• Adding Rock Plants to Your Garden

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    With their delicate detail and exquisite form, alpines and other rock plants have a particular fascination-the wonder of the miniature. Rock Garden Basics Since the original habitats of many species are mountainous and rocky regions, they are for the most part hardy and can tolerate thin, stony soils, and some can survive drying winds. Provided…

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  • Landscape Design: Learn about Elegant Espaliers

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    To practice the centuries-old art of espalier, start with the right plant and train it to lie flat against a wall or fence,with its branches forming a selected pattern. Pears and apples are easy to train in a variety of patterns, but other woody plants lend themselves to certain forms. Rockspray cotoneaster and yew work…

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  • Adding an Arbour or Pergola to Your Garden

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    Gardeners have used arches, arbours, and pergolas to add interest and height to gardens since the time of the Romans, whose artwork depicts arches adorned with vines and roses. Now available in either modern materials or traditional wood, these practical ornaments may enhance gardens of any size or design and serve every type of climbing…

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  • Landscape Design: Best Plants for Your Deck or Patio

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    Every summer many of us spend hours upon hours just lounging on our patios and decks. We all love enjoying our home outside and inside. One way to enhance your already wonderful patio or deck is to landscape around it or add plants and flowers. This little addition is worth the effort, and will have…

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  • Garden Design from a Florist’s Perspective

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    The garden of her Surrey home is dotted with pots at every turn: some decorative, some functional, some planted and others empty, but all carefully placed for effect. One year, to welcome winter visitors, Penny planted a pair of clipped standard conifers with a cushion of skimmias beneath, their red berries contrasting cheerfully with the…

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  • Types of Plant Beds and Borders for Your Garden Landscape

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    Beds and borders fall loosely into four categories: single, shrub and mixed. The style of border you choose for your landscape may well depend on the amount of time you have available for planting and maintenance. Single Theme Borders Single plant or theme borders contain just one type of plant: for example, bulbs, annuals, bedding,…

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  • How to Pick the Right Shape for Your Plant Pot

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    If your starting point is a plant, rather than a location, choose your pot accordingly: for example, a hydrangea will need a much larger pot than a geranium. If your outdoor space is limited, you may want to plant up one large container, but in a larger location you can combine several pots of varying…

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  • Landscaping Ideas for Greener Grass

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    Green lawns-yours, your neighbours’-are good for property values, and the pressure for upkeep can be intense. In some places, it’s nonnegotiable-as Betty Perry, a 70-year-old widow in Orem, Utah, found out. In July 2007, after refusing to provide her name to a police officer who had cited her for a less-than-lush yard, she was led…

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