Harness nature’s power to create a healthy, beautiful home landscape
Gardens are a gift, providing backyard beauty, a pleasant atmosphere and often, food for the table. It’s too bad that sometimes gardens unintentionally work against nature. They can damage the environment’s ability to clean air and water, reduce flooding and provide all the other natural benefits that support life on earth – including us.

Landscape For Life shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm or the common area of your condominium.

The good news is that each home garden can protect and restore the environmental, economic and human health benefits provided by nature. It’s possible to create a great-looking garden that’s healthier for you, your family, your pets and the environment – and that saves you time and money!

Getting Started
The Landscape for Life website contains a wealth of information on sustainable gardening to make it easy to transform your home garden into a beautiful and healthy refuge for you and your family.

The website has major sections on Getting Started, Soil, Water, Plants, Materials and Human Health. Each section includes helpful advice on gardening practices that take advantage of natural processes at work on your property.

You can also get sustainable ideas for your landscape at the U.S. Botanic Garden information desk with a free brochure outlining Landscape for Life.

About Landscape for Life

Landscape For Life is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), the nation's first rating system for sustainable landscapes. Landscape For Life is a collaboration between the United States Botanic Garden and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

SITES is an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations.