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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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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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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

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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Spring Blooming Bushes Are First Rate Yard Accents

Spring Blooming Bushes Are First Rate Yard Accents

Planting flowering shrubs will improve the value of your property. We usually think of planting evergreen shrubs in our foundation plantings around the house,as a matter of course. But come spring, it is those that flower which draw our attention: "I want that one,...

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Colorful Red Maple, Acer Rubrum, Grows Fast

Colorful Red Maple, Acer Rubrum, Grows Fast

I think every yard needs a shade tree or two, preferably with some feature that makes you love them. Autumn color is an extremely valuable asset in landscape trees, and this is where the Red maple shines . Its color stands out in the fall and varieties have been chosen to accentuate the quality of color. It is also a fast growing tree, which puts it to the forefront of what many homeowners desire.

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Why Dutch Tulips Are So Easy, And Why They Don’t Last

Why Dutch Tulips Are So Easy, And Why They Don’t Last

Tulips grown from bulbs raised in Holland are the easiest way for even 'brown thumb' gardeners to get fabulous spring garden color. Those big gorgeous tulip blooms don't often recur; a realization brought home in the very next year, or two. This phenomenon of...

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Rethink Your Front Yard

Rethink Your Front Yard

It is almost September, and in my neck of the woods that means time for lawn chores ...like seeding, feeding, and chemical weeding. If lawns look very bad after this summer's drought, some might say you should start from scratch. Let's look at that idea, but with a...

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10 Welcome Self Sowers In My Garden

There are times when nature offers unexpected gifts, and we can capitalize on that generosity when we find desired plants that multiply themselves in our gardens. From a single planting of seeds or when a shrub is allowed to set seed, we may find that our garden has...

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How To Make a Luminous White Garden

How To Make a Luminous White Garden

Catching Moonlight I think of a white garden as primarily one that is grown in a part shade nook of a garden, but so many beautiful white flowers are full sun lovers. While very lovely during the day, such a garden would really some into its own after dark, catching...

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Making Ajuga Fulfill Its Promises

Making Ajuga Fulfill Its Promises

I once read someone's complaint against Ajuga, a plant that has a reputation as a vigorous groundcover that blooms with pretty blue spikes in the spring. They were disappointed with the lack of growth it displayed for them. For me, It has always been a very worthwhile...

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Best Videos About Lavender

British TV provides some of the best views and information on this most fragrant and favorite herb, so let's start a feature length overview. The show features Lavender, not just in the garden, but in cooking and its other uses. Filled with gorgeous color and engaging...

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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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Vibrant Cutting Garden Flowers For A Victorian House

Vibrant Cutting Garden Flowers For A Victorian House

Flower arranging was first recognized as an art form in the Victorian era. Decorating the home with flower arrangements was considered an accomplishment that all young ladies should acquire. It was one of the skills that the mistress of the house acquired for gracious...

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