Not-So-Secret Gardens

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Not-So-Secret Gardens

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Statues can be especially striking when they contrast with their surroundings, as the smooth surface and delicate look of this concrete maiden does with the rough woody texture of nearby tree trunks.

Magical Ideas for Garden Ornaments

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A tiered cast-stone fountain adds a 3D focal point with a pointed finial that plays up the flowering panicles of the 'Tardiva' hydrangea in the background.

Magical Ideas for Garden Ornaments

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    Jacqueline Martinez

    ideal deco in Garden flowering

Until in-ground plantings mature, using a clutch of tightly arranged containers is a useful trick for drawing the eye away from a garden's bare spots toward a riot of concentrated color.

Timeless Treasure Garden

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A weathered stone bench just off the beaten path of this shade garden is a welcome surprise to anyone who ventures by.

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An oversized urn, glazed in earthy colors, complements a dazzling border of mixed pink and purple perennials.

Magical Ideas for Garden Ornaments

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A nice choice for a street-side garden, 'Moonbeam' Coreopsis (C. verticillata 'Moonbeam') has butter-yellow daisy-like flowers from June through August. Most coreopsis varieties self-seed, but 'Moonbeam' is sterile, so you won't find plants sprouting on the other edge of your sidewalk. Grows up to 2 feet tall and wide. Zones 3–9

Resilient Plants for Hardy Hellstrips

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A vintage wood toolbox filled with border dahlia and dwarf maiden grass is nestled against an old cast-iron stove with pansies and petunias tumbling out.

Timeless Treasure Garden

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Yarrow (Achillea) is a carefree perennial that can reach 8 feet high. But woolly yarrow (A. tomentosa) has a ground-hugging habit with bright yellow flowers that grow to 10 inches tall. For more height, 'Moonshine' (shown) grows 2 feet high with similar blooms. Yarrows like dry to medium-damp soil; full sun. Zones 3–8

Resilient Plants for Hardy Hellstrips

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This chippy, shabby-painted bench is exactly the sort of well-loved piece you'd stumble upon in an old garden. Faux-aged concrete fits right in—witness the colorfully planted urns on either side.

Timeless Treasure Garden

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Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca) produces clumps of finely textured light-blue leaves topped in summer with buff-colored seed heads. Grows up to 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. Drought and salt tolerant, it prefers sun but handles some shade.

Resilient Plants for Hardy Hellstrips

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    Wendy Olson

    Very nice and perfect for the boulevard

Do you doodle during meetings or on the phone? Bring them to life in your garden walkway with a stone pebble mosaic design that expresses your inner artist!

Beautiful Garden Path Designs and Ideas for Yard Landscaping with Stone Pebbles

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A bubbler set in a basin gently churns the surface of the water, providing a primarily visual experience—and a strong magnet for birds and butterflies. Because the water doesn't tumble down the side, bubblers are probably the quietest fountains. They lose very little water to splashing or wind, minimizing your refilling duties.

All About Garden Fountains

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Flowers drape and spill over the sides of weathered wood containers on a sheltered flagstone patio that now fronts a 1950s house in Southern California.

Timeless Treasure Garden

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Open lattice panels frame a view of this formal garden and trees in the distance.

Magical Ideas for Garden Ornaments

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The spiky form and curling threads of Agave filifera give this planting a fascinating foundation, while the coral-flowering succulent Echeveria 'Lola' adds beautiful soft color that complements the powder-coated aluminum container.

Easy-Care, Low-Water Container Gardens

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On a patio bound by pavers and boxwood hedges, this formal tiered fountain surrounded by pink Astilbe begs guests to sit and stay awhile.

All About Garden Fountains

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The watering cans that appear to be filling the creek below these steps were sourced in England. But the fountain is located in a garden in Gouarec, France.

Water feature with watering cans !

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Adding a garden gate between distinctly different areas of your garden will literally stop you for a moment as you transition from, say, a bright, landscaped area into a dimly lit, mossy woods beyond.

Magical Ideas for Garden Ornaments

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One container filled to the brim with a single type of plant can have major impact beside the front door. Apple-green "dinner plate" Aeonium urbicum fills this textured white urn with a mound of the flowerlike rosettes, resembling a bouquet.

Easy-Care, Low-Water Container Gardens

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A cobalt blue pot forms the colorful foundation for a quartet of plants with interesting foliage color and form. Tall, metallic green Astelia 'Silver Shadow' sits up high, while purple-flowering Salvia 'Amistad' and coral-blooming Heuchera send up delicate flower spikes, and weeping chartreuse Carex oshimensis 'Everillo' spills over the edge.

Easy-Care, Low-Water Container Gardens

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  • Jacqueline Martinez
    Jacqueline Martinez

    Blue Cobalt potting and flowers ,,,ideal deco Patio *

Before taking that old bike to the junkyard, consider this garden ornament idea from The Hanky Dress Lady: Bicycle Wheel Garden Art - Steel Magnolias.

Bicycle Wheel Garden Art - Steel Magnolias

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Buried beer, wine and booze bottles create a "star" statement in this Michigan garden.

How to bury bottles to create stunning yard art

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Instead of hanging birdhouses from tree branches, Barb Rosen of the blog Our Fairfield Home & Garden, mounted birdhouses on old ladders to create functional garden accents. See more of her garden here.

11 Ways to Repurpose and Decorate with Ladders

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  • Gail Claypool
    Gail Claypool

    I would be afraid the cats in my neighborhood would climb the ladders for their lunch.

Tall columns support narrow arbors to define this patio from the garden.

20+ Ideas: Arbors, Trellis, Obelisks, and More - Empress of Dirt

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Simple iron hoops covered in espaliered apple trees lead to Prince Charles' completely organic kitchen garden.

Garden Like Prince Charles

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