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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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Three Garden Questions

Three Garden Questions

Many know of the garden author Christopher Lloyd and his famous 'Great Dixter'. Christopher Lloyd passed on from this earthly garden in 2006, but his achievement in creating one of the great gardens of the world continues. An interview with its head gardener, Fergus...

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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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Ten Best Articles on Starting From Seed

Ten Best Articles on Starting From Seed

Expert advice offered on all aspects of starting seeds for your garden is available for free. I gathered what I consider some of the best and most thorough information pages. Many of the PDF files are the best, you will need Adobe Reader for those. Missouri Extension...

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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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Ten Winter Features

Ten Winter Features

Everyone has their opinion of what makes something a joy to the eye. In winter everything is finely edited by our cold weather and killing frosts and further focused when snowfall covers the landscape, but that only means we have a showcase for some plants that make...

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7 Best Tips for Growing Vegetables

7 Best Tips for Growing Vegetables

Gardening is part science, part art. There is a huge knowledge base for growing plants well, especially food plants, but thankfully the knack can be developed without too much trouble. Vegetable plants basically need arable earth and the right amount of sun and water....

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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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Frugal Gardening

Frugal Gardening

As I write this it is late October, and one of the best times to find garden bargains if you hurry out to your local nursery or order from your favorite online catalog. If you don't mind less than ideal weather for planting, you can get fine plants in an end of season...

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Trees of My Landscape -and other trees I love

Trees of My Landscape -and other trees I love

Trees are an incredibly important part of a landscape in the part of the world where I live- as they are in so many. They are one of the first things I notice when traveling to a new region. "What new types of trees are there, and which type predominate in the scenes...

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5 Choices for Living Christmas Trees

5 Choices for Living Christmas Trees

You have to plan a little early for success with living Christmas trees. Dig your planting hole before the ground freezes and be sure to keep your soil in unheated storage. Decide which tree you wish to put into your landscape plan this year.

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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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The Serene Blue Garden

The Serene Blue Garden

While color-themed gardens intrigue in the planning stages, they can be a bit difficult to pull off. One drawback is the self-limiting nature of it... there are so many plants that attract our attention and to reduce them to only one color is quite a task. Then, next,...

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4 Fast Growing Trees

4 Fast Growing Trees

There are more examples than four, but four is the number of those I have grown (besides the fact that they are the most popular). These four are all deciduous trees, which means they seasonally lose their leaves. Because they are fast growing, it is tempting to...

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Viburnum Shrubs

Viburnum Shrubs

Plant for All Seasons The viburnums here are in full swing of spring bloom. Most gardens would benefit from one of these shrubs, or in my case, many of them. Here's look at some of the differences in varieties, some of the assets of growing them, and the care...

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4 Foundation Planting Faux Pas

4 Foundation Planting Faux Pas

Don't Commit These Planting Blunders Size matters. Planting something that will outgrow its spot and crowd windows or entries is a no-no. Ho-hum fashion choices. why be like every other house on the block? You don't have to choose the same...

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Late Summer Leadwort

Late Summer Leadwort

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides One plant that I really appreciate at the end of summer is the bright blue flowering plant sometimes known as plumbago, or leadwort, whose Latin name is Ceratostigma plumbaginoides. It has slowly grown on me, a plant that works as a ground...

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12 Low Growing Spring Perennials

12 Low Growing Spring Perennials

The time to think about spring garden plans is in the fall. Fall planted bulbs such as tulips are available from August onward. And perennials are available in late August thru September.

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Garden Ornaments: To Have or Have Not?

Garden Ornaments: To Have or Have Not?

Garden ornaments are a tricky topic. You are going to risk offending someone or another if you say something is tacky... and it is just your opinion, anyway, right? Well, though my own taste tends towards the garden of little and classic ornament, I have seen all...

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