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Are you just starting on the adventure of creating your own home landscape? Are you looking for fresh ideas and a new perspective to improve your property? There are lots of ideas here for those who answer “yes” to either of those questions. Find home garden landscaping articles, plant information, and “how-to” garden skills that a homeowner needs to make their dream garden a reality.

Landscaping is certainly an art and requires a certain amount of know-how, but it is entirely in the capability of the average homeowner to accomplish a very attractive landscape with only the desire to plan it out and put some effort into it. In many ways it is like that other domain of home ownership: interior decoration.

Yes, many hire professionally trained experts to design and purchase the furnishings, but there are also many of us who enjoy doing the job ourselves.

Landscaping your yard is composed of the same elements of design and color that rooms within the house utilize. With reference to the information you need as you plan and then plant your yard, you will gain your own set of skills and master the art.

And the garden is, thankfully, very forgiving.

 

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Cool Weather Vegetable Plantings

Cool Weather Vegetable Plantings

Plant These Vegetables in the Cool Season Some of our favorite vegetables only grow well with cool temperatures. As soon as the weather heats up, they get bitter, go to seed, or melt out. Find out how to grow "salad days" crops. If you think about your favorite salad,...

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Perennial Plants for Ohio

One of my gardens in Central Ohio A wide range of perennials grow well in Ohio due to its good soils and plentiful rainfall. Perennials for Ohio are chosen for their adaptation to the conditions of this state, rather than what might grow if coddled or given special...

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Weeping Cedar and Other Interesting Conifers

Weeping Cedar and Other Interesting Conifers

Have you ever considered planting a weeping tree? How about a weeping conifer like the Xanthocyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula', better known as Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ or the Weeping Cedar. When branches gracefully droop, they bring a groundedness...

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Victorian Ladies and Their Favorite Flowers

Womanly Pursuits The Flower Arrangement by Otto ScholdererLilacs, Peonies, Roses, and Freesias feature in this painting. In the restricted world of the Victorians, woman had a clearly outlined mode of proper avocations and duties. Thankfully, flowers featured in many...

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Learning About Landscape Shrubs in Atlanta

With the idea of moving into the Atlanta area, a task I'm looking forward to is learning about plants for landscaping an urban or suburban yard in Zone 7b. Already familiar with azaleas, it is time to discover the wide range of wonderful plant material that thrives in...

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Pruning Lilacs

Pruning Lilacs

All lilac bushes benefit from regular attention. The purpose of pruning a lilac is to shape the plant and increase bloom quality. This is all part of regular garden maintenance. It normally consists of removing dead or diseased branches and shaping up the shrub....

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Plant Basics

Plant Basics

Plants need some basics, they are generally made up of similar parts, and if you learn some of this general knowledge it will help you understand garden skills and timing much better. Get to know the basics about plants Plants Need 3 Main Things Most of the...

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Varieties of Lilacs I Grow

Varieties of Lilacs I Grow

(And would like to grow) Do you second guess your garden? I often do. Over the years mine has become more of a shrub garden than the perennial borders it was first planned to be. One of the original shrubs here was the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris. I thereafter...

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Spring Flowering Spireas

Spring Flowering Spireas

If you enjoyed reading about the five choice shrubs for small gardens, no doubt the Spirea bushes stood out as some of the easiest to grow. They are the quiet supporters of the garden most of the season, but during spring they can really stand out. Spring flowering...

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How To Grow and Propagate Lovely Lilacs

How To Grow and Propagate Lovely Lilacs

Lilacs are beloved old fashioned flowering shrubs grown for their fragrance. Lilac plants come in colors ranging from white to pink, and rich purples, as well as its namesake hue. Syringa vulgaris lent its common name, "lilac", to a tint of purple that is warmed by...

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Germination, What Is It?

Germination, What Is It?

Every seed packet gives information on germination times, but what is germination and what are its secrets? From a simple definition to methods of germination, let's take a quick look at this important part of a plants life. Define Germination From Websters: to cause...

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I Wish My Garden Looked Like That

I Wish My Garden Looked Like That

Have you ever found yourself coming home after a visit to a lovely garden, and saying "I wish my garden looked like that"? I have, too. The trouble with such wishful thinking is that what made a particular look so attractive and desirable is not necessarily what you...

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Seed Starting Tips

Seed Starting Tips

Want a quick cheatsheet for seed starting success? This is it. Grouping seed success tips together in easy viewing format. Followed by links to in-depth articles, if you want to know more. Containers Keep them clean and sterile. Choose the type best for your needs:...

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What Does It Mean To Plant Seeds “In Situ”?

What Does It Mean To Plant Seeds “In Situ”?

Planting seeds in situ literally means "in place" or "on site". That is, in the ground directly rather than starting elsewhere and then transplanting into the garden. The characteristics of a plant dictate which method is best. Many plants suffer from transplanting:...

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Bright Ideas For Colorful Fall Foliage

Bright Ideas For Colorful Fall Foliage

Inevitably, as seasons change we see, and lust for, the color focus that picture perfect plantings of fall provide. In Autumn, without a doubt, it is the rich pigment of colorful changing foliage that delights our eye. Even the bountiful blooms of chrysanthemums in...

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Attract The Good Bugs To Your Garden

Attract The Good Bugs To Your Garden

Bringing beneficial insects into the garden is only part of the story. Attracting good bugs and keeping them there to control pests or pollinate plants is an important part of organic gardening practice. What Types of Insects Benefit The Garden? Praying Mantis Praying...

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20 Easy-to-grow Perennials to Multiply by Division

20 Easy-to-grow Perennials to Multiply by Division

If you need more perennial plants, but must curtail your budget, learning to multiply plants that thrive with division is the answer for you. Easy to grow perennials are simple to divide, and often require this procedure every few years. Some can be divided into many...

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New: Fairy Garden Terrarium Ideas

New: Fairy Garden Terrarium Ideas

Home Decor at Banggood has glass balls that hang on an iron rod, they have several tutorial illustrations, including this one. Once you have the basic how-to, there are many ideas in filling them with creative vignettes. Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas, but you...

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Milkweed Makes Mainstream (Asclepsias Species)

Milkweed Makes Mainstream (Asclepsias Species)

Once, Asclepsias syriaca, or Milkweed as it is commonly known, was a field plant of waste or fallow ground. A weed of wild and unkempt places which delighted only children who were fascinated by the silky down of the open boat-shaped pods. Now, with the decline of the...

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How To Make a Luminous White Garden

How To Make a Luminous White Garden

Catching Moonlight I think of a white garden as primarily one that is grown in a part shade nook of a garden, but so many beautiful white flowers are full sun lovers. While very lovely during the day, such a garden would really some into its own after dark, catching...

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Vibrant Victorian House Cutting Garden Flowers

Vibrant Victorian House Cutting Garden Flowers

Flower arranging was first recognized as an art form in the nineteenth century. Decorating the home with flower arrangements was considered an accomplishment that all young ladies should acquire. It was one of the skills that the mistress of the house acquired for...

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Simplifying Garden Color Theory

Simplifying Garden Color Theory

Color is basic to the design of a garden. It is usually the first thing we think of when deciding to plant our landscape, although it might take a back seat once the design process is underway. It is never very far from our plans

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What Is a Secret Garden?

What Is a Secret Garden?

Have you ever wandered upon the title of something and wondered just what it is? That came about for me long after I had read and re-read the child's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden. As a gardener, I began to want to create my own. The idea of a...

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