates to the homeowner's lifestyle.  When not executed optimally, the backyard can feel stunted, compartmentalized, and separate.  This post from Houzz presents 7 tips to re-visualize one's backyard with these flowing and uniting principles in mind.

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Landscape Design

From Landscape Planet

There is no better way to maximize the home ownership experience than to undertake an outdoor landscape design project.  Not only will a properly designed and fabulous landscape give one's home curb appeal, it will make the experience of spending time inside and outside the home much more enjoyable.  Undertaking a landscape design project can be intimidating, which is why this post from Landscape Planet is so useful.  In this post, some very simple steps to take and to understand will make this process easy, smooth, and enjoyable from start to finish.

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Landscape Lighting Ideas

From Landscaping Network

Designing an inground swimming pool or outdoor living space is complicated, involving many moving parts.  What most people don't realize is that with all the energy placed into space allocation, traffic patterns, swimming pool placement, plant species, material choices for hardscape, grading, drainage, etc. etc.,;precious little energy is often placed into the nighttime use of the space.  Skilled designers realize that after the sun goes down, the fun really begins.  Properly designed and installed landcape lighting is crucial to enjoy and accentuate a sublime landscape design after dark.  This post from Landscaping Network discusses the finer points of landscape lighting design to ensure that your own backyard paradise doesn't go dark when the sun goes down.

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Outdoor Living with Water Gardens

From Hometalk

Water has too many amazing qualities to list succinctly.  Adding water to any landscape design or outdoor living space can provide the soothing background noise required to soften a space, or can tie disparate elements together naturally.  Flowing, bubbling, or cascading water can be the difference between a cookie cutter landscape design and a sublime melding of outdoor living elements.  This post from Hometalk gives some great examples of how to incorporate a natural water garden to any outdoor space, and shows the spectacular results that can be achieved with proper planning and design.

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