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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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Garden: Fail

Garden: Fail

Sometimes you can learn from garden failures, and since I have had a lot of experience with that... you can probably learn a lot from me! Sure, everyone wants to see the successes and vicariously ride the coattails of the 'Green Thumb Wonders'. But believe me, even...

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Ten Top Perennial Choices

Ten Top Perennial Choices

If reduced to ten plants around which to plan the gardening season, which would I choose? This post is based on the one I wrote for my blog, but I think I would stand by the thoughts written in 2004.This isn't based upon the criteria of "what I liked the most" in a...

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Alberta Spruce

Alberta Spruce

Alberta spruce, Picea glauca 'Conica' is a favored dwarf evergreen for foundation and landscape use. I have grown them in both my rural and city garden. Their greatest drawback is the spider mite infestations they are prone to- which I never suffered in the city...

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Mulch for Moisture

Mulch for Moisture

One of the best ways to conserve moisture in your garden is through the practice of mulching. There are many materials and methods and they each have their advantages and drawbacks. I thought I would write about my experiences with some of them, since this is turning...

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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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Picea Abies ‘Nidiformis’

Picea Abies ‘Nidiformis’

  Bird's Nest Spruce Many dwarf evergreens begin as mutations of some larger tree, and that is true of this popular foundation plant. 'Nidiformis', the Nest Spruce, formed from a Norway Spruce witches' broom. Harvested from an aberration "witches broom", which...

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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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4 Fast Growing Trees

Willow Tree, Gracefully Weeping

Willow trees grow fast, but that is not the main reason to grow them. The main reason is their graceful presence in the landscape. I planted my first willow trees five years ago, and that one is now among the largest trees on the property. It creates a sense of...

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The Color of Brick and Your Flowers

The Color of Brick and Your Flowers

I've seen a lot of interest in trying to choose attractive plantings for a brick home. This is related to the general choices of creating harmony between the house and the landscape. Just as certain garden styles match certain architecture, so certain colors of bloom...

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Redbud Tree, the Understory

Redbud Tree, the Understory

The redbud grows to about 20-30 feet, although most I’ve seen are much smaller even with time. It probably depends on its growing conditions. It tends to vase to dome shaped, and most have bright pink, pea shaped flowers and persistent pods fluttering from the branches. The flowers start as tiniest little pink slippers of bud, then expand into deeper rose…just the color many old fashioned roses. They stand out brightly in the spring landscape, and look especially lovely with companions of dark evergreens and white blooming viburnums.

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Container Gardening Brings Color Where You Want It

Container Gardening Brings Color Where You Want It

Creating Brightly Colored Accents Containers make eye catching focal points, or can even comprise an entire garden picture when grouped together. With the variety of ways you can plant containers with different styles, sizes, and combination of plants the effects and...

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Sweet Woodruff

Sweet Woodruff

Galium odoratum, beautiful groundcover Another sweet smelling plant, this time for a groundcover. Sweet woodruff makes a beautiful base for trees or shrubs -which is how my mother grew it. I took a start, a bit of rooted section (the best way to multiply this plant),...

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Country Gardens

Country Gardens

Let the Land Suggest Your Garden Style A Place in the Country........finding the Genius Loci of the wide open spaces Country gardens are somewhat different than city gardens. Besides the onslaught of the elements, the broad vistas create a demand on design. The large...

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The Cutting Garden

The Cutting Garden

Like the kitchen garden, and sometimes a part of it, the cutting garden is made in response to the desire for fresh bouquets and flowers for arrangements. "Arrangements" sounds formal, like the professional florists art. You may have that in mind, but many people just...

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The Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden

Dreaming of succulent vegetables, fruits bursting with sweetness and juice, redolent herbs to spice up the cooking pot? Like many before you, a kitchen garden may be just what the doctor ordered, literally. With today's emphasis on healthy eating of fresh fruits and...

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The Herb Garden

The Herb Garden

An herb garden is a delight, learn more about how to incorporate herbs into your own landscape plan.

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A Serenity Garden

A Serenity Garden

Garden Retreats Making a peaceful place Any portion of a garden can become a place of peace and repose, and I think it is well worth making at least a spot in the garden a place of quiet and reflection. Better yet, creating a theme garden dedicated to a feeling of...

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