Category Archives: Garden Design Principles

Thirteen Ideas for Decorating your Country Garden

Recently a reader commented, lamenting about when she placed garden decorations on their country property, something just didn’t seem right. After that I started thinking about all the different things that say farm, rural, and country living style to me. … Continue reading

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Some ideas about using Garden Ornaments, they add that Finishing Touch to a Garden

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about gardening by going on garden tours, and analyzing what I was looking at. I figured out mass versus specimen planting, noticed and discovered that plants had different shaped leaves, realized a garden … Continue reading

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Some ideas for Designing / Laying out Flower Beds

When most people thing about making a flower garden on their property, they clear a strip of land that runs along a fence or walkway (creating a border), or if imagination strikes they might try making a kidney bean-shaped bed … Continue reading

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Planting a Garden Room on Your Property

The idea of dividing the outdoor space around your home into what the horticultural world is calling rooms has really been around for hundreds, maybe thousands of years; even though it seems to be a trendy and new concept. As … Continue reading

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Design a Rock Garden with Different sizes of Stones

When I moved into my home in 1990, I was left with a large amount of crushed stone (4 to 5 inches deep), set on top of many feet of sand that surrounds my house. It was probably some kind … Continue reading

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Siting a Garden Shed on Your Property

Siting a garden shed, or even a gazebo, garden pavilion or pergola on your property instantaneously will give you a focal point to look at. If sited right, it will add tons of visual value to your property. If done … Continue reading

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Distance Foundation Plants from your House when Planting

Planting bushes along the front, sides and even back of your house helps to visually tie the house to the land that surrounds it. The foundation plantings, have a way of softening the transition from the rolling lawn, to the … Continue reading

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