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  • The Essence of Ikebana: Unraveling the Japanese Art

    The Essence of Ikebana: Unraveling the Japanese Art

    You will love the simple lines and elegant beauty of ikebana arrangements if you have ever placed a single stem of flower in a vase. The art of ikebana is a great way to convert people who thought that flower arrangements are too feminine or fussy for their home. What is Ikebana and how does…

  • Discover the Finest Evergreen Flowering Plants to Cultivate

    Discover the Finest Evergreen Flowering Plants to Cultivate

    Evergreen flowering plants are the best of both. Both gardeners and homeowners are looking for plants that have beautiful flowers. The two are equally important: Beautiful floral displays will give your yard a splash of color in the spring and summer while evergreen leaves offer a constant year-round presence that keeps your landscape free from…

  • Cultivating and Nurturing Chinese Peony (Common Garden Peony): A Comprehensive Guide

    Cultivating and Nurturing Chinese Peony (Common Garden Peony): A Comprehensive Guide

    Peonies are one of the few plants that have been cultivated for a long time and play a major role in ornamental gardens. The Chinese peony, also called common garden peony, is one of the most important and popular species in the Paeonia family. These shrub-like perennials form clumps and have huge, fragrant flowers in…

  • 24 Top Salt-Tolerant Plants for Coastal and Roadside Landscaping

    24 Top Salt-Tolerant Plants for Coastal and Roadside Landscaping

    Salty soils do not mix with most plants, except for those that are salt-tolerant. Sandy soils near the beach retain less water and nutrients compared to less porous soils. An excess of salt spray carried by the wind also prevents plants from properly absorbing water. Salt damage can manifest as leaf burning, leaf drop or…

  • 10 Well-Known Pitcher Plants

    10 Well-Known Pitcher Plants

    One of the best plants to grow is the pitcher plant. You’ll be rewarded when you show one to your friends or family who visit your garden. They’ll say, “That is so unusual, I have never seen anything like that!” The odd shapes that the pitchers take (which are actually modified leaves) continue to fascinate…

  • Enhance Your Garden with 15 Expert Tips for Building a Stunning Pond

    Enhance Your Garden with 15 Expert Tips for Building a Stunning Pond

    A garden pond can add beauty, elegance and interest to your yard. A garden pond can be a fish-pond, a basin to receive a waterfall or a calm body of water that is perfect for reflection and meditation. It is important to follow some basic guidelines when building a garden pond to ensure that the…

  • 18 Insect-Repelling Plants for Your Garden

    18 Insect-Repelling Plants for Your Garden

    Companion planting is a common way to control pests naturally. It involves growing plants that repel insects together in order to achieve certain results, based on anecdotal data. As with humans, insects also have their favorite foods and find them by scent. Planting onions between cabbages will confuse the insects’ sense of smell. You won’t…

  • Unveiling the Concept of Specimen Trees: A Guide to Incorporating Them into Your Yard

    Unveiling the Concept of Specimen Trees: A Guide to Incorporating Them into Your Yard

    Landscape design is incomplete without specimen trees. They can be large or small. Ornamental or plain. Tall or rounded. They are usually planted individually, rather than in rows or groups, to add visual appeal or seasonal splendor. There are a wide variety of specimens trees available, depending on your space, location, and needs. What is…

  • 18 Top Plants for Enhancing Swimming Pool Landscapes

    18 Top Plants for Enhancing Swimming Pool Landscapes

    Smart poolside landscaping involves choosing plants that are strong, easy to maintain and look great. Poolside plants can provide shade, privacy and enhance the appearance of your outdoor space. Keep children and pets away from toxic plants. These 18 plants and trees are great for landscaping around a pool. TipThe majority of plants on this…

  • Revitalize Your Yard with 9 Stunning Hosta Garden Design Concepts

    Revitalize Your Yard with 9 Stunning Hosta Garden Design Concepts

    Hosta is a versatile, easy-to-grow plant. It comes in thousands of different varieties with a wide range of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Many hostas can tolerate full sunlight, but many are more suited to shade gardens. Many gardeners use multiple hostas and create hosta gardens. However, there are a few things to consider when…

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