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Tired of the same-old, same-old?

Molly Maguire of Molly Maguire Landscape Architecture offers some tips on how to turn your garden and backyard into a thing of beauty — and make it helpful for the environment too:

Marry form and function. Spend the extra time and dollars to invest in the crucial foundation infrastructure of your garden first. When conditions allow, celebrate it with beauty.

Honor the architecture on the site. Design to embrace, extend, accentuate the details of your home.

Embrace multiple important systems with a feature: Consider building a raingarden to filter storm water while providing beneficial habitat for birds and insects, and creating a vibrant garden focal point.

Create destinations in the garden. Locations to stroll to, meditate within, enjoy the views from.

Plant in layers for impact over multiple seasons. Balance flower and foliage color with overall plant form for dynamic planting beds.

Play with formality. Invite symmetry and order into a corner, or use it to guide the entire layout. It’s a classic garden design structure that endures in style forever.

Bring the sound of water into your garden. This blue urn creates a simple statement of beauty and it is plumbed above an invisible reservoir to capture and recirculate the water that flows over its rim.

Leave space for art.

Consider ducks! They are the new chickens! They lay eggs more regularly than chickens and are more heat- and cold-tolerant. They are healthier, their eggs are superior and they are undeniably cute.

Make the journey through your garden a delight. Create a path that is a pleasure to walk upon whether you are heading to take out the trash, or unwinding among rich plantings after a long day.

Screen unsightly elements with shrubs and constructed elements. Build a beautiful fence to enclose your vegetable garden, garbage cans, utility areas.



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