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How to Use Bold Textured Plants for Outstanding Garden Design

Bold textured plants

If you’re looking for great transitional plants, bold textured plants carry the garden when flowering plants begin to die off for the season. A plant with heavily textured, bold foliage rivals the showiest of blooms. They grab your attention and beg to be the focal point of a garden bed. Garden designer Rebecca Sweet has these expert tips. 

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How to Combat Poor Soil Conditions for a Better Garden

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It’s easy to blame poor soil conditions for our garden troubles; I do it myself. In northern Wisconsin it was too sandy. Here, in Cincinnati, there’s too much clay. Some soil blocks nutrients from plants. Some soil simply lacks enough nutrients for the plants we want to grow. And that is part of the problem—we need to choose the right plants for the soil, or find a different place to grow the plants we want.

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Easy-to-Follow Tips for Growing Trees In Pots

growing trees in pots

Japanese maples are the very best selection for growing trees in pots (or containers). Their incredible diversity of color and form provides an inspiring selection from which to choose, while their slow growth habit and their shallow, fibrous roots perfectly suit them to container culture. Expert grower Patricia Smyth shares these easy-to-follow tips.

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Create Texture in Your Garden with Wispy Plants

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Garden designer Rebecca Sweet knows texture is a powerful tool in the garden. It creates an irresistible physical reaction among kids and adults alike. Fine textures are a favorite among gardeners because delicate and wispy foliage and flowers help create a soft and welcoming atmosphere.

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