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What's Hot in Backyard Design

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Everyone's backyard should be their own personal oasis. If that sounds like an expensive proposition, it doesn't have to be. Picking the right elements and spending wisely will provide you with a staycation placefor years to come. Here are six trends that will help you create the backyard of your dreams:

  • Sustainability--including low-water gardens, drought-tolerant plants and less turfgrass. All are better for the environment and the pocketbook.
  • Edibles--incorporating edibles into ornamentals not only adds interest to a garden, but will help lower grocery bills.
  • Quality over Quantity--building over the top landscapes is out; quality is in.
  • Water Features--the sound of running water is good for the soul, and water fountains can be an inexpensive, luxurious addition to any garden.
  • Indoors Out--the popularity of outdoor living spaces that include furniture and fabrics that look as if they belong indoors isn't going anywhere.
  • Solar--from LEDs to irrigation systems, solar-power is definitely here to stay.

For more great tips and images of backyard trends, follow this jump to HGTV.

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