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Summer succulents and trusty tropicals: In leaves we trust

June 7, 2017

If flowers are obvious, leaves are overt, even if they too often go unnoticed. The modern garden is marked by its understanding that foliage—of all shapes, sizes, colors, and presentations—is the real undercurrent that keeps aesthetics afloat. An excerpt from Plants with Style: A Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden by Kelly D. Norris.

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Pick your foliage first

March 29, 2017

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Tips for creating a corner garden

January 27, 2017

New to gardening or starting fresh with a new space? Spend fewer hours and a minimal amount of money by tackling one small area of your yard at a time. Sally Roth shares her quick tips and tricks for beginning to beautify those problematic corners.

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Designing for spring and summer with foliage first

January 18, 2017

Even if the winter weather is keeping you indoors, it’s time to start planning your upcoming garden designs. With the fun and fresh combination of fir, bushes, lilies, and dahlias in Gardening with Foliage First, Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz show how the right foliage palette can make your garden shine with color and texture […]

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Berry plants for the landscape

February 3, 2015

Why aren’t berry plants used more frequently in the landscape? It is hard to imagine an entity with more aesthetic appeal than a berry, each with its own vibrant color, sensual shape, often inviting smoothness, and fruity fragrance. The fact that this perfect package of utility and form is borne on plants which themselves offer […]

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Valentine’s Day: A round-up

February 16, 2012

I know what you’re thinking. “Valentine’s Day? That’s over! Let’s move on! The chocolate has been eaten, and the flower arrangement is already beginning to lose its luster.” (As to the latter, don’t forget to change the water. As for the chocolate, sorry, can’t help you. And if you didn’t get either of those for […]

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10 things I hate about your yard: Part two

January 26, 2012

Today, we’re posting the second part of a two-part series from garden writer C.L. Fornari! She discusses the 10 biggest garden pet peeves that she sees in her neighbor’s landscapes. You can visit her on her blog, Whole Life Gardening. Don’t miss Part One from yesterday! 6. Bad Neighbors Some plants can’t live together. It’s not that […]

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Small Green Roofs authors at Chelsea

June 21, 2011

Timber author Nigel Dunnett’s garden design was recently showcased at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. His book, Small Green Roofs, is the first to focus on small-scale and domestic green roofs, and Dunnet’s design offers a beautiful example of the practices featured in his book. His design was also supported by authors John Little and Dusty […]

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Hard-wired for good design

September 10, 2010

This guest post was written by author Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD When I wrote my book, Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers, it was important to me to begin with the topic of why design is important. It’s a topic near and dear to my heart which I continue to pursue. As […]

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Right plant, right place

May 26, 2010

We’ve covered getting to know your site and creating a plan. You’ve gone to the nursery, picked up the plants you need, and it’s time to plant them. How can you give them the best chance at success? Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner offer the following advice. Have your soil tested. Before you put one […]

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