Poolscaping — Transforming Average to Outstanding

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By Sandra Nelson   My daughter recently lamented that swimming pools are the new toilet paper this summer  —  not to be found anywhere. She moaned that she missed being outdoors, enjoying her surroundings and dangling her feet in the water while the kids splashed and played. Granted, she was talking about a kiddie pool …

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Low Maintenance Landscaping

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By Sandra Nelson   As much as I love gardening, I absolutely HATE the mindless, time-consuming and oftentimes expensive routine maintenance chores involved in taking care of a traditionally landscaped yard.  Rather than a place to relax and unwind, the idealized suburban landscape of perfectly manicured turf, neatly edged walkways and precisely pruned shrubs can easily …

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Great Companions

Posted by & filed under Bees, Beneficial insects, Birds, Butterfly Gardens, Designing for Butterflies, Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, ecosystems, Full sun, Gardens, Groundcovers, Insects, Native Grasses, Native groundcovers, Native Plants, Naturalizing, Rock gardens, Shade Gardens, Shade-loving plants, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   My daughter FaceTimed me the other day. She wanted me to see a plant and tell her what would look good with it in her garden. I gave her a few suggestions, but the conversation really got me thinking. I don’t know how many times I have stood in a garden …

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Color In The Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   While line, shape, form and texture tend to be the subtle elements shaping the viewer’s perception of a garden design, color is the one that jumps out and grabs you. It draws you in or pushes you away; it fires your emotions and stokes your energy level or it brings much …

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Line, Form And Texture In The Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   For years, I thought that color was the most important element in garden design. I thought that if only I could learn to get the colors right, then I would finally have that show-stopping yard I had been dreaming about for years. It’s only been in the last few weeks that …

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Designing Beds That Delight

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By Sandra Nelson   I don’t know how you are handling stress these days, but I find myself drawn more and more to my yard. When I feel anxiety building, I stroll through the yard, stopping every few seconds to discover the changes from the day before and to soak in the calming power of …

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English Cottage Gardens  — The Original Rambunctious Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   Although it was never called by name, in retrospect I realize that my grandmother’s wild and free style of gardening that I talked about last week  — her rambunctious garden — was her personal version of what we would call an English cottage garden.      Cottage gardens can be traced …

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