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READER PHOTOS! Karens garden in Illinois

READER PHOTOS! Karen's garden in Illinois

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Today's photos are from Karen Cherry in Illinois. She says, "I grew up on a farm with a pragmatic father, who's mantra was "if you can't eat it, why grow it?" Yet he indulged my appetite for beauty...

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READER PHOTOS! Michaeles garden in Tennessee

READER PHOTOS! Michaele's garden in Tennessee

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Today's photos are from Michaele Anderson in Friendsville,Tennessee. She says, "I am always enchanted when the frothy clouds of pink show up in the fall from what I call pink muhly grass...

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Tis the season...

Tis the season...

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...of grasses! This time of year, most of the excitement you'll find in northern gardens comes from blooming ornamental grasses blowing in the breeze. Here are a few shots that illustrate that...

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A humble garden ornament

A humble garden ornament

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You might think this is a piece of driftwood that Barbara Weirich dragged up from the shores of Lake Michigan into her garden in Benton Harbor, Michigan. That's what I thought, but associate editor...

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READER PHOTO! Grasses & a hay bale table

READER PHOTO! Grasses & a hay bale table

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One last photo from Philip Leveridge in Austin, Texas. I fell in love with his hay bale garden table. He says, "These grasses lie between a couple of hidden galvanized steel stock tank pools. I...

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READER PHOTO! Touchable texture and contrast from two great plants

READER PHOTO! Touchable texture and contrast from two great plants

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Today's photo is from Philip Leveridge in Austin, Texas. Philip is a garden designer, and his home garden is called East Side Patch. Of this picture, he says, "I like combining contrasting...

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Whisper-soft texture at dusk

Whisper-soft texture at dusk

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In the garden of Sabrina and Freeland Tanner in Napa, California, a lantern is tucked into a low sweep of feather grass (Stipa sp., USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11), which just serves to enhance the...

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Driftwood and grasses

"Driftwood" and grasses

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This is Barbara Weirich's Benton Harbor, Michigan, fall garden, where she took advantage of a fallen tree branch to create a beachy atmosphere with flowing grasses. Welcome to the Fine Gardening...

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Beach garden

Beach garden

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In this private garden in Michigan, the property drops off steeply, overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan. Sad that her grandchildren couldn't get to the beach, the homeowner/garden designer...

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A not-so-delicate container combo

A not-so-delicate container combo

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This combo may look refined and fussy, but its anchor is one tough cookie. Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra', USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9) is sometimes banished from borders due to its...

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Its a bit rusty...

It's a bit rusty...

Rusty metal blends into a garden amazingly well, especially when paired with a bronzy sedge. This photo was taken in Laura Crockett's garden in Hillsboro, Oregon. Welcome to the Fine Gardening...

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Ruby grass is pretty in pink

Ruby grass is pretty in pink

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Ruby grass (Melinus nerviglumis) This gray-green, graceful grass is a wonderful, visually soothing addition to summer gardens. The pink blooms begin to appear on arching stems in spring and last...

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Gold Bar miscanthus

'Gold' Bar' miscanthus

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'Gold Bar' miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar', USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8) is a compact miscanthus developed by Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose, Oregon. Its heavily banded blades add energy and...

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