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    6 Great Ornamental Grasses for Northern California

    The term "ornamental grass" is a handy way for us to identify an array of plants that have narrow, strappy, or bladelike leaves. This group includes not only the true…

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    Winter in South Carolina

    Johanna Smith here in Aiken, South Carolina. (See a previous visit to Johanna's garden here.) After weeks of rain and warm weather, winter has finally arrived. After checking our yard…

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    Native Grasses Shine in the Southern Plains

    In the Southern Plains, we live among the remnants of what were once vast prairies. The tallgrass prairies in the eastern Southern Plains give way to the short grasslands in…

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    Big Bluestems for Big Fall Color in the Midwest

    With the widest distribution of all native prairie grasses (native to most of North America, including the Midwest), big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii, Zones 3–9) continues not only to maintain its…

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    Great Medium-Size Grasses

    When you think of ornamental grasses, the larger the plant, the larger the show, right? Along those same lines, many of us would agree that the smallest grasses at the…

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    Go for Grasses to Soften Late-Season Containers—Planting Plans

    Autumn is the time when grasses finally get their moment, so no fall container collection would truly be complete without giving them their due. With feather-like seed heads that catch…

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    Episode 69: See-Through Plants

    Why on earth would you ever put a tall plant in the front of your garden—even in the middle? You’d block whatever is behind it, right? Not necessarily. Enter the…

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    A Bit of New Zealand in England

    Today’s photos come from Russ Plank. I live in Marlborough, Wiltshire, in England. I lived in New Zealand for 10 years and wanted to bring a little bit of New…

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    Nebraska Suburban Prairie Garden

    Benjamin Vogt shared these images of his beautiful and unusual garden in Lincoln, Nebraska. His comments are below. On a 1/4 acre lot, only a few hundred feet of lawn…

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    Embracing the Subtle Beauty of Autumn

    Today’s photos come from John Markowski, who sent in these enchanting images of his New Jersey garden in its autumnal beauty. (If you've not seen John's garden before, catch the…