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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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Decluttering Your Garden

Decluttering Your Garden

Yes, I have a problem with clutter, why do you ask? My garden gets cluttered like everything else, and like everything else, I have decided on a campaign to declutter it. What ways do clutter habits crowd out my garden's best potentials? Let me count the ways. I have...

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Butterfly Garden, Make Your Yard A Destination

Butterfly Garden, Make Your Yard A Destination

Butterfly gardens are simply a collection of plants, butterfly friendly methods, and the addition of a few special features. Anyone can have one in any size space. The magic begins when the butterflies discover it and arrive. Make your own butterfly garden, or a...

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For Dry Spaces : Plant List

For Dry Spaces : Plant List

One of the most valuable pieces of plant information is a list of plants for a particular growing condition. There are always certain spaces in the yard which are difficult to use to good advantage, but with using a plant that either tolerates or likes that condition...

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Mugo Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine

Mugo Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine

Pinus Mugo Mugo Pines are dwarf trees, and they keep their shape well with yearly attention in the spring. These aromatic, evergreen, dwarf trees highlight my foundation planting. Although not as popular as they once were, they are still widely used in home...

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For Dry Spaces : Plant List

Plant List of Food Favorites for Avian Friends

Quicklist of plants to use in your efforts to make your gardens more environmentally friendly. There are repetitions in the lists when certain plants are supportive of more than one type of fauna in your flora. Plant List for Birds The LIST: Annual flowers: Dill...

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Tough Plants for Tough Places

Tough Plants for Tough Places

Have a challenging area to plant? What do we do with those problems areas? Well, we might just want to pave them, but what if we need a few green things growing there? Here are some tough plants to try in those problem spots. Sunny and Dry: You'll notice many of these...

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Amelanchier, The Service Tree

Amelanchier, The Service Tree

I wondered why this tree was called the "Service Tree" or the "Serviceberry". One story tells it that its bloom signaled when the graves could be dug in the spring in Appalachia. These types of trees are also called "Juneberry" and "Shadbush", and...

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The Beautiful Annabelle

The Beautiful Annabelle

There have been times when the full blossomed Annabelle fairly burst forth in the garden, and I was embarrassed by her almost obscene abundance of giant orbs of bloom. Ah, Annabelle, "my darling, my darling" - as the famous Poe poem goes, in the right place is no...

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Importance Of Your Viewsheds

Importance Of Your Viewsheds

In a very real way your garden is the connection between you and your surroundings. That has a number of different perspectives, including the house and the greater surroundings, the plantings and the house, and the garden with "borrowed views", or viewsheds. Some of...

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The Xeriscape Solution

The Xeriscape Solution

What is a xeriscape? Xeriscaping is the art of taking plants that need little water and using them in your landscape. That is the best worded definition I have found. The dictionary says, "environmental design of residential and park land using various methods for...

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5 Tips and 5 Recipes For Enviable Flowering Containers

5 Tips and 5 Recipes For Enviable Flowering Containers

If you are looking for a container garden recipe or two (or three or more!) I have a number of pages dedicated to meeting your desire. I include five on this page, along with the tips you can follow for blooming success. Follow These 5 Easy Container Gardening Tips To...

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Your Own French Potager

Your Own French Potager

There is the kitchen garden, and then there is the French potager. This may be like saying, there is cuisine, and then there is French cuisine. You may interpret the distinction in your own mind, but I think there is a subcategory that the French potager holds as all...

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Importance Of Your Viewsheds

Importance Of Your Viewsheds

In a very real way your garden is the connection between you and your surroundings. That has a number of different perspectives, including the house and the greater surroundings, the plantings and the house, and the garden with "borrowed views", or viewsheds. Some of...

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Asclepias tuberosa ‘Butterfly Weed’

Asclepias tuberosa ‘Butterfly Weed’

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, isn't as popular as it could be. Maybe the combination of the "weed" appellation and the bright orange color, but this is really a fine garden plant. Its clear orange brings a pleasing "pop" to the garden, no less for its drawing...

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Flora and Fauna: Hummingbirds

Flora and Fauna: Hummingbirds

Animated Jewels of the Garden The tiny hummingbird captures our hearts with a fascination few other birds inspire. And since I have my own little anecdote to share,they rate an entire page to themselves; but as you will see, that is nothing, there are whole sites...

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Encouraging the Honeybees: Making a Bee Garden

Encouraging the Honeybees: Making a Bee Garden

The honeybee populations of the USA have been drastically diminishing Learn about Colony Collapse Disorder], and though no one knows exactly why, one factor is less foraging. We gardeners can do something about that! Starvation is currently considered...

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Winter Outlines Garden Bones

Winter Outlines Garden Bones

Winter is a stark time for most of us in a temperate climate. Doubly so when a fresh snowfall creates lines and shapes, filled in with snowy white. We then see our garden in silhouette, and all its features are outlined for us to better judge the proportions and...

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Contorted Hazel

Contorted Hazel

Preeminent for winter interest, the Contorted Hazel, or 'Harry Lauder's Walking Stick' all add up to the same beautifully twisted, gnarled branches standing out in the bleak wintertime views. All of these common names refer to one tree, "Corylus avellana 'Contorta' "....

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Five Point Plan At Your New Place

Five Point Plan At Your New Place

If you have a new home, or the home is new to you, you probably want to keep up or improve the appearances of the place. I've talked with lots of people from my hair stylist to people on the street about their plans to landscape, and what they want and need. Seen more...

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A Tranquil, White, Scented Garden

A Tranquil, White, Scented Garden

The White Garden Making an all white garden used to be quite a popular undertaking. Although the idea probably started (in modern gardening times anyway) with Gertrude Jekyll in her book, Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden, it was Vita Sackville-West who created the...

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