Take it outside: Backyards are for fun and games

(AP) — Volleyball courts. Sand pits. Splash pools. Giant movie screens. You don’t have to be a kid to design and enjoy an outdoor play spa...

April 15th, 2017 |  


Don’t forget about texture when planning garden

By Dean FosdickAssociated PressThe most popular element in landscape design is color, but texture is another important building block. Texture in gard...

April 8th, 2017 |  


Finding a look you love in outdoor decor

By Melissa RayworthAssociated PressFor decades, “outdoor decorating” meant arranging a few nice chairs and a table near a barbecue grill, ...

April 8th, 2017 |  


Clear favorite: Acrylics a versatile furniture option

By Melissa Kossler DuttonAssociated Press(AP) — Clear the way for acrylics.Furniture makers are using the see-through material for everything fr...

April 1st, 2017 |  


What to do when bulbs don’t bloom

By DeanFosdickAssociated PressDaffodils and tulips are almost certain to bloom when another spring rolls around, but even they can have an occasional ...

March 11th, 2017 |  


Fairy gardens captivate imaginations of kids, adults

By Tracee M. HerbaughAssociated Press(AP) — A set of little wings. Ceramic fountains. Tiny versions of ornate cottages and brick walkways fit fo...

March 11th, 2017 |  


Non-flower gardens: 50 shades of green

By Kim CookAssociated PressWhile beds tumbling with flowers are lovely, there’s an emerging trend in landscape design: the flowerless garden.Non...

March 11th, 2017 |  


Hanging baskets bring instant color, texture to small spaces

By Dean FosdickAssociated PressWant to add instant color and texture to your deck, balcony, entryway, or other small space around your yard? Consider ...

February 25th, 2017 |  


Bring in the birds for winter beauty, entertainment

Bring in the birds for winter beauty, entertainment

By Melinda MyersFor the Troy Daily NewsBy Melinda MyersBrighten your winter days by inviting birds into your landscape. Their beauty and motion help e...

January 7th, 2017 |  


Easy care gardening trends for holidays

Easy care gardening trends for holidays

By Melinda MyersFor the Troy Daily NewsDress up the holidays or give gifts that continue giving throughout the year with these low maintenance gardeni...

December 3rd, 2016 |