Landscape Basics

Learning the landscaping basics will help you create the beautiful yard you've always wanted. Find landscaping design ideas that can add charm, welcoming color, and foliage to your yard. No matter what your goals -- and your needs -- there's a landscape plan for you.

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Replace Your Boring Downspout with a Decorative Rain Chain

Opt for the prettier rain-redirecting method. Install a rain chain to avoid a wet trouble spot under the downspout, and plant an annuals-filled garden plan centered around the rain chain.

Expert Drainage Tips That Will Save You Money in the Long Run

'Dr. Drainage' Ryan Larsen shared the insider scoop on landscaping drainage problems (and how to avoid them!).

Best Plants for Slopes

Sloped yards can pose planting and landscaping problems. Incline issues are easily remedied with the right plants that are built to thrive on slopes.

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How to Create a Dry Creek

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This dry stream bed looks so natural, you'd think it had always been part of the landscape. Watch drainage woes disappear when you make this water-diverting, eye-catching feature in your yard.

A Simple, Welcoming Dooryard Garden

A dooryard garden, or garden in front of the house, is the perfect way to welcome guests. This entry perennial garden features easy-care plants that will look good year-round in your front entryway.

5 Ways to Landscape with Ornamental Grass

Ornamental grasses are tough and long-lasting. See five ways to let their beauty add color and texture to your garden.