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Recent Diy Landscape Design Articles


Arum, Carex and Hydrangea in November. Photo by Erica Glasener.

Sun Versus Shade: Know Before You Plant

Posted by Erica Glasener | Mar 04, 2012

When it comes to gardening successfully, selecting the right plant for the right place is key. To determine what the right place in your landscape is for your plants, you need to familiarize...


A garden trellis at Dumbarton Oaks. Photo by Erica Glasener.

DIY Landscape Design: Choosing Garden Structures

Posted by Erica Glasener | Feb 16, 2012

One of my favorite public gardens is Dumbarton Oaks, in Georgetown, a neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Even though I’m a plant lover, (so many plants, so little time) it’s the...


My own big and beautiful Italian flat leaf parsley. -- Erica

7 Giant Herbs You Can Grow at Home

Posted by Erica Glasener | Jan 12, 2012

I admit it, I live to eat. I also enjoy cooking and having fresh herbs to use for soups, stews and salads. With this in mind I grow herbs in pots and in the ground. As far as I’m...


This is the mess that the previous owner left us.

REAL HOME SAGA: Amy's Lawn

Posted by | Jan 10, 2012

Every home comes with a few unsavory features that buyers have to overlook, knowing they probably made the home more affordable and, at the very least, will make for a good story someday....


Stewartia pseudocamelia bark in March. Photo by Erica Glasener.

18 Trees with Beautiful Bark

Posted by Erica Glasener | Dec 29, 2011

I look forward to every season in the garden and to the unique charms and qualities that each has to offer. In winter, a blue sky day is the ideal time to appreciate trees, both native...


A really sweet backyard ice rink. Photo: sciman111/Flickr Creative Commons

Building a Backyard Ice Skating Rink

Posted by Philip Schmidt | Dec 23, 2011

Back in the days before lawsuits were fashionable, municipalities in cold-winter climates used to flood parks and ball fields to create outdoor ice rinks for the local kids. What could...


Essex stakes from gardeners.com

Garden Ornaments that Help Plants to Grow

Posted by Erica Glasener | Dec 23, 2011

When it comes to decorating your garden, there are unlimited possibilities, from elegant statues to whimsical whirly gigs. And, when it comes to ornaments that are not only decorative...


Is this too much? Photo: Morguefile.com

Etiquette: How much holiday lighting is too much?

Posted by Linda Merrill | Dec 11, 2011

Once upon a time, a single candle was placed in a window to signify the anticipated return of a loved one to the warmth and security of hearth and home. During the season of Advent,...