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Color

The First Thing We Notice

Color in the landscape, a pleasing harmony or eye-catching focus, is a powerful tool.

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Style

5 Garden Principle Ideas

Put together your plan, complement your home, bring curb appeal to the fore.

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Structures

Visit Parks And Gardens

Ideas for your yard from public garden spaces

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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Bright Ideas For Fall Foliage

Bright Ideas For 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 changing foliage that delights our eye. Even the bountiful blooms of chrysanthemums in their...

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Learn From The Experts: Piet Oudolf

Learn From The Experts: Piet Oudolf

  Garden Expert About Piet Oudolf "The idea is not to copy nature, but to give a feeling of nature."   The Big Picture I like to connect people with the processes of their own lives. What it takes humans a lifetime to experience, a plant will experience in...

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Learn From the Experts: Vita Sackville-West

Learn From the Experts: Vita Sackville-West

Garden Expert About Vita Sackville-West the strictest formality of design, with the maximum informality in planting English Garden Maven -Rooms and White Gardens If you grow a 'White Garden, 'Moon Garden', or plan on it, you have Sackville-West to thank. Her garden at...

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Specie Tulips Are Picture-Perfect in Miniature Gardens

Specie Tulips Are Picture-Perfect in Miniature Gardens

Discover Wildling Tulips The specie tulips have a charm all their own, with the small size, but tough constitution of plants that grow in the wild. Tulipa polychroma is an example of the delicacy of the flower and form of the species class. Grown in pots makes them...

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Ornaments in the Garden: Bird Baths

Ornaments in the Garden: Bird Baths

Do You Have Room For A Bird Bath? A birdbath is more than a garden ornament, it is an important accessory for the birds which visit your garden. They need access to water not only for drinking but for cooling off in the summer heat. I don't like to see yard ornaments...

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Attract and Nurture Butterflies in a Sunny Garden

Attract and Nurture Butterflies in a Sunny Garden

A circle of sunshine and flowers to attract a mob of butterflies is dream for many of us. We can imagine ourselves stretched out comfortably in a lawn chair, drink in hand, while entertained by graceful fluttering wings in jeweled colors visit the bright flower beds....

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Simple but Stunning Containers

Simple but Stunning Containers

Sometimes Less Really IS More While a container recipe with a range of plant material can be achingly beautiful, there are times we want the flower statement to be powerful and simple. This can give a stunning effect. Especially true when planters are viewed from...

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Ideas From a French Garden

Ideas From a French Garden

A video tour of a French garden presents a slew of ideas to create pleasing features in our own home places. (The Aussie Garden makeover at the end of this post lays out how that works, practically). Les Jardins de Maizicourt in Northern France First, let's look at...

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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

Milkweed Makes Mainstream

Once, it was a field plant of waste or fallow ground. A weed of wild and unkempt places which delighted only children who were fascinated b the silky down of the open boat-shaped pods. Now, with the decline of the Monarch butterflies, their favored food source,...

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Spring Container of Bulbs

Spring Container of Bulbs

View the video for: Pretty effects for earliest container plantings: spring bulbs. One thing I would add to the information is that in Ohio it would be important to store the container in a frost free area. Somewhere the bulbs would get chilled, but not frozen...

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Why Homeowners Should Be Familiar with Garden Design

Why Homeowners Should Be Familiar with Garden Design

Just as the inside of a building needs a design plan and benefits from a sense of style, so does does the property around it. This is an important reason why homeowners should be familiar with good garden design. Style and design aren't just a pretty face for a...

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Rethink Your Front Yard

Rethink Your Front Yard

It is almost September, and in my neck of the woods that means time for lawn chores ...like seeding, feeding, and chemical weeding. If lawns look very bad after this summer's drought, some might say you should start from scratch. Let's look at that idea, but with a...

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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 Cutting Garden Flowers For A Victorian House

Vibrant Cutting Garden Flowers For A Victorian House

Flower arranging was first recognized as an art form in the Victorian era. 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 gracious...

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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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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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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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Heirloom Tomatoes To Treat Your Tastebuds

Heirloom Tomatoes To Treat Your Tastebuds

First of all, what are "heirloom tomatoes"? Why are they a treat to your tastebuds? Without the long version of history, heirloom vegetables are varieties that stood the test of time, often handed down in families of farmers and gardeners. They might have been...

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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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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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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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Heuchera, Native Perennial for Shade

Heuchera, Native Perennial for Shade

From a supporting actor in dappled shade gardens to the bright star of foliage effects, Heuchera has come a long way with many cultivars now available that are mostly grown for their showy and colorful leaves. Contents The Look The Needs Gardening Tips Fun Facts When...

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