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How To Dress Up Garden Center Flowers

Florist Maija Reisenauer of Hello Midge Flower Studio in Toronto offers three scenarios for container plantings that no one would suspect came from a hardware or grocery store. | Illustrations by Philipp Boltz

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Pro Tips: Landscape Designer Joel Loblaw’s Best Backyard Advice

Lean towards hardy native shrubs such as viburnums and dogwoods — they’re very tough and hard to kill. | Designer: Joel Loblaw Inc. Photographer: Virginia Macdonald

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"It really is best to wait until mid-May. As our weather has shown, you never know when it’s going to get below freezing and kill the sensitive new leaf structure." - Joel Loblaw | Designer: Joel Loblaw Inc. Photographer: Virginia Macdonald

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I’m always amazed at how much people enjoy small pools. But I’d say that if a garden is smaller than 16′ by 16′ you’re probably going to start eating up valuable real estate that could be used for patios and plantings. | Designer: Joel Loblaw Inc. Photographer: Virginia Macdonald

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Prefabricated fire pits add incredible atmosphere and are cost-efficient and low-maintenance. | Designer: Joel Loblaw Inc Photographer: Virginia Macdonald

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Columnar trees don’t take up a lot of space and are not nearly as expensive, or as much maintenance, as a green wall (and guess what? They’re still green!). | Designer: Joel Loblaw Inc. Photographer: Virginia Macdonald

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Planters are great! You can have them custom-made, but there are also lots of prefabricated planters available at a reasonable price. | Designer: Joel Loblaw Inc. Photographer: Virginia Macdonald

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We still use cedar quite often. Again, it’s a tried, tested and true product. It’s also produced in Canada and weathers well for about 15 to 20 years. | Designer: Joel Loblaw Inc Photographer: Stacey Brandford

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For gardens that don’t get a lot of light, astilbe is a lovely perennial; Winterbeauty dogwood is a great shrub; and Serviceberry is a nice small tree shrub. | Designer: Joel Loblaw Inc. Photographer: Stacey Brandford

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Lilac's are inexpensive, fast-growing and very hardy.

Editor’s Picks: Foolproof Flowers To Plant This Spring

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Try filling a vase with hosta's elegant leaves and setting it on the hall table. Photographer: Joan de Grey

Editor’s Picks: Foolproof Flowers To Plant This Spring

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Fuss-free lavender flowers are a honeybee favorite, and always look so lovely when picked and placed in a vase next to your bed.

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Classic Incrediball Hydrangea have a lovely shape and boast plenty of foliage. Plus, they’re dead easy to grow, with hardy stems and blooms that last into September.

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Is there anything cheerier than a window box overflowing with low-maintenance geranium?

Editor’s Picks: Foolproof Flowers To Plant This Spring

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Easy Watering Tips For Your Lawn & Garden | Keep your lawn and garden looking greener than ever! Discover the best garden watering tools and get answers to your top lawn maintenance questions from Home Hardware's gardening expert Mark Cullen.

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Finding The Perfect Indoor Planter Pots

Indoor Garden | Finding The Perfect Indoor Planter Pots | #plants #gardening #herbs #subwaytile | Photographer: Donna Griffith

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Photo Gallery: 40 Gorgeous Gardens

Frame Your Garden Vistas. Anchor your garden paths with metal arches | Photo Gallery: Gorgeous Gardens | House & Home

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Choose plantings that mimic an enchanting, English-country garden | Photo Gallery: Gorgeous Gardens | House & Home

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Purple plantings lead the way to a feature fountain | Photo Gallery: Gorgeous Gardens | House & Home

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Plant Bright Blooms | Photo Gallery: Gorgeous Gardens | House & Home

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Invest In A Water Feature | Photo Gallery: Gorgeous Gardens | House & Home

Photo Gallery: Gorgeous Gardens

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