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Plant selection color wheel

May 25, 2017

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The perfect houseplant based on your summer horoscope

May 24, 2017

This year’s planetary alignments encourage self-expression, insight, and exploration. With Venus coming out of retrograde after March and a second round of eclipses due in August, we determined the perfect houseplant to balance the energies of your indoor spaces this summer.

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Why you need to add lavender to your herb garden

May 22, 2017

Edible herb gardens are as trendy as they are useful, and lavender can add color, fragrance, and a distinct floral flavor. With these suggestions for the best culinary varieties and three delicious lavender-obsessed recipes, you’ll be adding lavender to the mix immediately!

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Maximizing plant personalities

May 15, 2017

Which plant divas are people most smitten with? And how do you optimize their potential in your own garden?

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An interview with Jenny Rose Carey of Glorious Shade

May 4, 2017

“That is what I encourage gardeners to do—make a garden where you create spaces to live in the garden and enjoy times with family and friends.”

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An interview with Annette Goliti Gutierrez and Mary Gray of Potted

April 26, 2017

“To some extent, part of the DIY code is being able to accomplish something at a reasonable cost.” —Annette Goliti Gutierrez and Mary Gray

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Gardening with the summer blues

April 18, 2017

Blue is consistently the color that intrigues humans most, perhaps unsurprisingly because true blue is one of the rarest shades in nature. That rarity gives blue its allure.

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Bright ideas for shady spaces

April 4, 2017

When designing your shade garden, it is helpful to study existing gardens to get ideas and inspiration.

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Outstanding southern garden styles

April 4, 2017

These gardens exemplify the many ways that design can transform a garden from something merely pleasant into an extraordinary blend of plants, hardscape, and that elusive quality, “sense of place.”

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Are you wasting energy?

March 31, 2017

For existing buildings, an energy audit is a great place to start. You can do your own simple energy audit or have a professional consultant do a more thorough, technical job. Some cities, states, and utilities offer incentives for doing an energy audit on your home. Ultimately, an energy audit will tell you where inefficiencies […]

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