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Not-So-Secret Gardens

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Not-So-Secret Gardens

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A profusion of blooming flora invite visitors down this garden path.

They may look pretty, but if you don't want them taking over, these are plants you want to avoid.

The Top 20 Invasive Plants to Keep OUT of Your Garden

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A reclaimed-cypress shed stores garden tools for this container garden of organic herbs, including chamomile for tea and a mix of greens, tomatoes, and edible flowers.

Green Building Expert's 1931 Colonial Revival Redo

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A triangle of shrubs—a potted dwarf white pine, a weeping purple European beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea') near the door, and a 'Frohburg' weeping Norway spruce—frames the view from the garage to the far side of the house.

Four-Season Garden Star

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Stone sets the tone for these front gardens. Pavers laid in a fan pattern in front of the house and garage do triple duty: as parking pad, pathway, and entertainment space. Boulders, their impact softened by perennials and shrubs, pay homage to the area's natural landscape.

Four-Season Garden Star

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Red and white impatiens frame the walkway leading up to an arbor garden gate in the same colors. Lovely.

CARMEL’S COTTAGE GARDENS- Stitching the garden together with small flowers and ground covers.

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Fill vertical space in your landscape—without paying for pricey trees—with hanging planters. Most plants that can live on the floor of a garden can be hung from a branch or a post.

How the Pros Cut Costs on Projects

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Bring a taste of the outdoors to your indoor only cats with a DIY Cat Garden. Super easy and your cats will love it! | Via #BlogPawsDIY

How to turn your clay pots into a vertical garden. DIY by The Horticult / Ryan Benoit Design

Turn Your Clay Pots Into a Vertical Garden: Our 'Dark Rye'/Whole Foods Collabo! | The Horticult

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This gardener keeps potted roses along the driveway until she finds the perfect spot to plant them.

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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Well-mannered Hosta thrives under shade trees in zones 3-8 and features showy foliage in blue-green to chartreuse, punctuated with spikes of cream to purple flowers. Grows even under black walnut trees. Size varies by variety. | Photo: Lee Avison/GAP Photos

Potted roses soften the hard edge where the brick house meets the driveway.

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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Unthirsty easy-care plants, including Mexican feather grass, blue hibiscus, New Zealand flax, and orange pincushion create drama while star jasmine frames the gate of this Spanish colonial rivival home.

24 inspiring lawn-free yards

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A repeat-blooming 'Malvern Hills' rambling rose climbs this brick facade, helping to tie the house to the landscape.

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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French doors invite views of the garden inside, while the painted trim outside echoes the purple- and blue-flowering perennials that wind through the garden.

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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This garden entryway is so inviting. An 'Autumn Sunset' shrub rose scrambles up the entry arbor near, while leafy, self-sowing hollyhocks grow at its base.

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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'May Night' salvia and other purple bloomers line the paths that wind through this lush, colorful garden.

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

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A majestic bird feeder acts as a trellis for climbing roses.

It's a beautiful world!

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You don't need a three-tiered water feature to adapt this ingenious idea of a succulent "fountain" for your own garden. But it certainly is dramatic!

24 DIY Garden Projects Anyone Can Make

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White climbing roses and leafy grapevines scramble up a porch's posts, while pots of kumquat and rosemary flank the steps at a cottage garden created by Santa Monica, California, designer Lisa Moseley.

8 Essential Elements for Planning a Cottage Garden

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Get creative and dress up your chicken coop! Embellishments, such as flower boxes in front of divided-light windows and scalloped trim beneath a red tin roof, give this chicken coop cottage charm

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

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HomeTalk promised that the inside of this potting shed would blow us away. And it does! Check it out here.

Vintage Potting Shed

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Gardening inspiration is all the rage on Pinterest right now. Guess you're ready for spring. Think warm thoughts with the best gardens of all time via This Old House and TheSnug.com.

chase winter blues! plan your spring garden

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Drying herbs doesn't require special equipment. Check out our simple instructions. | Photo: Mark Lohman

The Ultimate Bonus Room Just Might be a Shed

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Before you throw out that old chair...

24 Creative Garden Container Ideas (with pictures)

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