Ornamental Grasses to the Rescue

Ornamental grasses are multi-task plants: they offer attractive foliage, flowers and seedpods; their beauty is heightened by sunlight and they dance with the wind; they require little maintenance; they provide almost year-round interest in the garden—and—they are problem solvers for less-than-ideal sites in the yard. Read More

The Many Uses of Roses

Gertrude Stein famously wrote, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” You can't really argue with that, unless you want to split hairs. However, her implication seems to be that a rose is just a beautiful flower and that's all, end of story. Read More

How To Grow Exotic Air Plants

All they need is the air they breathe, bright light—but no direct sun—and a bath two to three times a week. Do not add soil; they’ll just hang out wherever you plop them down and in whatever container you plop them in. Read More

Is Your Landscaping Pet Approved?

Backyard landscaping isn’t just for the birds (and raccoons and squirrels). Pets need a safe place to frolic and have fun too. It’s good for their mental and physical well being – plus the more hair they shed outside the less ends up on your couch. Read More

Don't Just Admire Your Flowers – Eat Them

You grow your flowers for their beauty, of course. But did you know that quite a few of them are edible? No, no, don't look at this column as if YardShare had gone nuts. Think about it. Read More

Transforming A Pond Into A Spa

A backyard pond can be a nice touch, but if you don’t have a pool it can seem like a bit of a waste. Why should the fish get to have all the fun? That’s the attitude of YardShare contributor Sandi Clarke. Read More

“Grandmother’s Garden” Hydrangeas: Today’s Fashion Flower

Hydrangeas are enjoying a renaissance in gardens throughout parts of the US. Although some of the old-fashioned varieties are not “zone friendly,” many can be successfully grown to zone 5, and a few even to zone 3. Read More

Take Your Yard From Tiny to Terrific

Are you self conscious about the size of your...yard? Having a limited lot isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Lots of people have this issue and still manage to live happy and fulfilling landscaping lives. Read More

Divide and Conquer - Gardening With Bulbs, Part Two

When we last saw Our Gardening Hero, he was carefully noting the locations of clumps of crocuses, daffodils, and the like. He mapped them out in a way designed to show his children that this was not a treasure map, and then he went on to live his life. Read More

About Yard Ideas

"Just another landscaping blog, right?" Wrong...sort of. The theme of the YardShare community has always been, Knocking Down Fences. So the Yard Ideas presented here are really our member's ideas, packaged into neat little articles. We use yards that the members have shared as examples of great ideas that will hopefully inspire you. Enjoy!