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    Bouquets from Amanda

    Amanda Benick is sharing with us today from Cincinnati (Zone 6b). Amanda says that she has been having a bad spring, with lots of up-and-down weather, going from freezing cold…

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    Building Beautiful Garden Borders

    When I first began gardening I remember a more experienced friend asking me, “How deep are you going to make your borders?” I turned to her with a confused look,…

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    Great Designs for Container Groupings

    It’s hard to fail with a group of con­tainers. A group of any size, from a simple pair to a great many, can improve any outdoor space. Open patios and…

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    Planting a Pot with Lots of Plants

    I stood looking at the expanse of decking that surrounds our pool area, and I knew that I had my work cut out for me. My mission was to soften…

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    Keith’s Zone 3 Garden

    My name is Keith Irvine. I am 70 years old, and I am guessing that I started my first garden somewhere between the ages of 6 and 10. I grew…

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    Ruth’s Ohio Garden

    Today’s photos are from Ruth Barker. I love all flowers and plants, and I love to try new introductions with my existing plantings. I prefer to have lots of pollinators.…

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    Vignettes from 2022 in Jana’s Garden

    Today we’re in Canton, Massachusetts, visiting with Jana Trusz. Looking back at my garden during 2022, I have many lessons to learn. The drought was incredibly difficult and made me…

  • Container Design

    The Elements of Great Garden-Container Design Simplified

    The principles and elements of design allow us to pair the plants we choose with the right companions and containers and to place them in the perfect location within the…

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    12 Elevated Garden-Container Designs Where the Pot Is the Star

    Containers add a pop of garden interest almost anywhere and in any season. One of my garden mentors, Thomas Hobbs, once said, “To design in a container, you must love…

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    Create a Sturdy Winter Container Arrangement

    Winter combinations of stems and branches are lovely seasonal accents, but if they are not adequately supported, your decorations may flop or capsize in the wind. To avoid those pitfalls,…