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How to Create an Unforgettable Garden

Make an impression that will linger long after visitors have left by looking for the possibilities and meaning in your landscape Full Story
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Makes me jealous. I can't wait until I can do some gardening again. That'll be next year. My first order of business will be planting an apple tree. The one I think I want has two species grafted to root stock, so it is self-polinating (gala and fuji). Then there'll be some hardscaping, etc. But I need to feel the land first to figure out what I want (especially since I want low maintenance).

The very first picture of the boulder made me think of a lion's paw. I love the red boardwalk and the one you haven't yet stained. @pursekeys -- it looks fabulous. I love walkways that never end, such as yours. Great job!

Jay, great article. One thing I would tell most DIYers is DON'T fight the land. Don't try to put full sunshine plants in shady spots and vice versa. Group plants according to water needs. Add some height, and, as you suggested, add some elements of surprise. Remember in your seating areas you might not want plants that attract a lot of bees, so put those flowers a bit further out where you see them but aren't bothered by the bees.
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pursekeys
Thanks, jillybeans!
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11 Ways to Make Your Sleeping Porch Even Better

Turn off that air conditioner and tune in to the delights of slumbering in the nighttime breeze Full Story
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Sleeping porch?
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11 Design Solutions for Sloping Backyards

Hit the garden slopes running with these bright ideas for terraces, zones, paths and more Full Story
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tbharucha
Nice plan for a slope
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A–1–9888
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Great Design Plant: Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Sugar Tip’

As pretty as a party dress, ‘Sugar Tip’ has layers of pink that catch the eyes of butterflies Full Story
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shoebunny
I live at about .500 miles (800 km) north of the Canadian-US border. I have a beautiful hibiscus of this type, though not this specific one. It has a woody stem which dies down to the ground every winter but grows again from the ground level in the spring. This means it doesn't get very tall. Its enormous flowers begin blooming about mid to late August. I then hope that our first killing frost doesn't come until the end of September so that the many buds have a chance to open.
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Moses Omilia
I love hibiscus and I have at least five different varieties growing in our country home garden. Somebody rightly said that hibiscus needs neither too much water nor too little. It is a hardy plant, though, and can resist severe droughts when fully grown. Our climate is Tropical Savanah and hibiscus does quite well. I have known hibiscus not only to be drought resistant but it also less prone to disease which reduces the need for spraying.
Much of the hedge around our home is made of hibiscus which has interlocked with the chain-link fence and provides shade both our free range chicken, plus creepy native plants which grow under it that are food to the chicken, besides the insects which dwell in the undergrowth.
The other advantage hibiscus offers to my family is that we are able to feed to our livestock whenever the hedge is trimmed.
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Houzz Tour: Family Living in 980 Square Feet

In a place known for going big, a family of 4 opts for creative space savers and subtle luxuries instead Full Story
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bbluemich
It's nice that there was no waste and that this family can live in a small space. HOWEVER, whether it's a big home small home built by the owner or not, each home is special. If anything, this couple is very fortunate that they have the time they can put into their own home.
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I thought it was the best small house that I have ever seen! First house was 3000 sq ft,
Now 2200 sq ft., I think I would prefer smaller next time around. But the key is efficiency! They custom designed and built and had the luxury of doing it themselves and getting a lot of materials free. The average person would spend a lot of money creating this. You don't find small homes with spacious and functional spaces already built. Loved it!
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Build a Better Bedroom: Inspiring Walk-in Closets

Make dressing a pleasure instead of a chore with a beautiful, organized space for your clothes, shoes and bags Full Story
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carrps
Strides? Never heard that one. Ever.

I like 'the southern necessity.' It might have a very different connotation in different parts of the US, though. A more political one.
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I live on Galveston Island, TX, so humidity is a problem to be controlled in every room 10 months out of the year. We don't have walk-in closets (just couldn't fit them in) but we have a large closet (with doors) in the MB bathroom, and another in our master bedroom, as well as in each of the other bedrooms. Given that the air-conditioning functions throughout the house, humidity in all the closets is NOT a problem, and trust me, our toilet does not throw out droplets of anything when flushed (and is several feet away from the closet). We've lived here 14 years and have never had mildew or dampness in any of our closets. Surprisingly, even after Hurricane Ike, when we were without electricity for 2 weeks, the closets were fine. If you have had moisture issues, perhaps your AC is insufficient (assuming you have it). If you live in an area where you don't use AC during the year, then that may cause the problems some posters here have remarked upon. Having said all that, I do want to have a re-design of the closet in the MB -- it was designed in the 70s and is long, not very deep, and I have to reach around the door frame about 20 inches to get to the far ends. I'm hoping a good closet designer will cope up with a much more effective use of space; I'll post photos when I get that done since I bet many readers here have a similar "old fashioned" closet.
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