When SL Style Director Heather Chadduck lost a 100-year-old hickory tree in her backyard, she knew it was time for a makeover. A vine-covered pergola and cozy outdoor fireplace transformed her Birmingham backyard into a chic outdoor retreat.
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn
Unlike quickly sprucing up a room with paint, landscaping rarely yields instant gratification. (Heather's wisteria canopy took four years to mature.) Research plants on the front end so you can have a realistic timeline for their growth.