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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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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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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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Seed Starting Tips

Sun, Partial Sun or Partial Shade, Dappled Sun, Full Shade

Light requirements for plants are listed in all the resources, but what is meant by "Full Sun, Partial Sun- Partial Shade, Dappled Sun, Full Shade" designations for sunlight? Why Sunlight Conditions Are Important Ilona's green thumb tips Knowing which situation is...

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Growing Delicious Greens

Growing Delicious Greens

Guide to Growing Baby Greens for Good Health Homegrown Salad Mix Source Tasty Salad Greens from Your Own Garden One of the first crops most of us try (and have success with) are salad greens. Because they are so simple to grow they give us an instant sense of garden...

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Attract The Good Bugs To Your Garden

Attract The Good Bugs To Your Garden

Bringing beneficial insects into the garden is only part of the story. Attracting good bugs and keeping them there to control pests or pollinate plants is an important part of organic gardening practice. What Types of Insects Benefit The Garden? Praying Mantis Praying...

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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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Ornaments in the Garden: Bird Baths

Ornaments in the Garden: Bird Baths

Do You Have Room For A Bird Bath? A birdbath 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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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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For Fairy Gardens: Miniature and Fine-Leaved Plants

For Fairy Gardens: Miniature and Fine-Leaved Plants

Leaves come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the ways landscapers describe the visual impact of leaf size is "texture". Surface texture of plants is made up of the combination of leaf size and how open or "airy" the plant may be in structure. Let's look at those...

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Country Garden Plants for an English Garden Style

Country Garden Plants for an English Garden Style

Country Flowers For American Gardens Colorful Blooms In The English Style Why "country garden" plants? What denotes a country rather than urban plant? If I were to write the definition for the comparison, it would center around the amount of care and attention a plant...

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Fairy Garden Extras

Fairy Garden Extras

For those who love fairy gardens.... Fairy Garden Accessories There are three wonderful and enchanting things about building a fairy garden, one is the planning, another is the furnishing with plants and little ornaments, the final would be the many moments of fantasy...

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Too Many Flowers

Too Many Flowers

How can you say that there are too many flowers? What sort of garden heresy is this? Perhaps too many flowers all at one time is a distraction in your garden, instead of an attraction.  Perhaps the idea of garden design which highlights the season's beauty, but in an...

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Make a Fairy Garden -Inspiration

Make a Fairy Garden -Inspiration

 Begin Once upon a time, there was a little clearing in the garden, an empty old wheelbarrow, a broken flower pot... and then inspiration and imagination created an intricate and fascinating tiny world! After getting the basic fairy garden components together,...

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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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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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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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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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