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Container Gardens with Pizzazz
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Horticulturist Gail Estka considers containers an art form in her Illinois yard. See how she creates drama with tropical plants and trees as well as texture, foliage and color schemes.
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These Midwest-friendly cultivars, recommended by the West Michigan Dahlia Society, put on a stunning show from midsummer to first frost.
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Gail Estka designs more than 100 container gardens each year for her Chicago-area yard. Here she shares some of her favorites.
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Whether you’re looking for small ornamental trees or taller shade trees, here are 20 ideas for trouble-free trees that will thrive in the Midwest.
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A pair of self-taught gardeners followed their hearts rather than fixed principles to cultivate color, joy and happenstance in their inviting, cottage-style suburban Ohio yard.
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Trade dried pantry herbs for seasonings plucked straight from your yard. Easy-to-grow herbs such as thyme, basil and sage add zest to your garden and table.
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Plant these low-maintenance perennials and shrubs—including hostas, peonies, yarrow, daylilies, catmint and switchgrass—for a carefree Midwest garden.
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Plain terra-cotta garden containers gain weathered-over-time style with our 3 easy techniques.
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Create a water feature in your yard with our tips for plant choices and container styles.
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The purple blossoms of Midwest-hardy lavender varieties perfume landscapes, homes and cooking.

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