“Frenemies “ — Bugs, Your Garden and You : Part 2: Designing for Bugs

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If anyone had told me, even ten years ago, that I would be designing my yard to accommodate bugs, I would have called them crazy. Back then any and all bugs were the ENEMY and needed to be immediately eradicated — with powerful insecticides so that death would be almost instantaneous. Today the shelf that… Read more »

Water Features: An Oasis of Your Own

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”     The words of John Lubbock, an early British statesman and naturalist, hold enormous truths… Read more »

Dining Out — In Your Own Backyard: Design Tips

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Whether you are going to hire a professional company like Embassy Landscape Group or tackle a DIY project, installing an outdoor kitchen requires serious planning to be successful. I’ve gathered a few ideas together to think about as you design and install that perfect backyard dining space. Today we will look at some of the big… Read more »

Plant A Patch: Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

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A favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, this clump-forming native perennial sports 8 inch spikes of striking red blooms beginning in July and continuing until frost. In the wild, Cardinal flowers are typically found in wetlands, along the edges of streams and in ravines and ditches. Cardinal flowers require a consistent moisture to thrive which makes… Read more »