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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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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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July Garden Chores 2014

July Garden Chores 2014

I skipped writing about June chores and sending out a newsletter because I was too busy doing them- planting, weeding, hoeing, pruning, you-name-it. The very late spring with winter hanging on well past its welcome meant that I had so much to do and little reserve...

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Is It Time To Prune Your Hydrangeas?

Is It Time To Prune Your Hydrangeas?

When is it time to prune hydrangeas? That depends most on which type of hydrangea you have. Is it a mophead, an Annabelle hydrangea? A Pee gee? It's good to know which hydrangea even though most are best pruned in the spring. The quality of that season's bloom depends...

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May Chores Reminder For 2014

May Chores Reminder For 2014

Spring came late, but now it is finally fully arrived. May sees the last of frost, usually, so it is safe to plant the tender annuals and vegetables. I have been sowing wildflower seeds, and look forward to the color this will bring over summer. This month is the main...

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April Garden Chores 2014

April Garden Chores 2014

In this area of the world April is more of a rush of garden work and blooms than usual. Due to the prolonged winter cold of this year the early flowers and all the chores condense into what is already a brief time before the warm summer starts. It is during this...

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A Lionhearted March 2014

A Lionhearted March 2014

2014 Chores for Mid March If I look at photographs of my garden from March's past, they look nothing like the snow covered expanse of my garden this year. No crocuses blooming, and I haven't even seen signs of snowdrops, yet. I always like March with its wild winds...

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Planting A Bare Root Tree

Planting A Bare Root Tree

When I bought trees and shrubs from garden catalog orders, often they were shipped as bare root plants. While we are placing the orders, and dreaming of our garden plans on the cusp of Spring, I thought a brush-up on tips that help make those plantings a success would...

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Shrubs To Feed The Birds

Shrubs To Feed The Birds

I am writing this during one of the coldest, longest winters that I can remember in the lifetime I've lived in Ohio. It started at Thanksgiving with whiz-bang cold and snow and marched right through December. After a very short respite of January thaw, it dived with a...

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Christmas Tree Choice Guide

Christmas Tree Choice Guide

Choosing Made Easy With This Evergreen Guide Which are the most popular? It depends on where you live, but folks from all over voted in a poll that compiled a list of the favorites. Here in Ohio, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, Douglas fir, Pine - both Scotch and sheared...

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New Gardens Or Old Gardens?

People who begin a brand new garden either in their yard or on a new property have an easier time designing , maintaining, making their garden look good. I think that is why a landscaping re-do often entails tearing out everything and starting from a new slate. Sure,...

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Five Principle Ideas in Designing a Beautiful Garden

Five Principle Ideas in Designing a Beautiful Garden

Everyone wants to do it: design beautiful landscape spaces around their home. It may seem outside most abilities and budgets, but that is simply not true. With some ingenuity, guidance, and effort, homeowners can create a beautiful yard that is a tribute to their home...

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Ideas and Recipes for Summer Flowering Containers

Ideas and Recipes for Summer Flowering Containers

A Moveable Feast Of Summer Color Flowering containers are like a feast of color, a concentrated burst of plants. They draw the eye and give an appetizing presentation of foliage and blooms to delight the viewer. Unless the flowering containers are so large and...

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What Is a Secret Garden?

What Is a Secret Garden?

Have you ever wandered upon the title of something and wondered just what it is? That came about for me long after I had read and re-read the child's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden. As a gardener, I began to want to create my own. The idea of a...

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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.

read more
Is It Time To Prune Your Hydrangeas?

Is It Time To Prune Your Hydrangeas?

When is it time to prune hydrangeas? That depends most on which type of hydrangea you have. Is it a mophead, an Annabelle hydrangea? A Pee gee? It's good to know which hydrangea even though most are best pruned in the spring. The quality of that season's bloom depends...

read more
Planting A Bare Root Tree

Planting A Bare Root Tree

When I bought trees and shrubs from garden catalog orders, often they were shipped as bare root plants. While we are placing the orders, and dreaming of our garden plans on the cusp of Spring, I thought a brush-up on tips that help make those plantings a success would...

read more
How To Get Your Garden to Take Care Of You

How To Get Your Garden to Take Care Of You

Most of my time in my garden was centered around how to take care of it: dig it, feed it, plant it, weed it, prune it, and on and on. But along the way I found I needed, and received things from my garden, as well. I still have to labor in those tasks which cultivate...

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The Trouble With Walkways

The Trouble With Walkways

Nothing in this life is perfect, certainly not our pathways, and that can be something of a metaphor for us. I have been working on my flagstone pathway again- it is a regular job- and it got me thinking about pathways in general, and how none of them have ever been...

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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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