PLANT OF THE WEEK – MEXICAN BUSH SAGE

This is a favorite with many gardeners because it will provide you with dynamic purple blooms through the autumn season. Mexican Bush Sage (salvia leucantha) is drought tolerant which makes including it in your garden an even wiser decision. Particularly with the drought we’ve been experiencing this season.

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PICKING THE PERFECT JAPANESE MAPLE

The Japanese Maple is probably one of the most favored trees to include in landscaping. One of its most endearing features it that it grows somewhat slowly and tends to keep a a nice compact shape that won’t demand constant pruning. But the biggest reason people love a Japanese Maple is because  of its multiple colors and vibrant displays during various seasons. Add to the color interest a variety of leaf shapes, and is anyone surprised by their popularity. But most important, there is a Japanese Maple with size that is suitable to fit any yard or lack of yard. Let us help you find that perfect maple. Whether you’re putting one in a pot, in a courtyard, on a deck, as an accent in a bed or to help shade a window, we’ve got one that will serve your color, shape and size requirements.

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SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER LANDSCAPING CHECKLIST

As summer begins to wind down, there are certain lawn and landscape items that need to be taken care of during the months of September and October. Most importantly is that it’s the perfect time to think about renovating and rejuvenating your landscape design because these two months are a little cooler and there is more moisture in the air. This gives new plants the best possible conditions for establishing themselves in their new home. Make a list of the plants you want to incorporate in your landscape. This is also an ideal time to start buying and planting spring time bulbs as well.

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A STONE’S THROW…LANDSCAPING WITH STONE, GRAVEL AND BOULDERS

Love the look of stone and rock in landscaping?  There are many different types of stone that can be incorporated into your landscape, and an infinite number of ways to use stone.  New ideas pop up all the time, and some of the traditional uses will never go out of vogue.  Our favorites?  You certainly don’t have to ask twice.

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GETTING CREATIVE IN THE GARDEN

I’m always looking for creative new ideas to enhance my landscape and the landscapes of the homes we create designs for.  It’s also fun to share these finds with our readers.  Whether you choose to implement my most recent discoveries or use them as inspiration to create something that compliments your personality, I hope you’ll find our ideas a little different.

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TAKING A BITE OUT OF THE MOSQUITO POPULATION

They are the peskiest of pests, and they are at their height of peskiness during August.  But there are ways to  control the population in your yard.  It’s not only their itchy bites that are problematic, but there is also need for worry over the diseases they carry. Armed with the right knowledge, you make it a fair fight and hopefully come close to winning the battle against these annoying summer visitors.

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WHAT’S YOUR GARDEN STYLE? TAKE THE QUIZ.

Thinking about a new landscape, but really don’t know what exactly it is you might be looking for? Certainly not an uncommon problem, but one we encounter on a regular basis. Your landscape should reflect your own interests and lifestyle. There are so many different styles to choose from that trying to decide on one specific style may seem a little overwhelming to the novice.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST GARDEN BENCH FOR YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

There are so many ways to add interest to your landscape, but nothing can bring as much comfort as a garden bench.  Garden benches have provided outdoor pleasure to people for centuries, and while everything else in our environment has changed and grown, the pleasure of a few minutes stolen from the business of your day has not. Garden benches are great for reflecting with that first cup of coffee in the morning, while reading the news or planning your day.  A comfortable seat in a quiet location, before you begin the day allows you to take in the sights and smells of your garden, as well.  In the evening, a garden bench gives you the opportunity to calm down, take a breath and unwind in the most visually appealing, harmonious location of your entire home, both indoors and out.

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