If you love making fresh flower arrangements, planting a cutting garden is the best way to ensure you always have an abundance of beautiful, homegrown flowers on hand. Full post here: http://www.longfield-gardens.com/article/Top-10-Flower-Bulbs-for-Cutting-Gardens
Inexpensive 16-in x 16-in patio stones surrounded by pea gravel form a low-maintenance patio. Dig out and level the base, then place the stones and gravel. With basic tools and beginner skills, a small patio can be completed in one or two weekends. It’s a practical no-water alternative to a lawn too.