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All great gardens are light-and-shadow experiences, and Alex Geremia’s is no exception. The tree aloe is ‘Hercules’, the blue explosions with trunks, Yucca rostrata. Alex Geremia Garden, Santa Barbara, CA.

How to make succulents feel at home, from the author of Designing with Succulents.

Because they are the least demanding of all plants, succulents require very little from their owners. However, for succulents to look their best, they do need some consideration as you’re laying out your site. Imagine being rooted and unable to move, and then exposed to too much (or too little) light, wind, heat, rain, and cold. Landscape professionals and gardening enthusiasts who use succulents as a living palette make a point of providing the right sun exposure, microclimates, and soil mix.

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This ingenious DIY wall is high enough to divide the garden and patio area into a room separate from the driveway, adding a pop of color visible from both sides.

There might be a lot about your landscape you find less than Pinterest-perfect. While not as exciting as starting from scratch, adding enhancing touches with color and artistry is a quick, affordable way to transform your garden and add more personality to your yard.

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The diagonal design of the patio and the transition area echo the diagonal design of the existing deck. Included photos by Jeff Nawrocki.

If you are a homeowner looking for some inspiration, or a professional designer vetting potential hardscaping strategies, this redesign of a shady back yard will shed some light on how renovation can revolutionize a garden.

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All included photos by Sarah Culver.

Vegetables play a large, enchanting role in Chinese meals and traditions, and a Chinese kitchen garden is rich with versatile winter staples. Read more about Wendy’s family history along with gardening and cooking tips for cold-weather crops.

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The dramatic granite spires of the Bugaboos in British Columbia are the result of glaciation and erosion.

The most vivid examples of North America’s geological diversity also happen to be a climber’s paradise. Learn some of the natural history surrounding these gems as conversation-starters for when you’re between routes swapping peak-bagging tales with fellow rock hounds.

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In her article “Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain,” Natalie Angier details the unexpected hunting habits that are driving some researchers to consider mantises a class all their own. With 3D vision and “scant regard for food-chain decorum,” mantises may be less like insects and more like aspiring vertebrates.

Inspired, and a little unnerved out to be honest, by Angier’s article, we are revisiting Vladimir Dinet’s Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors for some strange and unsettling insect dining habits.

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“When you buy a piece of wall art, it creates ambiance and you can look at it when you come home. When you wear art, you take it with you everywhere you go, and it allows you to express yourself to the world.”

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The kaleidoscope of colors on this U.S. Geological Survey map represents the dominant—and diverse—rock types exposed at the surface throughout North America.

If you’re curious about the world around you, enjoy the big-picture perspective, and are interested in some of the processes that are constantly reshaping our planet, here’s a crash course on the basics of North America’ geology.

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Guided and bulleted journals are ubiquitous on Instagram these days, but is this just another lifestyle fad (like eating more purple food and wearing athleisure in the office), or is using a more visual and creative day planner here to stay?

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Glowing jack-o’-lanterns, creaking porches, cobwebdraped windows and doors, and kids laughing and scaring each other willy-nilly are among the sights and sounds that make our spines tingle every October. Halloween is fun for everyone. But when it comes to the garden, full-size or miniature, there is only one very scary thing to make: a haunted graveyard.

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