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HGTV's Outdoor Design Guide

Swamp Milkweed

Welcome monarch butterflies with swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), a native plant that offers nectar for adult butterflies and leaves for caterpillars. Swamp milkweed grows best in full sun and thrives in boggy or moist soil. Flowers appear mid- to late summer and beckon loads of pollinators—bees, beneficial insects and hummingbirds. Give plants a spot in full sun. This low-maintenance plant makes a good choice for rain gardens, butterfly gardens or cottage borders. Deer-resistant plants grow 4 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-8.

Photo By: Julie Martens Forney

Joe Pye Weed

Add color to your garden from midsummer to early fall with the towering blooms of joe pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum). This native plant boasts a low-maintenance personality, resists rabbits, and adapts to heavy clay or boggy soil with ease. Give it a spot in full sun to part shade. It makes a great back- of-the-border plant or rain garden player. Flowers attract pollinators like crazy, including bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. Cut plants back by one-third in early summer to promote branching and more flowers. Plants grow 5 to 7 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.

Photo By: Julie Martens Forney

Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus

King Tut dwarf Egyptian papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) adds a touch of the tropics—and Dr. Seuss-like fun—to any garden. Grow it in a pot, planting bed, water garden or stream-side planting. It loves moisture, but take care not to submerge the crown or growing point. Keep it in water just a few inches deep. Papyrus grows quickly, and the more moisture that’s available, the faster it grows. Plants reach 18 to 30 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 9-11. In cold zones, overwinter plants in pots indoors through winter.

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Louisiana Iris

A true water-loving plant, Louisiana iris grows in up to 4 inches of water. ‘Black Gamecock’ is a variety that opens 4- to 6-inch blooms with deep purple petals marked with a brilliant gold stripe. It’s an award winning variety that’s ultra-easy to grow. Plants multiply rapidly in ideal growing conditions. Despite the name, Louisiana iris is hardy as far north as Maine. Look for varieties with flowers in many hues, including purple and blue shades, red, white, yellow and brown. Plants grow 24 to 36 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-10.

Photo By: Niels Mulder for PerennialResource.com

‘Fireworks’ Goldenrod

For outstanding fall color, include easy-growing ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’) in your garden. Low-maintenance and deer-resistant, goldenrod unfurls tiny, bright yellow blooms on horizontal branches that add color from late summer well into fall. This is a super pollinator plant, attracting all kinds of bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. Flowers make a great addition to bouquets. If you’re an allergy sufferer, please note that goldenrod doesn’t cause hayfever. Plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.

Photo By: Julie Martens Forney

‘Whirlwind’ Japanese Anemone

Pure white blooms of ‘Whirlwind’ Japanese anemone blend easily into any full sun to part shade spot in the garden. Blossoms open from late summer through fall. Each bloom measures 2 to 3 inches across and stands atop tall stems that make a great addition to fall bouquets. Anemone leaves appear in late spring, making them a perfect partner for spring bulbs because anemone leaves help hide dying bulb foliage. Look for varieties with pink blooms, too. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 36 to 48 inches tall by 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.

Photo By: PerennialResource.com

‘Rocketman’ Russian Sage

The color show on Russian sage kicks off in midsummer when lavender-purple flowers open. After blossoms fade, a purple bract that holds each bloom remains well into October, giving this plant an apparent flower season that’s months long. ‘Rocketman’ (Perovskia atriplicifolia) has strong, silvery stems that don’t need staking. Russian sage is a drought-tolerant plant that grows best in full sun. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.

Photo By: PerennialResource.com

Swiss Chard

In warmer zones, the winter planting window is wide open. You can sow seeds for winter vegetable crops, like salad greens, radishes, carrots, onions, Swiss chard, English peas and kale.

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Photo By: Shutterstock/Kanjanee Chaisin

Coastal Office with Fireplace

Designer Corine Maggio has successfully achieved the ‘TV above the fireplace’ look – so hard to get right. The herringbone stone lightens and lifts the fireplace space and stops it from looking dreary.

Photo By: Chipper Hatter

Natural Elements

The plants lining the dining table are prototypes for an outdoor installation Paul is designing for the Brooklyn community. A graduate of Jamaica’s Edna Manley College Of Art in Kingston and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, Paul remains fascinated by the sense of nature that he grew up around. Now in Brooklyn, he represents nature in his sculptural work.

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

About The Show

Dreams of living on the dock of the bay can come true, even on the tightest budget. We show home seekers how to find the lakefront property of their dreams without breaking the bank. Each week we help a family discover an affordable location that proves you don't need a boatload of cash to live on the lake.
Season 2, Episode 11

Livin' Large in Lake County, FL

Robin and her three children have loved living in Lake County, FL for over 20 years, but their small home in the historic district of Eustis is bursting at the beams. With over 1,400 lakes to choose from, this water sports mecca is the perfect place to find a big home with an even bigger view. With the help of their friend and real estate agent, Karen Riscinto, Robin and her kids are picking the perfect lakefront home for under $275,000.

Monday
May 11
3am | 2c
Season 1, Episode 12

The Crown of Maine

After meeting at a mutual friend's bonfire party, Greg and Sheila began dating and soon fell in love. Both divorcés quickly bonded over their children, who were already friends, as well as their shared love of the outdoors and water. As they look to the future, Greg and Sheila are interested in blending their two families under one roof. With the help of real estate agent, Jane Towle, Greg and Sheila hope to find a lakefront home for under $150,000.

Friday
May 22
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 1, Episode 13

Calming Cayuga Lake

Stephanie and Mike have lived in the Finger Lake region all their lives but are now ready to find a home of their own where they can entertain their friends and someday raise a family of their own. They both love the idea of living right on the water but are not sure if their budget of $250,000 will get them the space they desire in a lakefront property. Stephanie and Mike enlist the help of real estate agent and high school friend, Simon Fricano, to help make their dream of living on Cayuga Lake a reality.

Friday
May 22
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 12

All in the Family in Lake Martin, Alabama.

A young Alabama couple, Lacey and John, have decided to return home to their native Lake Martin from bustling Birmingham. They agree that a return to the water's edge, where all their family is located, is the best place to put down roots and start a brood of their own. They enlist the help of local real estate agent, and Lacey's mom, Linda, to help them achieve their dream home on the water for only $375,000. After all, mother knows best!

Friday
May 22
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 10

Lovin' Life on Lake Greenwood, South Carolina

Janet and David enjoy taking their boat out for weekend excursions, cruising the local lakes in and around their hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. But they've found that the constant traveling and trailering of their vessel takes up too much valuable time that could be spent relaxing on the water. They're ready to streamline things and find peaceful respite, a place where they can walk out the front door, jump in their boat and hit the water at a moments notice. After doing some research, they've narrowed their search to Lake Greenwood, South Carolina. While they both agree on it being lakeside, David wants a sizable home while Janet prefers a cozy cabin with less upkeep. With the help of real estate agent, Jonathan Wiley, they hope to get on the same page and find a lakefront retreat for under $240,000.

Tuesday
Aug 4
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 2

A Couple Searches for Their Dream Home on the Shore of Beautiful Lake Kerr in Clarksville, VA

Eddie and Michaela hope to find a home on the lake to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives during the week. They know that the beauty and laid back lifestyle of Kerr Lake in Clarksville, VA suits their needs perfectly; with lush, wooded surroundings, ample fishing and miles and miles of pristine shores. But, finding a lake house suitable for a family of four and in their budget of $250,000 has its challenges. With the help of local real estate agent, Bill Baker, Eddie and Michaela set out to find their home away from home.

Friday
Sep 4
6pm | 5c
Season 4, Episode 9

A Lake Champlain Staycation in Burlington, Vermont

Greg lives in Vermont and loves to wakesurf out on Lake Champlain. While he enjoys living near Burlington, he wishes he were closer to the lake. To achieve the home of his dreams on the water, he's going to bank on his buds as future tenants to help contribute to the mortgage by paying rent. With roommates Mike and Vicky in tow, Greg hopes real estate agent Kathy O'Brien can grant his wish for waterfront for only $360,000.

Sunday
Jun 26
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 4

Seeking A Right-Sized Retreat On Pokegama Lake

Terry and Kathy are from Cohasset, Minnesota, and have two children, Tyler and Nicole. They currently live near a lake but it's becoming less and less conducive to the outdoor recreations they enjoy. Tyler and Nicole will also soon be off to college so Terry and Kathy would like to 'right size' with a new, smaller, lake home. For years the family spent time visiting friends on nearby Pokegama Lake and they all fell in love with the area and its rustic amenities. Now, Terry and Kathy want a home on Pokegama of their own, a place where they can walk out the backdoor, jump in their boat, and head out onto the lake. Concerned they wont be able to find a place under their budget of $375,000, they've enlisted local real estate agent, Cindy DeGrio, to help with their search.

Monday
Jul 4
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 1, Episode 13

Calming Cayuga Lake

Stephanie and Mike have lived in the Finger Lake region all their lives but are now ready to find a home of their own where they can entertain their friends and someday raise a family of their own. They both love the idea of living right on the water but are not sure if their budget of $250,000 will get them the space they desire in a lakefront property. Stephanie and Mike enlist the help of real estate agent and high school friend, Simon Fricano, to help make their dream of living on Cayuga Lake a reality.

Sunday
Jul 31
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 4, Episode 4

Seeking A Right-Sized Retreat On Pokegama Lake

Terry and Kathy are from Cohasset, Minnesota, and have two children, Tyler and Nicole. They currently live near a lake but it's becoming less and less conducive to the outdoor recreations they enjoy. Tyler and Nicole will also soon be off to college so Terry and Kathy would like to 'right size' with a new, smaller, lake home. For years the family spent time visiting friends on nearby Pokegama Lake and they all fell in love with the area and its rustic amenities. Now, Terry and Kathy want a home on Pokegama of their own, a place where they can walk out the backdoor, jump in their boat, and head out onto the lake. Concerned they wont be able to find a place under their budget of $375,000, they've enlisted local real estate agent, Cindy DeGrio, to help with their search.

Friday
May 5
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 2

Lounging at North Carolina's Lovely Lake Norman

Dan and Michelle are from Charlotte, North Carolina, and both grew up around water. They have two kids, Hailey and Jax, with whom they are eager to share their lakefront love. With the help of real estate agent, Eric Taylor, they hope to find the perfect waterfront property on Lake Norman for only $350,000.

Friday
May 19
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 8

Boats and Bison in Indiana

Nathan and Anna live near Fort Wayne, IN, and have two daughters. With Nathan's hectic schedule working in the medical profession, the family decided that purchasing a lakefront house would allow them time to get away, relax and make memories with the kids. With their recent purchase of a boat as a catalyst to start looking for a getaway on the water, they are most familiar with Adams Lake but are open to other lakes in the area. With the help of a local real estate agent, they hope to find the perfect vacation home for under $325,000.

Monday
Jun 5
3am | 2c
Season 3, Episode 12

Dropping Anchor in the Lake of the Ozarks

Herman and Susan live in Louisburg, Kansas with their two children, Mandy and Herman IV. They've been vacationing on the Lake of the Ozarks since 1997 and even bought a home there in 2007. But when the family realized they wanted to live in a more central location, closer to friends and all the lake action, they sold it. Now, Herman and Susan want to not only find a new home near the Hurricane Deck Bridge, but a property that has deep enough water and enough storage space for a brand new boat they plan to buy once their search is complete. With the help of real estate agent, Terry Summers, Herman and Susan hope to find a lakefront family getaway for $225,000 or less, because spending any more would cut into the boat budget and that's just not an option.

Friday
Jun 30
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 5, Episode 6

Living Full-Time on Lake Erie, Ohio

College sweethearts are looking for their first home together along the stunning shores of Lake Erie. With help from his mother, a real estate agent, the couple sets out to find the perfect spot in Lakewood, OH, but find this location may be harder on the budget than expected.

Sunday
Apr 22
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 5, Episode 7

An Alabama Panorama on Smith Lake

Larry and Rene are from Lewisburg, Tennessee, and have two wonderful kids, Ryan and Curtis. Even though they own a boat, they currently live on a farm without much water nearby. They've spent time visiting Alabama's Smith Lake, and with the kids getting older, now seems like the perfect time to buy a place of their own. With the help of a real estate agent, they hope to find the perfect lakefront property for under $350,000.

Sunday
Apr 22
5pm | 4c
Season 5, Episode 8

Taking a Look at Innsbrook, Missouri

Greg and Lisa are siblings from Godfrey, Illinois, and are looking to purchase a lakefront home with their families in the gated community of Innsbrook, Missouri. While Greg and Lisa's spouses, Tarah and Tim, were the ones with the idea, Greg is still a little hesitant that this would be a practical purchase for their families. With Lisa on board, the three of them are taking Greg to Innsbrook to convince him that this will be the perfect place for a vacation home. With the help of a real estate agent, they hope to find the perfect lakeside property for under $250,000.

Sunday
Apr 22
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 6, Episode 4

Triple the Fun in Treasure Lake, PA

Meghan and Jeremy lead a busy life with their triplets in Ashburn, Virginia. Jeremy's job requires him to travel often, so they would like to find a lakefront vacation home where they can make the most of their time together. While researching lake homes, Meghan stumbled upon Treasure Lake, Pennsylvania, and after they visited and saw the area's amenities, Meghan and Jeremy were sold. With two lakes to choose from, Treasure Lake is the perfect place for families, and this family of five is on the hunt for a waterfront home in this quaint, wooded community for under $375,000.

Sunday
Apr 22
6pm | 5c
Season 6, Episode 5

Kicking Back on Indiana's Koontz Lake

Chris and Jim are from Palos Heights, Illinois, and both grew up spending time on the water. Since having their three daughters, they've brought them to the lake every summer, hoping to provide them with the same kinds of memories they had as kids. While they originally spent summers on Paw Paw Lake in Michigan, they soon discovered nearby Koontz Lake in Indiana and fell in love. With the help of real estate agent, they hope to find the perfect vacation home for under $399,000.

Sunday
Apr 22
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 6, Episode 6

Looking to Dock on Castle Rock

Dana and Tyler are from the suburbs of Chicago and have three kids. They love getting out on the water, but with their busy schedules, finding time to just be a family can be difficult. Tyler grew up in Wisconsin and is familiar with Castle Rock Lake, which is a good midway point between their permanent home and their friends and family. With the help of a local real estate agent, they hope to find the perfect lakefront vacation home for under $350,000.

Sunday
Apr 22
7pm | 6c
Season 6, Episode 7

To Deep Creek Lake, Maryland and Beyond

Mike and Penny are from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and they love getting away. After Mike discovered Deep Creek Lake a few years earlier while skiing with friends, he decided this would be a great place to take Penny. After visiting, they both fell in love with the year-round attractions that the area offers. Since recently purchasing a boat, now seems like a great time to invest in a lakefront property. With the help of real estate agent they hope to find the perfect vacation home for under $300,000.

Sunday
Apr 22
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 10

A Rustic Retreat on Hyco Lake

A couple wants to find a lakefront vacation home in North Carolina. After he proposed at a lake house, they both thought it would make the perfect getaway. With Hyco Lake located only about an hour away from their home in Chapel Hill, NC, they're hoping to find the perfect rustic retreat of their own.

Sunday
Apr 22
8pm | 7c
Season 8, Episode 12

Permanent Pad on Norris Lake, Tennessee

A Chicago couple with a teenage daughter is looking for more room to spread out and enjoy time together. They've been vacationing along Norris Lake in Tennessee for the last 10 years and feel like now is the time to find a permanent home there that's budget-friendly and has million-dollar views.

Sunday
Apr 22
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 7, Episode 10

A Rustic Retreat on Hyco Lake

A couple wants to find a lakefront vacation home in North Carolina. After he proposed at a lake house, they both thought it would make the perfect getaway. With Hyco Lake located only about an hour away from their home in Chapel Hill, NC, they're hoping to find the perfect rustic retreat of their own.

Monday
Apr 23
3am | 2c
Season 8, Episode 12

Permanent Pad on Norris Lake, Tennessee

A Chicago couple with a teenage daughter is looking for more room to spread out and enjoy time together. They've been vacationing along Norris Lake in Tennessee for the last 10 years and feel like now is the time to find a permanent home there that's budget-friendly and has million-dollar views.

Monday
Apr 23
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 8, Episode 6

Living Large on Lake Lakengren, Ohio

A St. Petersburg, FL, couple wants to spend more time with family up north, but they don't want to give up waterfront living. They've decided to look for a vacation home on Ohio's Lake Lakengren that has the potential for full-time living where they can maintain their active lifestyle.

Sunday
Apr 29
8pm | 7c
Season 7, Episode 6

The Fresh Waters of Flathead

A California couple with two children is ready to move to the lake. Previously, they've lived in Montana where they frequented the astoundingly beautiful Flathead Lake. Now they're ready to return to Big Sky Country to follow a job opportunity and hope to find a full-time family home on Flathead Lake's fresh water.

Sunday
Apr 29
8:30pm | 7:30c

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