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Bold Backyard Landscape Design

Bold Backyard Landscape Design

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design, Tips and How To's

Create a Floating Effect in the Landscape In this backyard landscape, each material – metal, wood, concrete, plant, or grass – looks as though it is floating or weightless, hovering above the surfaces around it. At the owner’s entrance, a metal roof floats above the walls, its structure invisible from the garden. Below, the ipé […]

Landscape Design Tip: Back Up Your Seating!

Landscape Design Tip: Back Up Your Seating!

When placing a seat or bench in your landscape, “Create a sense of security around your bench,” Julie Moir Messervy writes in Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (Taunton Press, 2009, page 161). She recommends creating a feeling of safe enclosure by placing a bench in front of a wall or hedge, or planting large […]

How to Add a Map Image to Your Base Plan

How to Add a Map Image to Your Base Plan

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design App, Tips and How To's

Home Outside Landscape Design App’s Map Tool Did you know that with the Premium Tools bundle ($9.99 in-app purchase), you can use the Map Tool to import a satellite image of your property into the Home Outside app? If you don’t have a drawn site map of your house and property, the Map Tool can be […]

Landscape Design Tip: Soften Straight Lines with Plantings

Landscape Design Tip: Soften Straight Lines with Plantings

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Landscape Design, Tips and How To's

A client asked us, “I have a lot of straight lines in my landscape. Is there any way to jazz things up?” Straight lines can be comforting – they provide a sense of order and reassuring symmetry—but you’re right to look for ways to keep them from becoming rigid and boring. Here’s a landscape design […]

Path Materials: Why We Love Peastone

Path Materials: Why We Love Peastone

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Landscape Design, Tips and How To's

Our Home Outside designers are often asked for recommendations for path materials. The options can be overwhelming, and many are quite expensive. A bark mulch or tamped earth path is the easiest to install and least expensive—but beware in snowy or rainy climates! You might soon be tracking so much dirt into the house that you’ll find […]

Free App for DIY Landscape Design

Free App for DIY Landscape Design

The Home Outside Palette app offers everything you need to design your own landscape on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. In-app purchases give you specialty elements and design tools such as Maps, Layers, Sketching, Rulers, Snap-to-Grid, Notes, and more—but there’s plenty you can do without spending a dime! Download the FREE version and […]

Gifts for Gardeners: Send the Palette App to a Friend!

Gifts for Gardeners: Send the Palette App to a Friend!

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 in Landscape Design App, Tips and How To's

The Home Outside Palette app makes a great gift for your favorite gardener, a new homeowner, or anyone who wants to design a landscape or garden! Sending the app as a gift couldn’t be easier. In the iTunes App Store, just find the app, tap the Share button, select Gift, and fill in the recipient’s email, your name, and […]

Sow Now, Eat Later!

Sow Now, Eat Later!

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 in Plants & Planting Design, Tips and How To's

With only the hardiest kale and parsley growing in our vegetable gardens in November, our thoughts jet ahead to spring and the happy purple and yellow faces of Johnny Jump Ups, which will blossom as the last of the snow melts away. They’re the first edible items we harvest in the spring to brighten up salads. […]

DIY Landscape Design: Drawing Your Property Base Plan

DIY Landscape Design: Drawing Your Property Base Plan

With our Home Outside service, JMMDS can create landscape plans for people who live far from our Vermont studio. The tool that makes it possible for us to design without visiting the site is our Home Outside app, which homeowners can use to send us measurements and other information about their property. Many people are able to capture their property using […]

Landscape Design Video: How to Use Layers in the Home Outside Palette App

Landscape Design Video: How to Use Layers in the Home Outside Palette App

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 in Landscape Design, Tips and How To's, Uncategorized

We love the Layers feature of the Home Outside Palette landscape design app. You can place all the existing permanent features of your landscape on one layer and lock it so that you don’t accidentally move or delete any of the elements. Then use additional layers to try out new additions or changes to your landscape design. […]