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Keeping the basic historic elements of their home, homeowners of this basic, four-square house welcomed a makeover to turn their porch into a cozy, Bohemian-inspired retreat ripe with eclectic style...
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The humble wire tomato cage has much more potential than simply bracing up a rambling tomato plant. It can have other special roles in the garden. Not long ago, I passed a stack of tomato...
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Decorate sunny gardens with these bright, jaunty native flowers. 
Cultivating plants native to North America has become a widespread garden trend. Coreopsis (also known as tickseed), with 100 or so species, is among the foremost in the vast range of...
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Watering cans are beautiful tools, and vintage models are just as useful and attractive as the day they were made, especially to gardeners and collectors. William Bryant Logan, in The Tool Book (...
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If ever there was a garden fixture with potential, it is the garden shed. Practically speaking, no garden can function without a place to store tools and other miscellaneous gardening paraphernalia....
Shed Considerations: Check local building codes and zoning guidelines. Many towns require permits before you construct a shed. It’s always wise to know the rules prior to...
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Peonies are the quintessential cottage garden flower— they have big blooms with big fragrance, and they are beautiful without being boastful.
Nothing lends a touch of romance to the garden like herbaceous peonies. In late spring, they are the rock stars of the garden, taking center stage and flaunting their sumptuous...
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May Day, which marks the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice, has been associated historically with ancient fertility rituals deemed vital for a favorable growing season....
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The timeless, swoonworthy lilac is the symbol of spring—in the garden and in the vase.
In Love with Lilacs   Whether you have childhood memories of playing beneath Grandmother’s overgrown lilacs or you first noticed Syringa vulgaris at a local ...
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Front tines or rear tines will make a difference
A garden tiller can be an important tool in cultivating weeds, working in compost, and starting new beds. As you’re shopping for one, consider the size and scale of the garden, how much money...
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These fluttery flowers evoke dainty ballerinas.
Old-fashioned cottage gardens are not complete without columbines dancing in spring. These familiar and charming flowers have seeded themselves for generations, breeding promiscuously...

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