Gardening | Landscaping

10 New Flowering Plants For More Garden Color In 2018

Bursting with blooms in coral red, gold, pale green and purple, this year’s new flowering plant introductions offer a rainbow of options for adding color to gardens. Plus, the standout blooms on many of these plants attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Take a look at this selection of 10 new flowering perennials and shrubs to…

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4 Clever Ways To Hide A Spare Key

(click image to view video) You can do better than the obvious under-the-doormat method—here are 4 brilliant ideas for where to hide a spare key. It’s always a good idea to stash a spare key somewhere on your property. That way, when you accidentally get locked out of your house, you’ll be relieved that you don’t…

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14 Unique Garden Water Features

From whimsical fountains to quiet pools, now’s the time to quench your thirst for the hottest garden water feature around. Ambiance and Reflection This pond adds tranquility, reflection and ambiance to its landscape. A partially above-ground water feature, it was created with stone-and-mortar walls, then finished with a butyl liner. Double Duty This stacked-stone water feature…

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15 Charming Porches

Get inspired by these porches with inviting focal points and picture-perfect design features. Rustic Porch Rich wood textures and a cozy fireplace make this porch the ultimate mountain escape. For unique furniture finds look for local craftsman to create custom pieces. Entertaining Porch Porches should connect your interior to the exterior with ease, and provide additional…

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13 Beneficial Trees For Your Home

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Fiddle leaf figs, with their big, sculptured leaves, make striking specimen plants. While they like bright light, they’ll show their dislike of drafts by dropping leaves. Water when the soil feels dry, and keep an eye open for pests like whiteflies and aphids. If they show up, treat your tree with…

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19 Beneficial Feng Shui Secrets

Did you know your home’s design can affect your bank account and love life? Try these feng shui tips based on the ancient art of balancing energy. Put Furniture Legs on Rugs “Never put all your furniture against the walls,” says Karen Rauch Carter, feng shui consultant and author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. “Furniture should…

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Desert, Xeriscape & Rock Gardens

Deep Blue “Waters” Tumbled-Glass “river” runs through this garden, featuring a footbridge, ornamental grasses, crepe myrtles and creeping fescue. A dry landscape doesn’t have to be colorless. Find ways to add personality while keeping it low maintenance.

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How To Add A Personal Touch To Your New Garden

Find out how to give your landscape your personal stamp while respecting what is there and not exceeding your budget. You’ve moved to a new place, and you’re already imagining what you’re going to do to improve the outdoor space. Maybe it’s a new development, offering a blank canvas, or perhaps it’s already been landscaped. Here are…

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DIY Pathways & Patios

Laying a Gravel Path Sure, you could spend several days and many dollars putting in a walkway made of cobbles or bluestone, but a simple gravel trail won’t break your back—or your budget. Gravel (as well as crushed brick or crushed shell) is a traditional path material found in formal gardens throughout Europe and Asia,…

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Trending Now: Top 10 New Bathrooms

Neutral bathrooms remain on top this year, but there’s nothing boring about these spaces, which include a cherry-blossom glass tile mural and a sliding barn door with full-length mirror. Here are the 10 most popular bathroom photos. 10. Enhancing CharacterThis home in Dallas was built around the turn of the last century, and this colorfully tiled…

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Totally Unusual Backyard Ponds, Pools & Fountains

Balinese Garden with Floating Patio Granite bridges provide the perfect path to explore the garden. A floating patio island showcases the round bed and tranquil views of the pond. The inspiration for this entry garden came from the owner, who wanted an “Eastern” garden that would work vicariously during their 11-month stay in Minnesota. Water…

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25 Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Backyard Vegetable Garden A well planned backyard vegetable garden plot can yield a bountiful harvest of vegetables from spring into fall. A variety of crops, such as tomatoes, squash and herbs, will flourish in a well watered and sunny spot. Need backyard ideas?… Try these fixes for a sloped, shady or boring backyard.

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