4 the Yard
When it comes to slippery slopes, one thing you dont need is a steep learning curve. Thats why Sunset is releasing a new edition of its popular Hillside Landscaping book. Hundreds of photographs illustrate just how beautiful hillside gardens can be, accented with elements such as streams, terraces, and boulders. Step-by-step instructions guide you through basic construction techniques for walls, paths, steps, waterfalls, and more.
Hillside Landscaping: A Complete Guide to Successful Gardens on Sloping Ground
Forsythia-- The bright golden blooms of forsythia are practically synonymous with spring in much of the country. Northern gardeners should choose one of the cold-hardy selections, such as Meadowlark, which provides reliable bloom even after sub-zero winters. Name: Forsythia selections Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil Size: 2-15 feet tall; 3-9 feet wide Zones: 4-8
Bells like this are inexpensive and relatively easy to find.
A small trellised planter perfect for patios and corner accents. (clematis, tomatoes, morning glory)
Firepit with openings at the bottom for airflow and to keep feet warm. The perfect project for fall barbecues.
DIY Garden Stone. .. .. Stone material is cement. Be sure to rub mineral oil or vaseline on the leaf before pouring so that it separates easily from the cement. ~~I plan to do this with the DIY Hypertufa pin that is on my board on making your own planters. I think that would work better than cement. Can't wait to mix the two ideas.
For the backyard
Corsican Mint ~ Wonderful, mat forming groundcover that features tight green, aromatic foliage. Tiny lavender flowers in summer. Plant as a lawn substitution or between stones so that the gentle scent of mint is released when walked on. Excellent for front entryways and back patios. Will take moist areas as well as normal landscape scenarios and will reseed easily in the garden.
Mosquito grass (a.k.a. Lemon Grass) repels mosquitoes. The strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away. A very functional patio plant.
Replace seasonal plants... This method is used in many public gardens.