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The red type of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah') puts on quite a color display. Learn about other types of ornamental grass in this article, which organizes them according to height: http://landscaping.about.com/od/lazylandscaping/a/grass_pictures.htm
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Trillium is one of the shade-loving plants native to my region, New England, U.S. To learn about others, see http://landscaping.about.com/od/wildflowers/tp/Native-Plant-Landscaping-in-New-England-Perennial-Shade-Gardens.htm
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Bricks arranged in a herringbone pattern. Did you know that bricks used for paving are different from those used to build walls? Learn all about paving bricks in this article, including how they are used. I even present an overview of the history of bricks: http://landscaping.about.com/od/patioideas/a/Paving-Bricks.htm
Paving bricks are specially designed for foot traffic and differ from the type used in walls. Learn how to use them (design and installation) here.
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Whether you live near the ocean or just by a road that is heavily salted in winter, you perhaps realize how much some plants despise salty conditions. Others, however, don't mind those conditions so much. I discuss several of them on my list of salt-tolerant plants; check it out: http://landscaping.about.com/od/landscapingproblems1/a/salt_tolerant.htm
Salt-tolerant plants are prized in seashore communities and for roadside plantings in areas where roads are salted in winter. Learn about a variety of examples here.
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What are bluestone pavers? How do they relate to "flagstone?" What different types are there? These are some of the questions answered in this article on bluestone pavers: http://landscaping.about.com/od/patioideas/a/bluestone-pavers.htm
Bluestone pavers are a great choice for patios using a natural paving material. This article teaches you what they are and what makes them so great.
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Do you know the origin of the word, "tarmac?" It is now something of a misnomer when used to indicate "airport runway." Find out why here: http://landscaping.about.com/od/drivewaysandwalkways1/f/tar_and_chip.htm
Tar-and-chip driveways are like asphalt paving except the surface is studded with stones. Learn more about the cost, etc. of this attractive material.
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This is a nice wildflower scene from Stonington, Maine (U.S.). But "wildflower" and "native" are not synonymous. Here are some plants truly native to the New England states, such as Maine: http://landscaping.about.com/od/wildflowers/tp/Native-Plant-Landscaping-in-New-England-Perennial-Shade-Gardens.htm
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Purple fountain grass makes for a nice backdrop for yellow flowers. This type of ornamental grass isn't very hardy, but it's well worth a northern gardener's while to grow it simply as an annual. It also works well in containers. Learn more here: http://landscaping.about.com/od/tropicalplants/p/Purple-Fountain-Grass.htm
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You can easily spruce up the entrance to your home the way these homeowners have done using a salvia such as May Night (http://landscaping.about.com/od/perennialflowers/p/may_night.htm), a golden shrub such as Gold Mops (http://landscaping.about.com/od/evergreenshrubsbushes1/a/false_cypress.htm, and any of the popular types of dianthus that have a pink or magenta color. For more ideas on house entry plantings, see http://landscaping.about.com/od/galleryoflandscapephotos/ig/front_door_entrances/
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Blue fescue is one of the shorter ornamental grasses. I've grown it in partial sun and have had the most success with it when I remember to divide it every so often and give it a haircut each spring. Learn more about ornamental grass choices here: http://landscaping.about.com/od/lazylandscaping/a/grass_pictures.htm
Blue fescue grass (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue') is drought-tolerant. This colorful ornamental grass is grown in zones 4-8. Learn how to grow it here.
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An arbor is a splendid addition to a garden. Who wouldn't be filled with bliss to enter a garden through a vine-covered arbor, especially if you need to take a break in a shady spot first on a hot summer's day? Learn how to build one here: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/accentpieces/a/garden_arbor.htm
Wondering how to build garden arbors? I supply an overview with pictures, tips on shopping for cheap pressure-treated lumber, a supply list and design advice.
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I don't encounter the weed, teasel (Dipsacus sylvestris) frequently in New England. I run into it more often when I travel west. Here's a photo gallery showing some of the weeds I do encounter often in my native New England (U.S.): http://landscaping.about.com/od/weedsdiseases/ig/weed-plants/
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"Do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life." That describes my life right now, as a garden writer. I took a long and winding route to get here, but I finally made it. Tip for those trying to navigate this route in their own lives: keep the "Do what you love" part in the back of your mind all along the way, but don't think that it will come in the blink of an eye. That part is the end, not the means. Along the way, you will, in fact, have to do some things that you do not love.
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