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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…

  • a mix of low-growing grasses and perennials with similar textures punctuated with plants with contrasting textures, colors and sizes creates a dynamic transition between the garden and the fields beyond
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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…

  • Illustration of silhouettes of queens over the colorful garden
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    Queens of the Curbside

    Seven years ago, my husband and I purchased a home in a typical residential neighborhood. One of the things that I liked best about the house was that the previous…

  • Varied border of trees, shrubs and perennials along a property line
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    Plants for Property Lines

    We have all seen it: the line of arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 2–7) marching down the property line, stiff as can be, their heads lopped off…

  • ‘Cleopatra’ foxtail lily
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    Big Blooms That Don’t Flop

    Like most gardeners, I swoon at the sight of a border filled with towering delphiniums, head-high dahlias, and deliciously fragrant peonies. These are the coveted candies of the quintessential cottage…

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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.