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Bottle window - Wouldn't it be great to make low fences and path walls like this in the garden? If you can build the support beneath it, consider it as a path area (with lighting beneath) like the old subway street curbs...

Astute Homestead: Bottle window

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Amazing little garden house from Better Homes & Gardens. Could do a guest house in the back yard!

Framework for a Garden Retreat

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Rose of Sharon - Rose of Sharon is a member of the hibiscus family. Like other types of hibiscus, it appreciates moist soil but tolerates drought. In midsummer to early autumn, it is covered with tropical-looking blooms in pink, lavender, or white, often with deep red centers. Name: Hibiscus syriacus Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: 6-10 feet tall and 6 feet wide Zones: 5-9

Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

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Forsythia - The bright golden blooms of forsythia are practically synonymous with spring in much of the country. Northern gardeners should choose one of the cold-hardy selections, such as Meadowlark, which provides reliable bloom even after sub-zero winters. Name: Forsythia selections Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil Size: 2-15 feet tall; 3-9 feet wide Zones: 4-8

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Bridalwreath Spirea - Bridalwreath spirea makes an elegant border and is widely adaptable, deer proof, drought tolerant, and easy to grow. An arching abundance of white flower clusters in mid-spring give the shrub a romantic air. Name: Spiraea vanhouttei Growing Conditions: Full sun with well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide Zones: 4-8

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Purple Beautyberry - Purple beautyberry bears clusters of pink blooms along its stem in late summer. The flowers develop into iridescent purple berries in fall. In Zone 5, beautyberry may die back over winter, but will resprout from the base to produce a full crop of flowers and fruits. The shrub is quite drought tolerant. Name: Callicarpa dichotoma Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade; well-drained soil Size: 4-5 feet tall and wide Zones: 6-8

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Hardy hibiscus - Hardy hibiscus forms showstopping 8- to 12-inch-diameter flowers on plants 3-6 feet tall. The blooms appear in shades of red, white, salmon, or pink. Although it grows best in moist soil, it tolerates drought well. Here it teams with oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia and yew (Taxus spp.). Name: Hibiscus moscheutos Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist well-drained soil Size: 3-8 feet tall; 3-5 feet wide Zones: 5-10

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Dwarf Fothergilla - Dwarf fothergilla is a plant with an extended season of interest. In early spring it bears fragrant white bottlebrush blooms; in fall its leaves turn fiery red, orange, and yellow. It grows in full sun or light shade. Its bigger cousin, large fothergilla (F. major) is similar except it grows to 8 feet tall. Name: Fothergilla gardenii Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade Size: 3 feet tall and wide Zones: 5-9

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Lilac - Lilacs are renowned for their fragrant trusses of mauve, pink, white, or purple blooms in mid- to late-spring. The variety Bloomerang extends the season with repeat bloom in late summer to fall. Dwarf Korean lilac, 'Miss Kim' lilac, and 'George Eastman' lilac all remain under 10 feet tall. Some newer cultivars are less prone to powdery mildew, lilac's biggest imperfection. Name: Syringa spp. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: 3-30 feet tall and wide Zones: 2-9

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Weigela - Weigela's red or pink trumpet-shape blooms are popular with hummingbirds. Some varieties bear white flowers; others produce copper, burgundy, or variegated leaves. My Monet is a variegated selection that grows only 12-18 inches tall and wide. Name: Weigela florida Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade; well-drained soil Size: 1-9 feet tall; 5-8 feet wide Zones: 4-8

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Ninebark - This native shrub requires little care to thrive. Grown primarily for its colorful foliage, which may be gold, coppery red, or deep purple in addition to medium green, ninebark stands up well to heat and drought. The burgundy foliage of Summer Wine ninebark, for example, contrasts beautifully with its delicate pink blooms. Name: Physocarpus selections Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade; well-drained soil Size: 5-10 feet tall and 5-15 feet wide Zones: 3-7

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Summersweet - With a name like summersweet, you can guess that this shrub's pink or white flowers are fragrant. It's one of the few shrubs that bloom well in shade, although it also will grow in full sun in the north, provided it has adequate moisture. Name: Clethra alnifolia Growing Conditions: Full sun to shade and moist soil Size: 3-5 feet tall and wide Zones: 3-9

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Mix annuals and perennials in this beautiful English style garden! Click through for our favorite cottage style plans: www.bhg.com/...

Garden Plans for Cottage Style

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Raised planter from leftover wood

Plant a Fragrant Path - When you're relaxing on the patio at the end of the day, enjoy a rich aroma or subtle perfume. Consider planting a fragrant path that leads up to the patio from the garden. Tall, arching stalks of flowering tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris) or licorice-scented sprays of hyssop (Agastache rupestris) could greet you alongside a small trellis with moonflowers (Ipomoea alba). This combination will create a "scentsational" experience for you and your guests.

16 Great Patio Ideas

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