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The purple blossoms of Midwest-hardy lavender varieties perfume landscapes, homes and cooking.
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Here are some new varieties and cutting tips for these ever-popular beauties, which like cool, moist, well-drained soil and morning sun.
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Just as they do indoors, mirrors enhance outdoor spaces by increasing the sense of space, reflecting light and drawing eyes toward focal points.
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Sure, a garden gate marks the entrance to your property but it also signals what's beyond. Set the tone with one that reflects your style.
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Try Mason jars, floating candles, salvaged materials and more for stylish outdoor lighting.
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Add life to your yard by installing a birdbath. You'll be rewarded with fluttering, splashing and birdsong—and a piece of garden art you can use in creative ways.
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A window box adds living personality to your home. Sun or shade, there is a combo that will suit your setting and style.
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Add color to your landscape with easy-to-make stepping-stones you decorate with mosaics. Use the same technique for other mosaic garden projects.
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A Wisconsin gardener mingles artful pieces with colorful blooms to create a magical yard full of inspiration.
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This Kansas City yard hosts a summerlong party, thanks to friendly patios, entertaining dining areas and plenty of amenities for relaxing in the garden.

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