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Natural light also floods in through the French doors along the wraparound porch, and "everywhere you go, you can see the garden," Blazona says. In this photo: White flowers—including salvia, violas, petunias, begonias, and lantana—adorn the side porch. Jann Blazona California Garden - Farmhouse Decorating and Garden Ideas - Country Living

Be Charmed by This Handcrafted California Farmhouse and Garden

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Container Gardening

Not all lavender is, well, lavender in color. Varieties of this fragrant herb come in shades of purple and blue ranging from light to dark, as well as white, red, pink, and even yellow-green.

The Allure of Lavender

#Perrenials: Lungwort - Best for shade, this is a great plant with an unfortunate name, lungwort (Pulmonaria) earned its moniker from the silvery, lung-shaped spots that dot the foliage. The variegated foliage looks great all season long, but is an especially nice accent to the clusters of pink, white, or blue flowers in spring. Lungwort grows best in Zones 4-8 and reaches 1 foot tall

The Best Perennials for Shade

10 Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine

10 Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine

Favorite flower for containers. Very heat and drought tolerant...perfect for decks and patios without shade.

Decorated Chaos: Favorite Flower of the Summer

15 of our favorite drought-tolerant perennials—see them here:

The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

Purple fountain grass will be perfect along the driveway as tolerates full sun and little water - Via

Fireworks Fountain Grass - Monrovia - Fireworks Fountain Grass

Spring Hill Nurseries - Pink Muhly Grass - totally need for the front yard: extremely easy, thrives despite heat, humidity, drought, even poor soil! 3' tall, 2 1/2' wide - full sun

Pink Muhly Grass - Cotton Candy Pink Grass

How to propagate rosemary and lavender; also works for basil

How to propagate rosemary and lavender; also works... — Gardening

Pruning Lavender; Don't cut plants like lavender to the ground, and don't touch them in fall or winter.

Pruning Subshrubs

Plant a garden full of mosquito repelling plants so you can actually enjoy being outdoors :)

11 plants that repel mosquitoes - Home to Home DIY

The 576-square-foot plot produces veggies all summer for a family of four, with plenty left over to share. Tidy raised beds and gravel paths make it easy to care for. (Every spring when I am planting-- this is how it looks in my head:) love it!)

Grow a Healthy Vegetable Garden

Gardeners will love Gardener's Supply Company's fuss-free and stylish herb drying rack. Throw some herbs up on the six hooks and let them air-dry for easy cooking preparation. And thanks to the sleek, circular steel design, the rack won't be an eyesore. Price: $20

66 Things You Can Grow At Home In Containers

Super SIMPLE Ombre Planter via Bower Power

Pot of Gold…err….Turquoise | Bower Power

Bulb-stacking for more blooms...I can't wait for spring!

How to Build a Rain Barrel--This DIY rain barrel costs less than $100 and works just as well as the expensive one you can buy. Get complete how-to instructions and start saving water with the next rainfall.

How to Build a Rain Barrel

25 Cool DIY Garden Potting Table Ideas

5 Best container garden vegetables for beginners.

Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves.

13 Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves

Here are a few tricks for using egg shells to help improve your garden:

Using egg shells in the garden

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Royal Empress Tree for the front yard