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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Small Spring Bulbs, Chionodoxa

Small Spring Bulbs, Chionodoxa

Low Growing Bulb for Spring Bloom Glory of the snow, or Chionodoxa is one of those small bulbs with a big name, one which has that irresistible combination of beautiful sky blue color, ease of growing, and charm of form. That makes it the perfect choice for [tooltip...

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Speak Softly: The Language of Flowers

Speak Softly: The Language of Flowers

The language of flowers is a time honored tradition for wedding flowers. Tussie Mussies, those dainty old fashioned bouquets, were once a domain of theLanguage of Flowers. Flower bouquets were used as an expression of emotions in not just events such as weddings or...

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On a Cold Winter’s Night: Indoor Bulbs

On a Cold Winter’s Night: Indoor Bulbs

A Garden In Winter It is so hard for a gardener to lock up the growing season for winter, even when the platoons of garden catalogs begin marching in from the mailbox. Although houseplants offer a bit of green, it is the indoor flower displays from forced bulbs which...

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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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Herbs on your Windowsill

Herbs on your Windowsill

There is something deliciously attractive about a neat row of culinary herbs lining the kitchen windowsill. Whether making your own collection or buying one of the potted up containers that are often available during the holiday season. Growing fresh herbs for kitchen...

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Small Spring Bulbs, Crocus

Small Spring Bulbs, Crocus

Crocus are among the first flowers I planted when first planting my own garden, at age twenty. I had long loved the early spring crocus in my mother's garden, lining the walk leading to the entry door, and at the front of her perennial borders surrounding the...

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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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12 Bright Midsummer Perennial Bloomers

12 Bright Midsummer Perennial Bloomers

Midseason bloom is full of bright summer colors that match the mood and the atmosphere of summer in the Midwest. It gets hot here and the sun during midday is intense. Bright colors glow and there are many annuals and perennials that are at their best at this time of...

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Gallery of Peonies in My Garden, Early June

Gallery of Peonies in My Garden, Early June

Early June just bursts with bloom around here, in my Ohio garden. That is when the scent of the luscious peonies, with early roses such as the Thérèse Bugnet Rose, fill the air and their opulent blossoms are at their best. While I have come to love the fully double...

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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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Edible Flowers, Blooms You Can Eat

Edible Flowers, Blooms You Can Eat

Perhaps you shouldn't eat the daisies, but there are plenty of other blossoms that are edible. Some just brighten the look of your food, some are nutritious, and some are even medicinal in character. Which are these and what should you remember about them if you...

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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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5 Steps To Dazzling Daffodils

5 Steps To Dazzling Daffodils

Planting Easy Care Daffodils Daffodils, Narcissus species, are quite easy to grow, but there are a few things you can do to insure that the bulbs you plant produce a dazzling display of spring bloom year after year. 1 Be sure you plant your bulbs in a place that gets...

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