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    Planting Plan for a Stylized Meadow

    In the article Designing a Stylized Meadow (Fine Gardening #209), garden designer Jay Sifford takes readers through the steps he used to turn a sloped front yard into a lush,…

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    How to Design a Stylized Meadow Garden

    We gardeners, whether we are professional designers or novice plantspersons, can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. Such was the case when I sat down with a bottle…

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    Traditional vs. Stylized Meadow Gardens

    Many positive things can be said for planting a meadow garden. These naturalistic designs tend to be a bit wilder thanks to the use of native wildflowers and ornamental grasses,…

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    Fall in South Carolina

    Johanna Smith here in Aiken, South Carolina, with pleasures and treasures from my fall garden. My Meyer lemon tree (Citrus × meyeri, Zones 8–11) has become as wide as my…

  • close up of Sweetshrub with yellow foliage in fall
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    Fall Beauties From Nancy

    Today Nancy Mellen is sharing some photos of fall foliage, berries, and other end-of-the-season beauties from her garden in Hingham, Massachusetts. She grows primarily native perennials and shrubs for the…

  • Episode 124: Wish List Plants
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    Episode 124: Wish List Plants

    It doesn’t matter whether we’ve been naughty (Danielle) or nice (Carol) this year—we’re still going ahead and adding plenty of plants to our wish lists. We’re talking about trees that…

  • wreath composed of lot of different berries, branches, pinecones, and foliage
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    Winter Wreath Making

    Friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong makes beautiful wreaths each year for the holiday season, and today she is sharing a bunch of beautiful ones with us. She made all…

  • close up of Lungwort flowers
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    Dry Shade Plants That Thrive in Northern California

    Gardening in dry shade is often considered a challenge, yet shade is actually a major plus for any gardener concerned with Northern California's ongoing water concerns. Surprisingly, even though they…

  • view of the water fountain and statues in the japanese-style garden
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    Dale’s Japanese Garden

    Today we're visiting a part of Dale Dailey's garden. In 2010, I decided to transform a quiet area in our large garden into a more contemplative space. In the spring,…

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    Revisiting Bill’s Garden

    Today we’re visiting with Bill Ziebarth. I live in Duluth, Minnesota. You used my photos in the GPOD two years ago (A Garden Full of Art and Flowers). I now have…