Outdoor Living & Landscaping Articles



Your guide to outdoor living starts here. Creating a beautiful backyard is often as simple as making a few updates, such as adding a conversation piece and planting flowers and shrubs that suit your decor. Or, if your backyard is in need of a major makeover, opt for establishing a comfortable seating area, installing landscape lighting, and adding a firepit or outdoor kitchen.

Read the articles below to gather ideas for accessorizing your outdoor space with water features, waterslides, landscaping, lighting, furniture, fencing, and more.

To find manufacturers of outdoor living products, visit our Buyers' Guides for waterslides and water features, outdoor kitchens and grills, and outdoor furniture.


Photo courtesy of Platinum Poolcare, Ltd.



Featured Articles


Mariani Landscape

Landscaping 101

Learn the characteristics of formal, informal, and natural landscape designs. Discover which plants and color scheme are best for your region and complement the style of your home. Plus, tips for poolside planting. Read more >>




OW Lee Co. outdoor room

The Great Room

Create a spectacular outdoor great room that suits your needs and defines your style. You may wish to add a firepit and cozy seating area, a pergola or gazebo for shade, or even a kitchen and an outdoor TV for entertaining. Read more >>




Platinum Poolcare, Ltd.

Innovative Ideas for Your Backyard

Perk up your outdoor space with fun products, including waterslides, rock waterfalls, water features, saunas, furniture, and more. Read more >>



 

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Landscaping 101

 

Learn the characteristics of formal, informal, and natural landscape designs. Discover which plants and color scheme are best for your region and complement the style of your home. Plus, tips for poolside planting. Read more >>

 


The Great Room

 

Create a spectacular outdoor great room that suits your needs and defines your style. You may wish to add a firepit and cozy seating area, a pergola or gazebo for shade, or even a kitchen and an outdoor TV for entertaining. Read more >>

 


Innovative Ideas for Your Backyard

 

Perk up your outdoor space with fun products, including waterslides, rock waterfalls, water features, and more. 
Read more >>

 


The Great Outdoors: Change Your Backyard into the Retreat You Always Wanted

There is nothing sweeter than the first breeze of spring, carrying with it the promise of fun times spent outside in the pool, on the deck, or listening to the surrounding music of Mother Nature… Not feeling that vibe when you look at your backyard? Then it’s probably time for some changes. Read more >>


Outdoor Arcade—Cool Products for Your Pool & Backyard

Create the perfect backdrop for your outdoor living space by adding waterslides, waterfalls, firepits, fireplaces, and other fun items for backyard entertainment. Read more >>

 


Poolscaping for Every Budget

By using a variety of materials and products--from the simple to the exotic--a homeowner can transform a plain-Jane backyard into the envy of the neighborhood. Read more >>



Your Backyard Resort

Your getaway can be as close as your backyard, thanks to poolscaping -- the products and accessories that add beauty and value to your property…and can transform a pool area into a personal resort. Read more >>



Poolscaping, Feature by Feature

When shopping for the perfect backyard oasis, most pool buyers forget that they will be spending a lot more time looking at and lounging beside their pools than swimming in them. So it stands to reason that the entire poolscape deserves a lot more attention than it traditionally gets. Read more >>


Terms of the Poolscaping Trade

Before you create that award-winning poolscape, you'll need to learn some terms of the trade. Keep the following features in mind when planning your backyard retreat. Read more >>


Landscape Solutions

A key element to enjoying your outdoors often lies in the landscape, or rather, how your landscape is designed. Whether you are looking to add pizzazz around a patio, create a focal point of interest, make your hot tub more inviting or simply bring some drama to your poolscape, the questions and simple quick fixes that follow represent common concerns when it comes to do-it-yourself landscapers. Read more >>