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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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When you’re ready to expand your horizons beyond classic bulbs such as crocuses, daffodils, and tulips, give easy-care, globe-shape alliums a try. Alliums
Alliums in the Garden These out-of-the-ordinary bulbs tend to have the same globelike bloom shape as their onion and garlic cousins do when they’re allowed to go to flower in...
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The Best of Country Gardens celebrates the spirit of and romance of gardening as a lifestyle. Whether you have 40 acres or live 40 stories high, we know that country style is more than a passing...
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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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