Thursday, February 9, 2012

Balcony and Roof Top Gardening

If you don't have a ground-level yard, a balcony or rooftop can supply space for growing and gathering.

By Kelly Roberson (Better Home and Garden Magazine)

Sky-High View
    A rooftop patio space offers soothing respite.
    Gravel is an interesting alternative to hard-surface flooring. It provides a softer floor for feet and offers excellent drainage, too.
    Built-in brick planters create a textural counterpoint to the poured concrete walls.
    In tall spaces such as rooftops, trees are essential for shade and privacy.
    Select sturdy outdoor furniture that can hold up to high winds and other tough weather.
    A soft groundcover shields the ground around the container-planted trees.

An Intimate Nook
    A small balcony provides a just-right open-air hideout.
    There are a host of all-weather rugs that are beautiful and heavy-duty. This one picks up on the neutral palette in the cushions.
    In place of built-ins, furniture placement orients the view on this balcony.
    Dwarf tree and shrub varieties are top picks for balconies; they offer contained growth while softening the edges of a landscape.
    Another good option for balconies: moveable benches, which provide both extra seating and table surface.
    To stash outdoor accessories in the off-season, acoffee table opens up for storage.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Front Yard Landscape Secrets

Front Yard Landscape Secrets

Add value to your home by increasing curb appeal with an attractive, functional, front-yard landscape.