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  • My Vintage Beauty

    Pretty white picket fence with cottage garden and arbor

  • Kim Thomas Lane

    Garden Ideas: Grow a Cutting Garden. Even though they take up little real estate, small-space sidewalk gardens can be great for growing your own cut flowers. Here, foxgloves, roses, and a host of other flowers are perfect for dressing up the front of the house and dropping in a vase for a great hostess gift or table decoration. Here's a tip: Look at landscape accents to give your sidewalk garden more appeal. Here, for example, a white picket fence and arbor create even...

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