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What You Need to DIY a Hypertufa Trough

August 2, 2018

In this trough-building method we’ll tackle creating a trough by forming it inside a mold. This is a viable, popular way to create beautiful planting vessels, and Lori Chips author of Hypertufa Containers has the expert advice you need.

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Creative trough making

August 2, 2018

Hypertufa containers—also known as troughs—are rustic, striking, versatile, and perfect for small, alpine plants. A mix of cement, perlite, peat, and water, they are simple and affordable to make at home. Here, Lori Chips describes how she fell in love with trough gardening and the inspiration for Hypertufa Containers.

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The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens

July 25, 2018

Through profiles of 100 of the most influential gardens, Linda Chisholm explores how social, political, and economic influences shaped garden design principles. Here, she shares her inspiration for writing The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens.

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Eighteenth Century landscape design

July 25, 2018

Linda Chisholm explores how the social, political, and economic forces of the Eighteen Century shaped garden design principles including the English concept of “place-making.” Extended democracy meant extended views, and Capability Brown’s “planned natural” reverberated through and beyond Britain.

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Planting a dry bungalow garden

June 7, 2018

This pink storybook bungalow is a study in designing with a careful eye and restrained hand. Nan Sterman walks us through the colorful renovation and garden design of this 1930s-era bungalow in the college area of downtown Santa Rosa, California.

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Small garden, big impact

May 8, 2018

The intimate scale of a small backyard can become a real asset. By incorporating details that add layers of visual intrigue, you can create a uniquely intense, interactive garden experience that isn’t easily replicated in large backyards or broader landscapes.

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Spring in bloom: For the love of hellebores

April 17, 2018

To celebrate the return of gardening season and  A Tapestry Garden, enjoy this delightful love letter to Hellebores by Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne!

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An interview with Susan Morrison of The Less is More Garden

March 21, 2018

In small gardens, not a square foot can be wasted, so the stakes can be higher for designing intentionally. In The Less is More Garden, Susan Morrison proves that less space can mean more enjoyment, less maintenance, less effort, and more individuality.

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Celebrating the best springtime blooms

March 16, 2018

A year is long enough to be surprised by almost forgotten, often ephemeral, blooms that slumber underground and wake up just in time for spring. Celebrate the return of the season with Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne, the authors of A Tapestry Garden, for a roundup of the sweetest springtime ephemerals below.

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Plant by number: Colourful combinations for your home garden

March 14, 2018

Classic, well-tested colour recipes are a great starting point for any plant display. Combining colours is a bit like running, camping, baking, or kissing: the more you do it and get into it, the better you get at it and the more you like it. Andy Vernon of The Flower-Powered Garden is a colour expert, and here […]

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