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Great Native Plant: Grow Wild Quinine for Its Unique Clusters of Blooms

Great Native Plant: Grow Wild Quinine for Its Unique Clusters of Blooms

Most wild plants aren’t that spectacular; whatever you find in a nursery is often an exception to the rule and a small misrepresentation of the real world. If you’re a plant collector, seeking out something a bit different that nobody else has, you tend to overlook a number of nonflashy aspects that may make a plant less desirable for a gardener. If you are a native plant collector, your discerning eye concentrates more narrowly. I guess what I’m saying is,…

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Great Design Plant: New Zealand Tea Tree

Great Design Plant: New Zealand Tea Tree

Tea tree burst of dainty blossoms and wild twisting branches thickly straddle the line between garden showcase and feral shrub, on no form more so than New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium). Though the gnarled back and twisted type of Australian tea tree (Leptospermum laevigatum)may be appropriate against the rocky shores of its ancestry, New Zealand shrub and its cultivars are beautifully suited to the residential landscape. Compact and densely ordered leaves, branches and blossoms make this drought-tolerant Oceanic native…

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Reinvent It: Salvaged Pieces Frame a Pergola

Reinvent It: Salvaged Pieces Frame a Pergola

Pieces from the streets of Philadelphia, inspiration from art nouveau Parisian train stations and barn doors out of Amish country come together to connect this historical home to its landscape. Situated in Princeton, New Jersey, the property appears as though it had been buit and planted over several centuries, but the bulk of the job is fresh. “My clients had renovated the inside of the house; as soon as they finished, they turned their focus to the exterior,” states David…

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9 Holly and Ivy Plants for Good Tidings in the Garden

9 Holly and Ivy Plants for Good Tidings in the Garden

Of all of the traditional Christmas carols, “The Holly and the Ivy” is maybe one of the most obscure. While the tune dates back to 17th-century England, holly and ivy are important because olden days, when the two plants had spiritual meanings. Rather than ban their use, the ancient Christian church adopted them for Christmas decorations by changing the symbolism to match the Nativity story. The tradition of working with these two evergreens has continued up to present times, likely…

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Fantastic Design Plant: Parry's Agave

Fantastic Design Plant: Parry's Agave

From the desert scene, the agave is reversed when it comes to sculptural character and beauty — and it has a bonus culinary price. Native to the Southwest United States and Mexico, agaves typically thrive in climates like those found there: hot and dry. This poses a problem for many locales. Agave parryi is a problem solver and a landscape gem. Its streamlined spread will not dominate planting beds, and its glaucous green leaves are genus standouts. Cold hardy to…

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Reimagine the Rose Garden

Reimagine the Rose Garden

Long, formal rows of perfectly spaced bushes are not the only way to incorporate roses into your own landscape. Planted among other perennials or even evergreens, or bunched together in no specific pattern, roses are able to look perfect even in lawns that lack a committed “rose garden” space. Mixing roses into your own landscape, in one color or some, is simple with the ideas below as inspiration. Zeterre Landscape Architecture The expression of a country cottage is charming. The…

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Little Garden Strategy: Built-In Seating

Little Garden Strategy: Built-In Seating

We frequently ask how to make the most of a petite space. Bear in mind your space has advantages! Outdoor living spaces need to have a coziness variable, which is much easier to create in a smaller space. One of my favourite design tricks for small spaces is built in seating. Here is the best way to use it for dramatic effect on your cozy space. Kim Rooney Landscape Architecture Define your own territory. Built-in seating might offer architectural design…

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