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Mums and pumpkins are featured in this fall display. Note carefully the small pumpkins up over the door, which, itself, is a splendid fall color. The final touch is the bittersweet wreath. Learn all about bittersweet here: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/groundcovervines1/a/bittersweet.htm
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Will you be displaying jack-o-lanterns this fall? If you're not content to paint the features on, here's how to carve a pumpkin -- safely: http://landscaping.about.com/od/healthconcerns/qt/carving_pumpkin.htm
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We're almost a week into September now, and, before you know it, we leaf-peepers will be out and about. Trees such as maples receive much of the spotlight in autumn -- not unjustifiably -- but don't forget the shrubs that provide great fall color. Can you guess which one I'm featuring in this photo? If not (or even if you can), check out this article, where I reveal it's identity and discuss other shrubs with nice fall color: http://landscaping.about.com/od/landscapecolor/tp/Shrubs-for-Fall-Color-10-of-the-Best-Choices.htm
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Do you suffer from hay fever? Then you've probably heard that ragweed (not goldenrod) is likely to blame. So far, so good. But do you know for sure what ragweed looks like? If not, this photo gallery will set you straight: http://landscaping.about.com/od/Pictures-Of-Noxious-Plants/ss/pictures-of-ragweed.htm
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The sub-shrub, Russian sage (Perovskia) has a lot going for it. It's tall, has multitudes of lavender-like flower, and bears attractive silver leaves. It also blooms for a long time, including through late summer, making it easy for you to keep color in your yard in the North during the warm-weather months. Get the scoop on Russian sage here: http://landscaping.about.com/od/shrubsbushes/p/russian-sage.htm
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I grow two kinds of perennial bachelor buttons (Centaurea montana) 'Amethyst Dream') and 'Amethyst in Snow' (picture). The latter is more vigorous, making it an effective ground cover if you are seeking an attractive plant that will "fill in" an area:
http://landscaping.about.com/od/perennialflowers/p/perennial-bachelor-buttons.htm
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Ornamental grasses, ground covers, flowers, and, yes, the more typical shrubs -- this foundation planting has it all. Are foundation plantings still relevant? I express my thoughts here: http://landscaping.about.com/od/landscapingshrubsbushe1/a/entryway_design.htm
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What a great idea this Tin Man is for a mailbox holder! This figure would also make a great scarecrow, don't you think? Here are pictures to view for more creative scarecrow ideas: http://landscaping.about.com/od/galleryoflandscapephotos/ss/pictures-for-scarecrow-making-ideas.htm

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This fall farm stand scene includes pumpkins and gourds, as well as asters and mums. All are great to have on hand when you are setting up a fall display in your own yard, especially if you are avoiding a Halloween theme: http://landscaping.about.com/od/landscapecolor/ss/Fall-Decorating-Ideas-for-a-Harvest-Theme-Not-a-Halloween-Theme.htm
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'Tangerine Dream' (photo) wasn't as long-lived for me as other coneflowers that I've grown. For an orange coneflower, I prefer Echinacea 'Secret Lust,' which you can read about here: http://landscaping.about.com/od/Tall-Perennials/ss/Secret-Lust-Coneflower-Double-Echinacea-Changes-From-Pink-to-Orange.htm
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'Sugar Tip' rose of Sharon is so called because its leaves are "tipped" with white. That is, it is a variegated rose of Sharon. With double, bicolored blooms, it lends much-needed color to the late-summer yard: http://landscaping.about.com/od/shrubsbushes/p/pink-rose-of-sharon.htm
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What's not to like about Summerific 'Perfect Storm' hibiscus? It's cold-hardy, blooms in late summer (when we're desperate for floral color), and looks great. Its blooms are bicolored and enormous, and its foliage is dark, opening up possibilities for contrast with surrounding plants. Hardy hibiscus also comes in white and red: http://landscaping.about.com/od/shrubsbushes/p/hibiscus_flower.htm
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    Landscaping Expert, 2002 - present
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I write about all aspects of plants and landscaping.
Introduction
         
"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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Happy people don't need to brag. Beware those who toot their own horn too much: it's their way of hiding an inadequacy.
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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Master's Degree
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    BA in Classics
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