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  • 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…

  • low brick wall surrounding an elegant yet relaxed garden
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    Where Formal and Natural Meet

    Everyone has been to a house that has a “do-not-touch” room in it. It might be a living room with plastic covers on the couches or a dining room with…

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    Matrix Planting

    When designer Adam Woodruff was hired to create a landscape for a newly renovated home in Illinois, the existing site was mostly turf with a swimming pool surrounded by a…

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    Hoyas as Indoor and Outdoor Plants

    Most hummingbirds will end up in a 12 step program after discovering them on your back porch.