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Four shade-friendly plants that thrive in Los Angeles and that add color and texture to the garden.
Gartenkultur of Italy transforms books into witty and whimsical planters, using hardback and paperback volumes to create an array of unusual planters.
Among the valleys and foothills in Israel's Negev desert is a plant that can water itself, in a manner of speaking. The desert rhubarb (Rheum palaestinum) is the only known desert-dwelling species to have evolved a self-irrigating mechanism.  
Recent discoveries show that plant roots do much more than carry food and water upward; our notes from the underground talk about the latest discoveries in root science and discoveries. Or as Michele Owens writes "plant roots are arguably the Huffington Posts of the [plant] realm—aggregating the players, reacting to the news, and shaping the conversation to benefit themselves."
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Reuse your plastic bottle caps as planters—yep, it's the crazy plant trend of the day.
Summer bulbs, which go in when the soil warms in spring, can be the easiest and most satisfying way to give your garden a hit of exotic color and fragrance during the hottest months of the year. Now is the time for gardeners in most parts of the country to make plans for and order summer bulbs, in order to get them in the dirt in April or May.
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A slide show of the plants, garden, and architecture of a classic Beverly Hills home.
Witch hazel, which blooms in the middle of winter, is a natural remedy for the wintertime blues. With flowers that resemble delicate bits of yellow, copper, or red ribbon, witch hazel is not only a burst of color, but can also produce a delicious and powerful fragrance in the icy air. Plus: We list six of our favorite witch hazel varieties.
Loaded with color and personality, this courtyard garden from Garden Design reader Christina Salwitz provides privacy while still letting light in, and features a flow of crushed granite to give a bright Hawaiian beach feel even on a dreary day.
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