Garden Planning

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    Design

    How to Design a Garden for Curb Appeal in the Southwest

    When you pull into your driveway or walk up to your front door, ask yourself a few questions: Are you wowed? Do you smile? Are you impressed? Are you soothed…

  • native wildflower meadow garden
    Design

    How I Grew a Wildflower Meadow in the Pacific Northwest

    It is hard to read any garden magazines or social media posts without seeing wildflower meadows. It is fun to think about dedicating a part of your garden to wildness.…

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    Tour a Landscape of Fascinating Garden Rooms

    As editors of a gardening magazine, we’re often asked, “What’s your favorite garden?” For me the answer is easy—Barbara Weirich’s garden in Benton Harbor, Michigan. It’s a landscape of garden…

  • plants in shades of red
    Design

    Designing a Garden With Sequential Color

    Every garden I design has a theme, even if it is just about color. A sequential color design is not created with the aim of one plant blooming after another,…

  • woodland garden
    Design

    A Woodland Garden That Takes Inspiration from Nature

    Great gardening doesn't usually involve reinventing the wheel. The design strategies, plant combinations, and hardscaping additions that will take your garden from good to great likely already exist in someone…

  • how to site ground cover
    How-To

    How to Site Your Ground Cover Plants Right

    The further the spacing, the fewer plants that are needed to cover an area. However, this also means it takes more time for bare areas of ground to be covered.…

  • Fred Bland garden featuring rustic arborb coverd with yellow climbing roses
    Design

    Tour an Architect’s Spring Garden in Coastal Connecticut

    The garden of architect Fred Bland sits on just over an acre in coastal Stony Creek, Connecticut. Fred’s approach to designing his garden relied heavily on his experience with designing…

  • plant combinations in the wild
    Design

    Tips for Building Plant Communities

    Understanding plants and their relationships to each other makes for a more formidable approach to gardening. Traditional gardening has often viewed plants as components of a composition without acknowledging compatibility…

  • ecological gardening
    Design

    How to Create an Ecologically Vibrant Garden

    Naturalistic garden design catches all the headlines, but until recently it seemed removed from the reality of most home gardeners. Yet no matter how your garden grows today, it can…

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    Downsizing but Still Gardening

    Welcome to Sid and Jackie Pogue’s garden in Edmond, Oklahoma. With age, Jackie and Sid Pogue downsized in 2020 and are now learning the joys of accessibility and careful plant…