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Design

Shrinking the design rules for miniature gardens

July 13, 2013

Any design process is mixed with a variety of elements; creating a garden is no different in complexity than designing a dress or the interior of a room. You need to know what to look for first, and how the pieces come together into one design. For example, when identifying the anchor point of the […]

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7 historic leaders of American garden design

June 20, 2013

When researching historic American garden design, you’ll eventually run into leading garden designers, the taste-makers of their times. From the seed curator of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the originator of the outdoor dining room, here are seven “giants of gardening” that Denise Adams and Laura Burchfield came across when researching their book, American […]

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5 philosophical approaches to gardening

May 28, 2013

The past three decades have seen the emergence or revitalization of five important philosophical approaches to gardening, each of which incorporates elements of natural ecosystems into the new sustainable garden.

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Signature planting: Piet Oudolf

April 25, 2013

The following Piet Oudolf projects exemplify what have become recognized as strong signatures in the garden and landscape press, or otherwise stand out for me as signature plantings. —Noel Kingsbury

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12 principles of permaculture [Download]

April 19, 2013

Whether you are starting a new garden or introducing permaculture practices to your existing space, these twelve principles will help guide you along the way. Download after the jump. You can find other downloads on the Timber Press Scribd page. From The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture by Christopher Shein.

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Defend your home against fire with these landscaping techniques

March 21, 2013

Wildfires are increasingly common in many parts of the United States, especially in California. Authors Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren assert that growing native plants diminish the impact of fire on the landscape and our homes. The following selection is from their book, The California Native Landscape. Defending your home against fire Vegetation often has […]

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Brew your own liquid fertilizer

March 19, 2013

Rather than bringing in commercial fertilizer, you can make your own on a weekly or monthly basis by taking certain nutrient-rich plants and brewing them into a watersoluble plant food. Making your own liquid fertilizers is another way to use and value renewable resources. Apply the fertilizers regularly to heavy feeders during the spring and […]

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The prettiest edibles

March 7, 2013

__________ Texture, color, and shape are every bit as important in determining combinations of edibles as of ornamentals. Here a drape of spiny rosemary plays off the rough sides of an urn stuffed with pansies, pale sage, and deep-purple chard. These are just a few edibles that are as beautiful as they are tasty: Rainbow […]

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Pros and cons of plant container materials

March 1, 2013

__________ With the decrease in yard sizes and the increase in condominium, townhouse, and apartment living, more people are gardening in containers. In small gardens or on patios, a well-planted pot or container brings plants and flowers and their fragrances up close and adds a bit of excitement to the area. Container gardening also allows […]

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Ground covers you can walk on

February 22, 2013

__________ These ground covers are ideal lawn substitutes, for they take foot traffic, even if they’re not quite uniform enough for a game of croquet. They are more textural and colorful than lawn grass, some are scented, and all are less thirsty and labor intensive than turf. Many are marketed under the the trademarked name […]

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