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6 Great Ideas for Mediterranean Gardens in 2012

A couple posts back, I talked about hot garden trends for 2012. One of them was the movement toward Mediterranean garden style. The style, as explained by North Coast Gardening blogger Genevieve Schmidt, often features open and airy courtyards, light-colored, textured hardscaping such as mosaic walls, gravel beds or unglazed terra cotta pots. The style also is known for its low-growing, […]

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Small Water feature

3 Great Ideas for Small Water Features

In a previous post on Top Garden Trends for 2012, I mentioned how larger ponds are giving way to smaller water features, like this recirculating fountain featuring a hollowed-out boulder, designed by Sharon Coates and Bruce Zaretsky of Zaretsky and Associates design-build firm in Rochester, NY Sharon and Bruce also sent me other great images of […]

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Deer fencing

Oh deer . . .

Oh deer…….. In the Willamette Valley we have slugs.  Big slugs, little slugs, speckled, red, banana, leopard, you name it.  They’re the biggest pest most of us have and we have the most disgusting remedies to rid our gardens of them.  I actually ate one last year in an organic salad……OMG! But for me, the […]

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Flower Carpet Coral

10 easy ways to use “carpet” or groundcover roses in your landscape

I planted some bare root Flower Carpet® roses last month (in May). They’ve already got buds on them, ready to bloom! Here are the Flower Carpet Amber roses I planted in masses, to knit together into a low-growing blanket along a walkway next to my house: Despite near-record rains for the month of June here, I’m happy to report that these disease-resistant roses’ […]

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