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Serena Manickam

Serena Manickam is a freelance editor and writer and sustainable market gardener in rural Virginia. She holds a BA in environmental science and runs Fairydiddle Farm, a small market garden in which she grows no-spray produce and herbs to sell at a local farmer’s market.

7 Scented Garden Ideas That Engage The Senses

Imagine your dream garden, with all of its beautiful plants and wandering pathways. Now close your eyes. What do you hear? What do you smell? Just looking at plants might melt the tension from your shoulders and lift the corners of your mouth, but smelling them can transport you to a whole different world. Few …

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9 Creative Rooftop Garden Design Ideas -The Sky Is The Limit

If you don’t have space around your home in which to garden, it might be time to look up. A flat roof, whether it tops your garage or your high-rise apartment building, can be transformed into a beautiful green space. Plant veggies, flowers, even small trees … the sky really is the limit! Plus, rooftop …

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9 Ornamental Grasses Garden Ideas To Add Texture And Movement To Your Yard

Flowers, the darlings of most gardens, tend to outshine everything else. But the often-overlooked ornamental grasses have much to offer too. These low-maintenance plants add interesting texture and movement as well as color to a garden, come in a wide range of sizes, and often tolerate drought. Add a unique touch to your outdoor space …

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11 Innovative Vertical Garden Ideas for Small (and Large) Spaces

Vertical gardening adds height and increases the amount of growing space you have to work with, which can be especially helpful in small spaces such as patio gardens or raised bed gardens. Whether you need more room to grow or simply want to add vertical interest to your garden, here are 11 vertical garden ideas …

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11 Miniature Fairy Garden Ideas for a Magical Yard

Whether or not you believe in fairies, you can enjoy the charming details of a fairy garden. Small plants paired with tiny doors and other miniature accessories inspire magic and wonder in gardeners and visitors of all ages. Tuck fairy gardens into hidden pockets of the yard or plant one in a dish to enjoy …

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9 Spectacular Succulent Garden Ideas

For most people in my area, “succulent garden” is an alien concept, perhaps only conjuring images of shallow containers filled with small, fleshy plants. But succulent gardens range in size from a teacup to an entire yard and vary as widely in appearance as any other type of garden. Tight spacing of colorful succulents can …

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11 Beautiful Rock Garden Ideas

While some parts of the world receive increasing amounts of rainfall every year, others experience longer and more intense dry periods. One great landscaping option for gardeners in areas with limited water is a rock garden. Or perhaps, as is common in my area, you struggle to beautify a yard filled with jutting rocks you’d …

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8 Peaceful Water Garden Ideas For Your Backyard

Water features add soothing sounds, wildlife habitat, and an opportunity to include a broader range of plants in your garden. From tabletop gardens to built-in ponds, gain some inspiration for creating your own lush water garden with the following creative water garden ideas. Creative Water Garden Ideas If you want to create a relaxing atmosphere …

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9 Patio Garden Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Living Space

A patio is like an extra room of your house, serving as an outdoor living room, dining room, kitchen, and play room. If you live in a townhouse, it may even serve as your “yard”! And just like any other part of your home, you’ll want to make the patio comfortable, beautiful, and functional. I’ve …

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