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Water gardens can offer rewards in myriad shapes and sizes, from a small potted garden on a deck to a meandering stream or cascading waterfall. The presence of water transforms a garden into an...
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The Smithsonian Institution’s “Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard” exhibit is currently travelling across the nation. The exhibit, culled from the ...
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Turn your garden into a habitat inviting for winged visitors with considerate plantings, a sources of food, water, and shelter. Start by identifying the birds that frequent your region, then...
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Adaptable and dependable, redbud blossoms fill their branches to announce spring’s arrival.
  Redbuds (Cercis spp.) are understory trees and are among the earliest to bloom in early spring, just after forsythia and before the dogwoods. Their amazing pink, fuchsia, and purple pea-...
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Easily identified by their trio of leaves and three-petal flowers, trilliums are a declaration that winter has been conquered.
Latin name: Trillium spp. Exposure: Partial shade or half-day sun. They relish foggy, diffused light. Conditions: Edge of clearings with rich woodland soil and plenty of leaf mulch. Good...
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For the tidiest garden on the block, you’ll need to regularly prune, sweep, and clean up. The right tools make those tasks simple and help to better manage your time. Here are options that will more...
Edgers create a defined trench by cutting weed and grass roots for sharp borders on lawns. Find them both in gas, electric, and cordless (lithium-ion battery-powered) models...
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Tiny but tough, pearly white snowdrops return year after year to remind us spring is on its way.
In that dreary time after the holiday hubbub, it often feels like the garden will never awaken. But suddenly one day, bluish-green spears erupt through the icy ground. The snowdrops—...
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Rigging up a barrel to collect rain and direct it to thirsty plants is one of the best ways to garden smarter. Harvesting rainwater is a tried-and-true practice. Once you realize how much water can...
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Primroses (Primula) make a splash in the spring garden.
Primroses can be found from the Alps to the Himalayas … and often at your neighborhood supermarket. The more than 400 species come in various shapes and sizes and bear blooms...
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Create a mobile shelf for starting seeds and winter plants indoors.

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