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Creating Eco-friendly Perennial Borders

Well-designed borders can be a spectacular feature in any landscape. By selecting plants that take a minimal amount of care and chemicals to thrive, it’s easy to create an eco-friendly border. As a bonus, depending on the plant selection, a well-planned perennial bed can also be a magnet for butterflies, beneficial insects and birds. Corner […]

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Layering to Create a Lush Landscape

When plants grow in nature, they grow in layers and drifts, overlapping and merging with each other. Good landscape designs are also three dimensional, and strategically placing plants of varying sizes, colors and textures can help to connect all the layers and create a great overall look. Well-placed plants can be used to frame views, […]

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A Rose To The Rescue

Philip Heald had a problem. The Tulbaghia fragrans that had been specified wasn’t performing as hoped. Heald is the construction manager for Ladera Ranch, a 4,000-acre master-planned hometown in South Orange County, CA. The tulbaghia was one of the plants slated to anchor several key public areas of the six villages and three districts that […]

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Poolside Landscaping Ideas With Roses

Selecting plants for poolside installations can be a challenge. From a practical standpoint, you want plants that are easy-care and won’t end up filling your pool with pollen, leaves or other plant litter. Depending on your local zoning laws, you may be required to have a fence around your pool. If that’s the case and […]

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Commercial Landscaping With Oversized Planters

  Even homes and buildings with a limited amount of outdoor space can add impact by using large containers of well-selected plants. Start by choosing a variety of sculptural plants with strong shapes to draw attention and use the classic “thriller, spiller, filler formula in selecting plants for maximum impact. For instance, these entry-way containers, […]

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