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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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Landscaping Topics

Who Are The Bad Bugs?

Who Are The Bad Bugs?

What Makes A Bug "Bad"? There are oh-so-many bad insects that invade our gardens, I couldn't begin to name them all, even if I tried. There is, however, a top villains list to collate, and a few tips to save our gardens from them. Ohio's really "bad bugs" are usually...

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Pyracantha To Set The Fall Garden Afire

Pyracantha To Set The Fall Garden Afire

Pyracantha Comes In Many Varieties The spiny Pyracantha shrub, also known as the firethorn bush, is a versatile addition to the landscape. It can be used as a hedge, an espalier feature, or a shrub specimen. Berries, which are the main attraction of this shrub, can...

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Make a Topiary

Make a Topiary

The garden art of topiary, more than any other gardening practice, shows the handiwork of human control of the landscape. So, I suppose that may help explain the Roman fascination with it.

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Handy List of Plant Lists

Handy List of Plant Lists

Nothing has been more helpful to me than having a list of plants for specific situations.These lists were often included in the Appendix sections of the older garden books, and I found myself referencing them constantly as I got to know my garden and encountered...

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Landscape Interest: Dwarf Hinoki Cypress

Landscape Interest: Dwarf Hinoki Cypress

Landscaping With Chamaecyparis obtusa This is one evergreen you can count on to remain well-behaved by the house. How many times have you seen the common arborvitae, or large juniper shrubs outgrowing their given space, and looking awkward and overgrown? Too many to...

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5 Unusual Ornamental Trees

5 Unusual Ornamental Trees

These trees will provide a decorative accent that will become a real feature in your garden. They are Unusual in the sense of not commonly seen in landscapes, not in the difficulty of obtaining them. All five choices are hardy, smaller sized trees which grow in a wide...

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Positioning Trees in Your Garden

Positioning Trees in Your Garden

Where should I plant a new tree? This can be a difficult decision to make, and why it is a great help to have some form of plan. Trees are one of the most important elements of your landscape. They have a long time frame of growth, as well as an impact on both space...

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Sweet Gum Trees

Sweet Gum Trees

The Sweet Gum tree is a truly beautiful tree for your landscape, although not everyone is a fan. The Latin name is Liquidambar...

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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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English Ivy, Beauty Or Bane In The Garden?

English Ivy, Beauty Or Bane In The Garden?

Beloved of some and bane to others, English Ivy, Hedera helix, is a groundcover/climber that I happen to love. It is on the PCA "Least Wanted" List,  so caveats are sprinkled through this profile. This is one of those plants that has both pros and cons, and elicits...

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Why Are Leaves Purple?

Why Are Leaves Purple?

Purple-foliaged plants fascinate and draw attention to themselves. Gardeners often love them for both novelty and contrast. Adding burgundy and deep red flowers creates a rich tapestry, always dramatic and bold in their effect.

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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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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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Container Gardening With Favorite Annuals

Container Gardening With Favorite Annuals

Using My Favorite Flowers For Container Gardening [Part One] [Part Two] Continuing to feature some of the beautiful ways that annuals can brighten up a garden. By joining the container recipes and annual plant highlights in the post, this gives ideas you can use in...

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Victorian Gardens

Victorian Gardens

Painting by John Constable reveals a shrubbery, large round flowerbed and border with roses. Set within a country estate, with plenty of room for such features. By Velvet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 The History: The Victorian Age lasted over a long period and holds...

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Container Recipes with Favorite Annual Plants

Container Recipes with Favorite Annual Plants

I love annuals! So much so, that it is a daunting task to try to profile all my favorites. As I was planting up my containers, it occurred to me that the ones I was combining in my pots and baskets would be an ideal way to share some of these ideas for containers with...

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