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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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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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List of Flowering Perennials for Dry Shade

List of Flowering Perennials for Dry Shade

The Difficult Spot Dry shade is usually considered a very difficult spot for plants. Under Maple trees, with their heavy shade and shallow roots, or under overhanging eaves next to a building, these areas are less than ideal. We may want to mulch them with stones or...

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Growing the Best Ornamental Bushes with Berries

Growing the Best Ornamental Bushes with Berries

Most of thoughts about ornamental bushes gravitate towards those which bloom in the spring. We are in love with the flowers of spring, their fragrance and color. Some shrubs are even iconic of the beginning of our gardening season: lilacs, forsythias, witch hazels....

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I have seen some wonderful combinations of planting dark Cotinus behind a turquoise painted bench or boldly, a bright red bench set into a darkly green woodland setting.

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5 Secrets for Growing Your Own Seedbank

5 Secrets for Growing Your Own Seedbank

ou may wish to grow your own seed supply for plants that you love. Perhaps they are hard to get or simply grow well in your garden and you wish to have a continuing stock. If that is your plan here are 5 "secrets" of success to get you started. It...

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Top Tips for Planting Trees

Why People Plant Trees Reasons to plant trees are sometimes the same used to procrastinate tree planting. It all boils down to time and expense. If you are looking for a way to improve the value of your property, and making the yard a place for the family to enjoy,...

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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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Propagate and Prune Your Forsythia Shrub

Propagate and Prune Your Forsythia Shrub

This page has specific help for those who want to propagate or prune their Forsythia bushes. Videos for the best advice on how to accomplish these tasks and information highlights to give you good success in the care and multiplication of your spring blooming shrub. The instructions are applicable to most Spring flowering shrubs that we commonly grow in our gardens.

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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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Premiere Garden Ornament: a Lovely Bird Bath

Premiere Garden Ornament: a Lovely Bird Bath

Do You Have Room for a Bird Bath? A bird bath 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 amazingly beautiful, there are times we simply want the flower statement to be powerful and simple. This can give a stunning effect. Especially true when planters are viewed...

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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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5 Points for Successful Homegrown Seedlings

Two big reasons to start your own plants from seed: It is far more economical to have large numbers of plants when grown this way. Varieties that are rare or nigh impossible to source, otherwise, are available. With a little know how most seedlings will sprout and...

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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 (Asclepsias Species)

Milkweed Makes Mainstream (Asclepsias Species)

Once, Asclepsias syriaca, or Milkweed as it is commonly known, was a field plant of waste or fallow ground. A weed of wild and unkempt places which delighted only children who were fascinated by the silky down of the open boat-shaped pods. Now, with the decline of the...

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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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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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The Butterfly Bush In My Garden

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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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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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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