Many people put a lot of thought into the interior design of their houses, but planning a garden, yard or deck can be equally important. There may be no greater pleasure than sitting outside your house and simply enjoying nature. See how much you've learned about designing your outdoor space by taking this quiz.
What type of flower pots should you not leave outside during a cold winter?
When should you prune azaleas?
right after flowering
one month after the buds have opened
whenever they get too overgrown
What is a useful aid in designing a flower bed with a curve?
a garden hose
a leveling tool
What type of edge should you avoid in your flower bed?
one with many sharp curves
a gentle convex curve
a single S-shaped curve
What is a benefit of larger planters over smaller ones?
The soil takes longer to dry out.
They are less expensive.
They keep plants warmer.
What should you be careful to avoid until the roots of a plant fill in a larger planter?
over-watering the plants
putting different types of plants in the same planter
leaving them in an area with fluctuating temperatures
Why would you put a window in a garden fence, instead of removing the fence entirely?
to provide a selective view
to maintain privacy
to meet zoning ordinances
How can you make your outdoor deck more visually appealing?
by varying the size or placement of the planks
by staining it a very dark color
by planting a flower garden on part of it
How can you improve the look of your pergola?
by planting a vine next to it
by closing the roof in
by placing screens in all of the open spaces
What should you consider when choosing where to place garden furniture?
how close it is to the house
when it will be shaded
What else can you accomplish by placing your garden furniture in specific spots?
You can draw the viewers eye along a certain route through the garden.
You can create better air flow through the garden.
You can protect plants from pests.
What is "moonlighting" in terms of garden design?
hanging a lamp high up in a tree to light from overhead
placing pale blue screens in front of your garden lights to soften their feel
using only natural light when the moon is full
Why is it nice to use flagstones of varied sizes and shapes for paving?
It looks more informal.
It is more eco-friendly.
It creates the illusion of a larger space.
What is the minimum thickness of flagstone you should use for paving a walking path?
What colors of flowers might make a garden feel smaller than it actually is?