Go for Gold in Holiday Containers

Yellow twig dogwood and faux berries add a subtle gold to the larger container. Piling gold ornaments on a bed of greenery is an easy, elegant front-door look. Nothing says happy holidays like a big, festive container of piney greens on your front porch. Add some red berries or twigs and you’re good to go.…

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A New Guide to Outside Style

With its friendly tone, practical sensibility and solid advice, Ryan McEnaney’s new book, Field Guide to Outside Style: Design and Plant Your Perfect Outdoor Space (Cool Springs Press, 2022), would be a great gift to any new homeowner or experienced gardener ready to revamp their yard. This book approaches garden design in a way that…

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7 Ways to Downsize Your Garden Gently

There comes a moment in every gardener’s journey when your back really hurts. And, some time after that—maybe weeks or months or years—you think, “Maybe this is too much garden?” Deciding to downsize your garden can be an emotional decision, but you don’t have to abandon your garden to make it fit your lifestyle, your…

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How to Build a Rain Garden

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Rain gardens collect and filter stormwater runoff from impermeable surfaces such as building rooftops and parking lots. These surfaces often contain pollutants and debris like chemicals from cars, pet waste, grass clippings, road salt, and other nutrient-heavy sediment that rainfall washes away. We can prevent these foreign particles from washing into nearby waterways by redirecting…

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Tips for Planting a Boulevard Garden

That strip of land between the sidewalk and the street—the boulevard or sometimes, the hellstrip—offers exciting space opportunities for gardeners who want to expand their plantings. But planting a boulevard garden requires honest assessment, careful plant choices and diligent maintenance. Assess the Space First things first: Make sure it’s legal to plant on the boulevard.…

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Plants for a Cutting Garden

Wondering what to grow in your cutting garden? Check out this list of best plants for a cut flower garden from author Susy Morris. For tips on growing cut flowers, check out this post. Annuals — These will bloom all season long and are the backbone of your cutting garden! Sweet peas have a wonderful…

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Grow a Cut Flower Garden

With farmers’ markets overflowing with beautiful bouquets of local flowers, it seems everyone is thinking about adding a cutting garden. Even a small 4-by-4 foot bed (see drawing below) can yield more than enough blooms, especially if you choose varieties with a long flowering season and a long vase life. Augment these cut flowers with…

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Building a Raised Bed with Legs

The previous post discussed a couple of ways to build a basic raised bed garden, either for on your deck or in the ground. In this post, we’ll talk about how to build a raised bed with legs. If you are considering building a standing raised bed, stay on until the end of the post…

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Design That Says “Welcome to My Garden”

Some gardens seem to ooze the sentiment “welcome to my garden” whether through gates, entries, welcoming pots or window boxes. After seeing about 40 gardens over the past couple of months, I could not help but notice how many different ways gardeners used to say “welcome.” This post will be mostly pictures and I hope…

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The Joy of a Secluded Garden

Gardeners have long known the value of a good fence or hedge. Putting a barrier between your garden and the outside world creates calm and a place where you can socialize with friends or just settle in with a good book. It also creates a distinct perimeter to design within and a cozy sense of…

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