Gardening 764 Ideabooks

5 Easy Plants for a Romantic Entry Garden
Exuberance is key for a romantic garden style; it calls for a happy mingling of flowers and foliage rather than regimented spacing. Yet for this design to be considered easy care, the plant selection must also be well behaved — no flopping allowed,...
10 Tips to Start a Garden — Can-Do Ideas for Beginners
I became a gardener 17 years ago when we bought our first home, a north-facing ranch set on a corner of a block where the rest of the homes faced east or west. We had a small front yard and two side yards. To the back was about 10 feet of lawn,...
Great Design Plant: Partridge Feather
Partridge feather has a unique and lovely appearance that's best enjoyed where it can be seen easily and often: near walkways, decks and patios. An evergreen subshrub with a woody base, partridge feather is the perfect accent plant for the water-wise...
How to Pick a Mulch — and Why Your Soil Wants It
The word "mulch" has fallen into common and nearly exclusive use as the descriptive name for shredded wood or bark products; the truth is that mulch is an umbrella term for any product — organic or inorganic — that serves as a topdressing for soil....
Great Design Plant: Paddle Plant
Paddle plant offers high impact even for a succulent. There are more than 125 species in the Kalanchoe genus, but Kalanchoe luciae is distinct. Its flat, stacking leaves contribute to its popularity in the world of succulent landscape design....
Great Native Plant: Angelita Daisy
The sunny flowers of angelita daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis) will brighten any landscape, but if you look beyond the pretty flowers of this Southwestern native, you will find that it packs a few surprises. Angelita daisies thrive in the hot...
Take Your Garden on a Rural Route With Plant-Dominant Designs
Bringing the countryside to the contemporary landscape is a popular movement, both in town planning and also in garden design — the spectacular opening ceremony at last year's London Olympics even included an idyllic pastoral scene with sheep, cattle...
Great Native Plant: Baptisia
You want a shrub in that dry corner, but no shrub will work. You want something that looks different. You want superlow maintenance. I've got just the right perennial for you: Baptisia is a quick-growing, uniquely blooming wildflower native to areas from...
Smell This Shocking Flower at Your Own Risk
As someone who's smelled more than one Titan Arum in her lifetime, Joan Leonard has the odor's description nailed: "Roadkill with a little sauerkraut and dead fish mixed in." Leonard, program manager at Ohio...
Want Compelling Garden Minimalism? Think One Plant, One Pot
It seems like choices for planter filling have become very polarized these days. Gardeners either opt for a stiff boxwood ball to impart minimalist European flair or an ever-more-complex assortment of carefully studied annuals. I am proudly guilty of...
6 Driveway Looks Take Landscapes Along for the Ride
Driveways are often the most overlooked part of garden design, considered more utilitarian than something worthy of our attention; yet we usually travel along them at least twice a day, and they are often both the first and last thing visitors see....
11 Perfect Plants for a Moonlit Garden — in Pots
Most summer gardens must be seen in the daylight for us to truly appreciate their beauty. But if you love to spend your summer nights outdoors, a moon garden can help you create an outdoor space that's just as enjoyable in the starlight as it is in the...
Great Design Plant: New Zealand Tea Tree
Tea tree's burst of dainty flowers and wild twisting branches elegantly straddle the line between garden showcase and feral shrub, on no type more so than New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium). While the gnarled trunk and twisted...
The Poop Scoop: Enrich Your Soil With Good Old Manure
Given the choice, would you choose a natural, inexpensive fertilizer for your plants or an expensive chemical fertilizer? What if you could boost your plants' ability to take up water and nutrients while improving the texture of clay or sandy soil? Does...
Take a Mini Springtime Tour of Monet's Giverny Gardens
I made a pilgrimage of sorts recently, not to a holy shrine or statuesque cathedral, but to a piece of land that inspired the great impressionist painter Claude Monet: Giverny, in northern France. It was here that he set up his easel and paints, where...
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