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You’re missing out if you don’t have shrubs around your home. Shrubs can add color, fragrance, and even protection from unwanted attention. Here are 15 ideas for landscaping with shrubs to boost your curb appeal Shrubs can create interesting patterns and designs that please the eye. Picking the right spot for the right shrub can …

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While many flowering plants open their blooms during daylight hours and close for the nighttime, others follow the reverse schedule. These evocative night blooming flowers have, in many cases, co-evolved with such nocturnal pollinators as moths and bats and frequently have ornate, often white or otherwise bright-colored flowers giving off a strong perfume. Some blooms …

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I recently moved into a new house with a wonderful, fully fenced-in backyard. The downside? Keeping that fence line clean! Grass and other weeds grow up from under the fence and creep into my yard from the neighboring properties. The mower can only get so close, and it’s difficult to string trim along the fence …

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Nasturtiums are a beautiful and beneficial addition to the garden. They add beauty to flower beds and containers, help control pests in the vegetable garden, and provide a peppery addition to salads and garnishes. Here are the best companion plants for nasturtiums. Companion Plants For Nasturtiums 1. Marigolds Marigolds are a gardener’s best friend. Their …

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While New Jersey has more than 2,000 beautiful native plant species, many of the plants you may be familiar seeing along roadsides, in the woods, and fields are actually invasive species. These aggressively spreading nonnative plants displace native plants and cause harm to local wildlife and entire ecosystems. Some invasive plants are still sold in …

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It’s thin and tall and almost never comes out by the root, instead breaking off just below the soil surface and releasing a pungent oniony odor that lingers on your hand—onion grass. Tufts of onion grass grow taller than the rest of the lawn, and strands of it poke up through the mulch in flower …

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Arborvitae make excellent privacy screens, borders, and even container plants, but what to plant with them? Just as arborvitae vary in shape, size, and hue, so do companion plants for arborvitae vary greatly. Mix textures and heights to create layers of interest, perhaps planting tall, conical arborvitae in a back row with smaller, rounded shrubs …

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Low-maintenance landscaping is often an afterthought when planning your home’s landscaping design. We usually think of curb appeal, which is important. Still, it’s best to come up with several low maintenance landscaping ideas for your home so you can enjoy your new home and not be a slave to maintaining it. Here are eleven mind-blowing …

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What do you know about growing ornamental kale? Most everyone knows cabbage as the main ingredient in coleslaw. However, some colorful cabbages and kales are grown just for decoration. Often called ornamental kale or flowering kale, these are great to add a pop of fall color to the landscape.  Grow Ornamental Kale And Cabbage For …

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When asked to name a word that starts with the letter X, many of us will think first of xylophone or X-ray. If asked to name a flower that starts with X, we’ll probably just scratch our heads. But such plants do exist! Keep reading to learn about some of the extraordinary flowers that start with X. …

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