in their backyards, making a cozy entertaining space on summer nights
or well into the fall and winter.
Add a Water Feature. Water features, ranging from small fountains
to ponds, streams, or water walls, create a sense of peace and calm, help
people connect with nature, and may attract wildlife.
Create a Wildflower or Herb Garden. Wildflowers or herbs make
great container gardens or ground cover. They are beautiful and smell
great. Many home chefs grow their own herbs and many landscape companies now create edible gardens for clients. These gardens are also a benefit for the environment and for wildlife, providing food and safe cover
for small animals.
“Outdoor living spaces have evolved from a grill and a picnic table
to lavishly landscaped patios and decks with couches, lounge areas and
dining spaces under shaded arches, trellises, and porticos,” said Sabeena
Hickman, CAE, CMP, CEO of PLANET. “It is a trend that we expect to
continue indefinitely. Americans have had a long love affair with the back-
yard barbeque, and now, they are taking it to the next level.”
For more ideas about creating the ultimate backyard this summer, or
to hire a pro near you, visit www.loveyourlandscape.com. I-L
PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape
industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry
education, best practices and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have
attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of
industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at www.landcarenetwork.org.