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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.

seating

Structures

Visit Parks And Gardens

Ideas for your yard from public garden spaces

The Purpose Of Your Home Landscape Design

The Purpose Of Your Home Landscape Design

Using our resources of time, money, and effort to its best use to incorporate style into our garden is the purpose of a good design plan. Let’s start this look at what our landscape design means to our front yard, the most public space.

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My Little Pond

A few years ago, my husband brought home a molded pond kit that was on sale at the end of the season. That began my water gardening adventure.

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Seating Spots: The Well Placed Bench

Seating Spots: The Well Placed Bench

The message of any group of seats or well placed benches is that a garden is a place to rest, relax, and enjoy. Every hard working gardener needs to take a breather and we all should take some time to sit and enjoy the fruits of our labors. A Quiet Spot To Sit Entire...

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Hardy Prairie Plants, Tough Survivors

Hardy Prairie Plants, Tough Survivors

A Prairie Is The All American Garden Some twenty years ago I moved to a very flat part of the state of Ohio. It interested me as a gardener to find out more about the original land, why it was so flat and treeless, and what sort of climate created it. Turns out, this...

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The Role Of Silver-Leaved Plants In The Garden

The Role Of Silver-Leaved Plants In The Garden

The role of silver leaf plants is varied, but always welcome in the garden design. In borders or partnered with shrubs, as ground covers, in contrast or in a harmonizing role, silver foliaged plants should be used more often. Ideas for using them in your landscape.

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Five Principle Ideas in Designing a Beautiful Garden

Five Principle Ideas in Designing a Beautiful Garden

Everyone wants to do it: design beautiful landscape spaces around their home. It may seem outside most abilities and budgets, but that is simply not true. With some ingenuity, guidance, and effort, homeowners can create a beautiful yard that is a tribute to their home...

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Ideas and Recipes for Summer Flowering Containers

Ideas and Recipes for Summer Flowering Containers

A Moveable Feast Of Summer Color Flowering containers are like a feast of color, a concentrated burst of plants. They draw the eye and give an appetizing presentation of foliage and blooms to delight the viewer. Unless the flowering containers are so large and...

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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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The Butterfly Bush In My Garden

The Butterfly Bush In My Garden

I have had a couple years when the Butterfly bush returned after winter, and one time it seeded itself and bloomed in one spot, but I think this Zone 5 garden with winter wet soils and strong wind is just not good for these plants.

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How To Get Your Garden to Take Care Of You

How To Get Your Garden to Take Care Of You

Most of my time in my garden was centered around how to take care of it: dig it, feed it, plant it, weed it, prune it, and on and on. But along the way I found I needed, and received things from my garden, as well. I still have to labor in those tasks which cultivate...

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The Trouble With Walkways

The Trouble With Walkways

Nothing in this life is perfect, certainly not our pathways, and that can be something of a metaphor for us. I have been working on my flagstone pathway again- it is a regular job- and it got me thinking about pathways in general, and how none of them have ever been...

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Monochromatic Gardens

Monochromatic Gardens

Just Choose One Single Color Gardens "...besides my small grey garden, I badly want others, and especially a gold garden, a blue garden, and a green garden" ~ Gertrude Jekyll, 'Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden' To be completely honest, I cannot contain my color...

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Gold Flowers For A Cottage Garden

Gold Flowers For A Cottage Garden

Have you ever wanted a monochromatic garden, one made with most or all the flowers in just one glorious color? Here are selections for a golden afternoon of color all season long.

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Buddleia Bushes, The Butterfly Magnet

Buddleia Bushes, The Butterfly Magnet

Premier Plant for the Butterfly Garden Buddleia davidii So attractive to butterflies that its common name is "Butterfly Bush", the group of shrubs bloom throughout the summer and lend a graceful note to the garden. The nectar filled, conical inflorescence of flowers...

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Blue Sky Flowers

Blue Sky Flowers

Heavenly Blue Come Down Into The Garden I was traveling the Highway in an area of the Western United States and looking down below me at a home in the desert (to my Ohioan eyes) on to a patch of shimmering blue shining from a circle in the yard. This oasis of blue sky...

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A Garden of Simples, Growing Medicinal Herbs

A Garden of Simples, Growing Medicinal Herbs

Herbs are useful food, medicine, and flavorings, and have time proven properties. Warnings are necessary because proper knowledge is needed when taking even the most natural source of medicine. More and more findings about spices and herbs show that these are indeed healing plants

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Learn From The Experts: Gertrude Jekyll

Learn From The Experts: Gertrude Jekyll

Formidable in her time, Gertrude Jekyll has had an immense impact on modern gardening. Her name is still venerated even when her writings and what remains of her garden designs might be unknown to most gardeners. Of the many gardens she designed, some sources report...

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Flower Garden Design Keeps Curb Appeal In The Pink

Flower Garden Design Keeps Curb Appeal In The Pink

For Your Pink Flower Garden Design Plants And Ideas: A pink flower garden design, does that sound too much like something a little girl would dream up? Boring or a bit too precious? Pink monochromatic gardens have plenty of interest, are versatile and sophisticated if...

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How To Make A Fairy Garden Terrarium

How To Make A Fairy Garden Terrarium

If you live in a cold climate, you know that for at least half the year (from October through May) frost threatens the garden. And if you have grown to love your outdoor fairy garden -or simply have a hankering to create a miniature garden inside your home, a...

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More Faerie Garden Resources

More Faerie Garden Resources

A Fairy Garden Curation To collate all the resources I've been making and collecting, an index of fairy garden links seems in order! Instead of this article I decided a complete permanent page was an easier way to find the many tutorials, creative ideas and articles...

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Learn From The Experts: Russell Page

Learn From The Experts: Russell Page

“I have always tried to shape gardens each as a harmony linking people to nature, house to landscape, the plant to its soil. Everything that distracts from the idea of a unity must go.”Russell Page, The Education of a Gardener, 1962 One of the pre-eminent...

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Fairy Garden Gallery

Fairy Garden Gallery

Recently I was out and about and looking at different fairy garden displays in local nurseries. The selection of plants and tiny furnishings, not to mention replicas of the fairies themselves has mushroomed. I hope you enjoy this gallery presentation. A delightful...

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Three Fairy Garden Plans

Three Fairy Garden Plans

A Fairy Garden Indoors, and a Fairy Garden Outdoors The Indoor Fairy Garden The Three Fairy Garden Plans: Indoor Fairy Garden Plants Outdoor Shady Fairy Garden Plants Outdoor Sunny Fairy Garden Plants Because an Indoor Fairy Garden is created to stay inside your home,...

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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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Grow Spectacular Clematis This Year

Grow Spectacular Clematis This Year

This is something of a guide to choosing some spectacular Clematis varieties, and tips on how to grow them well. For further, detailed information on planting or pruning them, Follow links to other pages on this site about the showy, clambering Clematis Big Beautiful...

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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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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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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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5 Outstanding Shrubs for Small Spaces

5 Outstanding Shrubs for Small Spaces

Planning A Small Garden: Shrubs You Will Love What makes a shrub qualify as "best small shrub" for your garden? Compact dimensions, for sure, but to add that "certain something", exciting bloom or all season interest certainly factors into the equation. For those who...

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