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The Best Perennials for Your Yard

Here's the perfect plant to brighten shady spots in your yard. Japanese forestgrass bears screamingly chartreuse foliage in a gracefully arching mound that looks good from spring to fall.

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Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

Water Smarts: Foliage plants shine in this drought-tolerant garden. Many drought-tolerant plants offer less-showy blooms, but make up for it with interesting foliage, such as Japanese bloodgrass. Plants in curb strips catch water before it hits the street. Replace grass with drought-tolerant plantings, which also help prevent erosion. Shade can fight against water loss: Plants lose a lot of moisture from evaporation on hot days. Grasses and artemisia offer beautiful foliage in this bed.

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Low-Upkeep Landscapes

Low-Upkeep Landscapes - Want a yard that needs only minimal maintenance? Try these tips, including suggestions for low-upkeep plants. | Better Homes and Gardens

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No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn

Rock Garden A rock garden can be an attractive alternative to a grass lawn. This one has a rock streambed as the centerpiece, with low-water perennials flanking and overflowing its sides. The garden's natural look offers a lot of color and visual interest.