all season appeal

  • ground cover
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    6 Big-Impact, Low-Care Ground Covers

    Ground covers may be the most underappreciated plants in the garden. They don’t have the flashiest blooms or the most interesting habits, but they’re invaluable in so many other ways.…

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    Terrific Small Trees for Yards of Any Size

    Trees add beauty and curb appeal to your garden. They increase your property value, bring year-round structure, and provide habitat for wildlife. There’s no doubt planting a tree is a…

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    Small-Scale Rhododendrons for Year-Round Interest

    Rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp. and cvs., Zones 4-9) are an amazing group of stalwart evergreen plants that are often not considered by residential gardeners because they are afraid they’ll end up…

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    Seasonal Color Repetition Is Key

    Create visual cohesiveness by sticking to a few strategic hues.

  • Fragrant tea olive
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    Autumn-Flowering Trees

    Fall is an exciting time in the garden, with cooler temperatures resulting in foliage taking on its characteristic yellow, orange, and red tones. Trees that flower in autumn, however, are…

  • conifers paired with perennials in the landscape
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    Conifers Should Come First

    When we first bought our house in 2000, I was pregnant. The previous owner had no interest in the garden. Since there was almost nothing planted, I just threw a…

  • A mature-looking garden full of plants with an umbrella, stone wall and small stone patio
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    A Garden That’s Younger Than It Looks

    They never weeded a bed or planted a seed, but our four teenagers were heartbroken to leave the big garden of their childhood. Why couldn’t we wait 10 years? Where…

  • ‘Shenandoah’ Prairie Switchgrass
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    Water-Wise Plants

    Droughts and water shortages have grabbed headlines in recent years, reminding gardeners everywhere that we need to find ways to make our landscapes less dependent on supplemental water. Even in…

  • Purple and chartreuse form the backbone of the color scheme.
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    A Garden That Has It All

    My husband and I moved into our house in November nine years ago. I recall the weather vividly because, instead of starting my new journey indoors with painting walls and…

  • A passageway with vertical shrubs, shade-loving vines, and woodland favorites like ferns.
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    Plants for Shady Passageways

    The frequently used pathway along the west side of my house is shady all day. Wedged between the house and a 5-foot fence, this narrow space was once a homeland…