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  • Nemours Estate
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    Nemours Estate Brings Formal French Elegance to the Mid-Atlantic

    Nemours Estate, once the country home of Alfred I. duPont, is located on 300 acres in Wilmington, Delaware. Both the mansion and the beautifully interpreted formal French gardens that surround…

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    Garden Design That Doesn’t Limit Your Color Palette

    Textural interest and shades of green may be the rage in sophisticated gardens, but I still crave the excitement of floral Techni­color. My personal garden challenge is to work in…

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    Arrange a Late-Season Bouquet

    There’s no need to strip your fall garden bare of flowers to make a great autumn arrangement. Start with a great vase like an antique pitcher or tin bucket, and…

  • Container Grouping
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    Designing Container Groupings

    Container groupings are an ideal solution for all kinds of problem areas. Groupings of pots can soften the geometry of a scene or create dramatic entries, hallways, and outdoor rooms.…

  • picking the perfect planter pot
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    Select the Plants, Then Find a Pot

    In her article "Designing Great Containers," Rita Randolph of Randolph's Greenhouses in Jackson, Tennessee, writes: It doesn’t take long for a fun adventure at the local garden center or greenhouse to…

  • container planting in a beautiful blue pot
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    How to Pick the Right Plants to Accentuate the Container

    Whether you're new to container gardening or are a seasoned pro, you may find that a visit to your local garden center or greenhouse is an overwhelming and frustrating experience.…

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    A Collector’s Paradise

    The first two questions visitors ask Patrick Anderson when they see his garden devoted to succulent plants are "What were you thinking?" and "Why these plants?" Patrick's answer goes straight…

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    Video: A dynamic design for a garden passageway

    When Scott Endres moved into his home 12 years ago, he felt constricted by the amount of space available for gardening. With a small front yard, a tiny backyard, and…

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    Selecting Trees for Structure

    As gardeners, we evaluate a plant's ornamental characteristics before we consider adding it to our garden. We may want to know, for example, when a plant flowers or if it…

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    Video: Ornaments in the Garden

    "I love to embellish—my clothing, my house, and best of all, my garden," says Eve Thyrum, a volunteer at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College and a member of the Hardy Plant…