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The Many Uses of Roses

Gertrude Stein famously wrote, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” You can't really argue with that, unless you want to split hairs. However, her implication seems to be that a rose is just a beautiful flower and that's all, end of story....

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How To Grow Exotic Air Plants

All they need is the air they breathe, bright light—but no direct sun—and a bath two to three times a week. Do not add soil; they’ll just hang out wherever you plop them down and in whatever container you plop them in....

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Don't Just Admire Your Flowers – Eat Them

You grow your flowers for their beauty, of course. But did you know that quite a few of them are edible? No, no, don't look at this column as if YardShare had gone nuts. Think about it....

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“Grandmother’s Garden” Hydrangeas: Today’s Fashion Flower

Hydrangeas are enjoying a renaissance in gardens throughout parts of the US. Although some of the old-fashioned varieties are not “zone friendly,” many can be successfully grown to zone 5, and a few even to zone 3....

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Take Your Yard From Tiny to Terrific

Are you self conscious about the size of your...yard? Having a limited lot isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Lots of people have this issue and still manage to live happy and fulfilling landscaping lives....

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Divide and Conquer - Gardening With Bulbs, Part Two

When we last saw Our Gardening Hero, he was carefully noting the locations of clumps of crocuses, daffodils, and the like. He mapped them out in a way designed to show his children that this was not a treasure map, and then he went on to live his life....

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Divide and Conquer - Gardening With Bulbs, Part One

“Good, cheap, fast. Pick any two.” That's what is said about hiring somebody to do a job. It can also be said about flowering bulbs....

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The Short and Winding Road – Pathway Design Principles

A pathway that “leads right to your door” is a core element of landscaping design. Of course, there’s a big difference between a path leading to your front entryway and one that meanders through the garden behind your house. ...

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Peering Into The Void – Landscaping Large Spaces

Questions about how to make the most of a small space are pretty common. But it can be just as hard - and much more expensive - to landscape a large yard. If you are staring out at a great, yawning expanse of lawn, here are some ways to fill in the blanks....

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Warm and Cool Color Flower Combinations

Color Your Garden

Do you remember the “color wheel” you were introduced to back in your school art classes? If so, it will come in handy this spring when you’re designing a new, colorful garden spot or revamping a tired-looking border. If your memory needs a little prodding, here’s a short refresher course......

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Beautiful, Easy-Care Ornamental Grasses

Name one garden plant that offers handsome—sometimes striking—foliage that takes on eye-catching color in the fall and interesting flowers that become showy seed heads which linger throughout the winter; a plant that offers visual delight in all seasons and demands only minimal upkeep in payment for...

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A Yard With a View

A Yard With A View

If you want a picture perfect yard, you need to look at it through an artistic lens. Every window and door in your home is like a frame for a portion of your yard. As you develop your landscaping strategy, think about how your yard will look from each of these vantage points. ...

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Design a Garden

Making Plans, Designing and Creating a New Garden

Whether considering a small space or a complete yard make-over, you’ll need to assess and analyze the area—or areas—of your landscape that you are wanting to enhance or in which you’re going to create a new garden....

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Springtime Yard Spruce-Up

Springtime Yard Spruce-Up

Spring is just around the corner. How far around the corner depends on countless celestial and meteorological factors, plus, of course, whatever a certain furry resident of Punxsutawney, PA had to say about it this year. (Fun fact: Phil has predicted correctly only about 39% of the time since 1887. ...

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Drought Resistant Plants

Drought Resistant Plants

What with global warming and climate change and maybe full moons, it really seems as if drought is more widespread than it used to be. If you want to tread softly on the earth, you may be interested in using more drought-resistant plants in your landscaping....

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