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Building on a Budget? Think ‘Unfitted’

Prefab buildings and commercial fittings help cut the cost of housing and give you a space that’s more flexible Full Story
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Eileen Becher
great article-some ideas I have used-many new-thankyou
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libberjuju
Love the flexibility
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Great Design Plant: Blue Fescue

Is there anywhere this grass doesn't look great? Bonus: It outlasts other grasses in color and doesn't hog water Full Story
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gwen47
Wantsideas, yes, I planted some blue fescue in containers and they did just fine. I dug some up that weren't doing well where they were planted and brought them back to health in containers.I suspect they don't like clay soil, maybe because it holds too much water.
April 16, 2013 at 7:25am     
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wantsideas
@gwen47 Thanks! I bought some last weekend and couldn't decide what pot to put them in. I have clay soil too so pots it is.
April 16, 2013 at 9:12pm   
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11 Perfect Plants for a Moonlit Garden — in Pots

Create an alluring after-dark aura on a patio or deck with container plants that glow white under the stars Full Story
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jojo132
@Kim Gamel thank you, will try to source it now. We've had THE most wintery start to summer here in Ireland but today there's heat in the sun and it's finally beginning to feel like summer so all thoughts now are in the garden!
May 25, 2013 at 6:43am   
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hgtv105
I like the article but you didn't give the names of the flowers you used in the first flower pot. I know that one of them is a petunia. Please give the names of the other flowers. And by-the-way, I love Moon Flowers too.
May 28, 2013 at 1:03pm   
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How to Pick the Right Floor for Your Garden Room

Crunch the facts on gravel, flagstone, brick, tile and more with our mini guide to outdoor flooring surfaces Full Story
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Billy Goodnick
Lola154: Each of the materials you mention have an appropriate place in landscape designs. I'm not sure what you mean by "fake." A brick is a brick, a paver is a paver -- they look like what they are and each has been used quite effectively in thousands of applications. The key for selecting any material starts, as I noted in this ideabook, with selecting the one that will do the best job in the location you're using them.

I'm just completing a large job using pavers and they look fabulous with a recently remodeled contemporary style home. By the same token, if I had a classic craftsman-style project, I'd prefer to use materials that were used in that style's period: probably brick or natural stone, budget permitting.

As for wear, I would look for how the material you're interested in holds up in your region. But well manufactured materials should give you a long life. You get what you pay for and lots of the "sale" stuff at big box stores, etc. is not worth the time and money. At least that's been the experience of clients I've had to "rescue."

I think the key thing for any of these materials is to seek the highest level of craftsmanship. Even the most elegant, luxurious materials can look inappropriate if the workmanship is lacking. I know this is a somewhat vague answer, but I hope it helps.
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Monarch Stone International
Great options and sound advice Billy. In a traditional landscape setting, old reclaimed cobblestone is a great edging material when using loose material like decomposed granite or gravel. There is even old reclaimed curb material that has a more continuous line that will add refinement and keep the loose material in place.
September 11, 2013 at 7:17am     
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6 Great Ways With Garden Ground Covers

Use them as problem solvers, weed killers, color and texture providers ... ground cover plants have both practical and visual appeal Full Story
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zizino
its really beautiful sir its differnt style.
August 29, 2013 at 1:00am   
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ssgtkitty
It must depend on where you live as to how often & just how ajuga migrates. In NW Fl, I have to transplant. They don't put off seeds, ours migrates by runners, & they are slow to run. That is the same in My N.C. mtn. cabin garden. Violets spread in the mtns. like wildfire. Can't control at all. They do not bloom. Give me ajuga anytime, beautiful leaves and blue flowers, depending on sun and weather.
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Texture Talk: 4 Foliage Types for Distinctive Gardens

Contrast these leaf textures for plants that stand out and a landscape that draws you in Full Story
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mvstewart
lovely ideas but please include zone information for each plant
October 5, 2013 at 7:50am     
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Zenteriors by Camian Larson
Very nice!
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6 Fantastic Ferns to Enliven Shady Garden Spots

For long-term interest with little upkeep in challenging conditions, ferns might just be your garden's new best friend Full Story
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reupser
Matt; I like you live in the great PNW(Vancouver Wa.). My wife wanted to add a new tropical themed garden room and we found nice sized dickensonia Antarctica for a price we couldn't past up. Any additional clues how I might keep it alive this winter? (How can anything with Antarctica in it's name not be really hardy?)
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patternsinnature
Reupser, I haven't grown Dicksonia Antarctica here in Olympia, WA, but I know of some on Vashon, Island. The owner protects them with bubble wrap and burlap, I believe, and leaves or mulch, too. Jungle Fever Nursery in Tacoma would be a good resource for you as you go about creative some tropical flavor in your northwest garden. Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island (near Portland) may also be a great place to get inspired and informed.
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