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A blog by Tilly

Have you been thinking of upgrading your landscaping? If you have, you’ve probably thought a good deal about the plants you want to surround yourself with. Whether you’re dreaming of lush green foliage, feathery ornamental grasses, or bountiful fruit trees, that’s all softscape. Softscaping includes all the living material in your landscaping from a blade…

When you’re selecting plants for your landscaping—particularly flowering plants—one of the first things you’ll see on the nursery label is “annual” or “perennial.” In the simplest terms, these words tell you how long you can expect your new plant to live, whether that’s a single season or they’re in it for the long haul—but there’s…

When Chicagoland blogger, Nicole Regan of Cedars & Rush embarked on updating her backyard landscape, she didn’t realize the importance of having a landscape design plan. While she’s the ultimate pro at creating a breathtaking tablescape, hosting a fabulous cocktail party, organizing a home, and so much more… Like many of us, landscape design was…

We tapped the exterior design team at brick&batten to get their thoughts on what’s on-trend for home exteriors this year. Brick&batten is a virtual exterior design company that uses a photo (or blueprint!) of your home to design a fresh new look and create a rendering of your home’s potential curb appeal. They also provide…

If you follow landscaping trends, you’ve probably heard of xeriscaping before—a landscaping philosophy created to reduce water use through smart design. The immediate assumption for many people is that xeriscape is all desert plants and stone in a dry, arid environment. While those gardens can be an amazing option for some landscapes, xeriscape is much…

Tilly partnered with interior design photographer Margaret Wright in Charleston to update her mid-century ranch home’s yard. Margaret photographs Charleston’s most beautiful homes. Seriously, check out her Instagram and the beautiful home decor and living spaces she features. She has an amazing eye for design so we knew her yard had to reflect her creative…

Once you’ve decided to renovate your yard, it’s time to think about landscape design. For any major transformation, we recommend working with a professional landscape designer to help think through your priorities. A pro can help you ask and address the many important questions that come up along the way—everything from what heartfelt details mean…

One of the most enticing goals for a backyard remodel is to expand your living space. By building an outdoor living space, you effectively add to your house square footage AND really bask in the outdoors. Imagine sitting in the sunshine on your patio sipping your morning coffee or a cozy evening gathered around the…