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TAME THE WILD

Ten native shrubs and perennial plants to build a beautiful landscape Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon If you’d like to create a beautiful landscape that is also easy to maintain, consider giving native shrubs and perennials a try. Native doesn’t necessarily mean wild and unruly. There are hundreds of showy, hardy, low-maintenance indigenous …

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FANTASTIC FLOWERBEDS

Unique flowerbed ideas to make your home look great Story and Photography by Susan Jasan What’s your style? Traditionalist … Naturalist … Conservationist … Free spirited … Wild & Wonderful? Whatever your style, you can achieve fantastic flowerbeds to complement your home. It takes some thorough planning, proper ground preparation, some good old-fashioned hard work, …

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THINK OUTSIDE THE BORDER

Non-traditional ways to use annuals in the landscape Story and Photos By Jennifer Williams Driving through most neighborhoods across the country, you can see that we have all been told the same thing about annuals – Keep it simple: Plant your annuals near the front of your flowerbeds, pick one or two options and colors, …

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AVOIDING FAILURE TO THRIVE

Sometimes a plant’s failure is obvious … sometimes not so much By Dan Gill I love lazy June days when it’s too hot to work in the garden. The temperatures are not quite as torrid as they will be later on. And that certain desperation that comes as scorching day follows scorching day has not …

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THERE AND BACK

Dealing with sunlight transitions in the landscape Story and Photography by Annie Barbas Instant garden changes came in the form of a tornado flinging branches on rooftops and toppling trees. Live oaks (Quercus virginiana), some more than 70 years old fell, clipping the gable and splitting the satsuma tangerine tree (Citrus unshiu) while also eliminating …

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FAST FILLERS

Quick-growing plants for container gardens Story and Photos by Courtney Keck I’m sure you’ve heard the terms filler, thriller, and spiller when it comes to container gardens. A filler fills the space, a thriller draws the eye, and a spiller balances out the other two. In combination, they make for very attractive displays.  Container gardens …

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CREATE YOUR OWN

Choosing a garden style that complements you Story and Photography by Susan Albert Adding to an existing landscape or starting from scratch can be an overwhelming proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. By designing around a garden theme based on the homeowner’s personal style or ecological view, the task suddenly takes on new meaning …

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PRESS ON!

How to bring nature indoors by pressing botanicals into beautiful art Story and Photography by Cindy Shapton Pressing botanicals is just one more way for plant lovers to get their fix while feeding the artist within. Just pick a basketful of your favorite flowers, herbs, leaves, seedpods, or whatnot to place between papers in a …

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GARDEN BALSAM

Story and Photography by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon You’ll enjoy growing garden balsam, an easy-to-grow, upright heirloom Impatiens species that was a favorite in Victorian gardens. Both the showy single-flowered variety and the double camellia-like form are making a comeback. The lovely flowers attract pollinators, including bees and butterflies, to the garden. Balsam does well when …

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