The easiest deck to build
Whether it’s a deck or stone patio or even a patch of grass, defining a place to gather is a must, even for small backyard designs. A platform deck, such as the one shown here, can be created in just three days. Since it’s not connected to a house and sits just centimetres above the ground, it’s an inexpensive, quick-to-build alternative to standard decks and patios.
Landscape with potted plants
When you don’t have much yard space, digging up the lawn to create landscape beds and borders is less than desirable. Instead of sacrificing precious ground, landscape with potted plants. You can experiment with container shape, colour and placement, as well as the plant mixtures.
Ever wish you could reorganise your garden after seeing how the mature plants look? Here’s a clever way to do it. You’ll need a bunch of landscape pots of the same size, so they’ll nest in each other. Put your plants in doubled landscape pots, and then bury them at ground level. Whenever you want a change, lift out the top pot and put in a different one. This is also really slick for bringing plants indoors over the winter. This method is great for quickly changing out seasonal plants, and allows for easy experimentation with colour and placement of plants and flowers.