Be certain to purchase outdoor lighting that’s safe and rated for such use. It’s not a bad idea to double check for safety ratings on outdoor lighting. This can help ensure that safety comes first in the design.

Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!

Some of them are sent as a gift, normally in the Mystery Gift box. You can also buy them using coins and they range from the cheapest, the Horse Topiary which costs 100 coins to the most expensive, the Buffalo Topiary which costs 5,500 coins. There are three topiaries that can only be bought with FV cash and they are the sheep (5FV), the Llama (10FV) and the Flamingo Topiary (15FV).

For a straight stone walkway, simply stand at one of the ends of the imagined path. Tie one end of a ball of string to something, or have someone hold it for you, and unravel the string as you walk over the planned route to the other end of the walkway. If you like what you see, drive in a stake at each end and secure the string, marking one border of the projected walkway. Similarly, mark out the other border to the left or right of this line (leaving a gap as wide as you want the path to be).

We asked Katrina Wells of Earth Designs to come up with three solutions for three classic problems: a sloping site, an L-shaped garden and a tapering plot. Our advice is to simplify the look of the garden, where possible, by using similar shades to unify the different elements such as decking, paving and walls. As for budget, we’ve suggested where you can make savings. Now all you have to do is pick the plan that’s best for you.

Incorporate in your low maintenance garden design, things that are low maintenance, like pavers, gravel, pebbles, rocks etc but make sure you either have them professionally put down for you or learn how to do the jobs like the professionals. Everything is in the preparation, learn to do the tedious first and the end result will definitely be low maintenance.

Watch out for bugs. It’s a simple fact that most lighting tends to attract bugs at night. When pests are a real concern, it’s important to carefully position landscape lighting to ensure bugs aren’t attracted too close to where people congregate. It doesn’t do any good to spend a lot of time creating a beautiful landscape and adding lighting if no one can enjoy it!