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A simple trellis becomes the frame for a vertical garden that adds interest to this backyard fence. Via dumpaday.com

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This garden may look like it's deeply rooted in the past, with plenty of worn-around-the-edges patina, but that's an impression created through plenty of thoughtful, smart decisions. | Photo: Jennifer Cheung

Timeless Treasure Garden

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Salvaged materials, lavish plantings, vintage collectibles—and some sleight of hand—create a new garden with old-world character | Photo: Jennifer Cheung

Timeless Treasure Garden

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So dreamy, you might be tempted to think this U.K. winner of "Overall Gardener of the Year" of the Garden News National Garden Competition 2010 AND the Daily Mail National Garden Competition is a Hollywood Photoshop creation!

To create a terraced vegetable garden, this couple used bags of concrete mix to shore up the rows. One section at a time, they positioned the unopened bags along the downward slope, then soaked them with a hose each day for a week. Once the concrete inside the bags was stiff, they added additional rows until they had enough supports for flat planting beds. When complete, they ripped off the paper to reveal tidy rows of pillow-shaped concrete blocks. Photo: Mark Lohman

Garden Beauty on a Budget

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Railing planters filled with bright blooms and tall ferns or grasses offer splashes of color while also increasing privacy. When hung inside the railing, they let you, rather than the neighbors, enjoy their decorative boost. | Keller + Keller

Outdoor Rooms as the Perfect Staycation Destinations

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A short picket fence tames the azalea just a bit while also framing the blossoms during the week or so the shrub is in bloom. | thisoldhouse.com

Easy-Growing Flowers for Fences

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Looking for perennials that will spread or reseed themselves right through your picket fence? Black-eyed Susans, are ideal, as are asters, bearded irises, bee balms, daylilies, four o’clocks, goldenrods, mums, phlox, purple coneflowers, Queen Anne’s lace, and spider flowers. | thisoldhouse.com

Easy-Growing Flowers for Fences

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A seating area within this potager garden gives the owners a choice way to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labors. | Designed by Brooke and Steve Giannetti /thisoldhouse.com

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White picket fences seem tailor-made for climbing roses, like ‘The Fairy’, but don’t overlook other worthy candidates such as ‘Amethyst Falls’ American wisterias, bougainvilleas, Carolina jessamines, clematis, Confederate jasmines, crossvines, cypress vines, hyacinth beans, mandevillas, morning glories, passion vines, and trumpet honeysuckles. | thisoldhouse.com

Easy-Growing Flowers for Fences

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Variegated 'Firefly' hydrangea and its silvery-leaved cousin, 'Moonlight' are great choices for climbing a garden arch. | Photo: GAP Photos | thisoldhouse.com

All About Hydrangeas

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The pergola, nearly engulfed by 'New Dawn' roses, serves as a perch for songbirds and hides the garage from view. | thisoldhouse.com

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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An 'Autumn Sunset' shrub rose scrambles up the entry arbor near the house, while leafy, self-sowing hollyhocks grow at its base. | thisoldhouse.com

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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'May Night' salvia and other purple bloomers line the paths that wind through this lush, colorful garden. | thisoldhouse.com

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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A rusted wreck, like this broken-down carriage or a vintage tractor, becomes a focal point in the garden, drawing visitors to far corners that might otherwise go ignored. | Photo: Richard Felber | thisoldhouse.com

Turn Salvaged Junk Into Garden Ornaments

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Check out this seed-starter greenhouse fashioned from castoff windows and recycled metal roof tiles. | thisoldhouse.com

Reader DIY Project: This Old House

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The soft lavender hues and delicately arching habits of the surrounding flowers have a mellowing effect on mounds of 'Rustic Orange' and 'Trusty Rusty' coleus.| Photo: Matthew Benson | thisoldhouse.com

Use Colorful Coleus to Perk Up Any Garden Corner

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Apple trees create a colorful late-season backdrop to this garden rich in texture. | Photo: Photo: Jim Westphalen | thisoldhouse.com

Steal Ideas from Our Best Yard and Garden Transformations Ever

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In this woodland garden, a small bluestone patio is softened by chartreuse mounds of 'All Gold' Japanese forest grass and shaded by several uncommon trees and shrubs, including four Japanese hollies and a 'Yoshino' Japanese cedar that towers above them. | Photo: Rob Cardillo | thisoldhouse.com

A Charming Garden With Planter's Punch

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This large deck with a covered outdoor room, complete with a stone hearth and a lace-top brick wall, makes a great place for get-togethers. | Photo: Brian Gomsak | thisoldhouse.com

A Guest Room—and More—Outdoors

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  • Dorothy LaDonna

    this would be so awesome in my yard! Wish yard crashers would ring my bell

An old pickling pot holds elephant's ears, 'Freckles' coleus, and 'Dragon Wing' begonias. Other flowering plants were chosen to lure butterflies and birds. | Photo: Brian Gomsak | thisoldhouse.com

A Guest Room—and More—Outdoors

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Amid lilies and moneywort, a Japanese-style garden with a concrete trough fountain adds trickling sounds to be heard on the dining deck. | Photo: Mark Lohman. | thisoldhouse.com

8 Lessons on Stretching a Small Yard

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The dusty pink flowers and chartreuse leaves of 'Limemound' spirea (S. japonica) contrast in both texture and color with the feathery fronds of ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and a rusty-red 'Shirazz' Japanese maple against the house. | Photo: Dale Horchner | thisoldhouse.com

Creating a Secret Garden

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In curving rows, hostas create natural-looking, low-maintenance borders for a large expanse of lawn without hardscape edging. Here, they divide the turf into different outdoor rooms, adding to the feeling of a green oasis. | Photo: Alison Rosa | thisoldhouse.com

Grow a Lush Shade Garden With Hostas

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