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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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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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Landscaping for privacy: Windbreaks and salt buffers

February 12, 2014

While landscaping for privacy can shield your yard from neighbors, reduce noise, or hide an eyesore, it can also provide protection. In this post, Marty Wingate offers advice on how to contend with two common environmental intrusions, wind and salt.

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Lavender: Sarah Berringer Bader’s picks for best bloomers, hedges, containers, and strongest scent

August 27, 2013

When it comes to lavender there are plenty of choices. With more than 450 named varieties and more being discovered all the time, deciding which one is right for you can be a challenge. In The Lavender Lover’s Handbook, author Sarah Berringer Bader details 100 of the most beautiful and fragrant varieties. She also provides […]

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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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Thoughts on creative pruning

October 4, 2011

Timber author Jake Hobson is the writer of this week’s guest post. Be sure to enter our giveaway to win a copy of his new book, The Art of Creative Pruning! This last week has been a busy one—we’re off to Japan shortly for a few weeks, and I’ve been trying to get things in […]

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