Trends in Backyard Design: What's Hot Now

Update your patio, deck or backyard with what's new in outdoor design.

Flowering Plants near Stone Walkway

Mainstream Sustainability

Low-maintenance gardens, drought-tolerant plants and less turfgrass have become the norm in landscape design. Homeowners now assume sustainable design will be a major part of the plan — both for economic and environmental reasons. In this California design by Barbara Paul, plants were chosen not only for their gorgeous cottage-garden beauty but also for their tolerance of dry summers and wet winters.

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