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Best groundcovers for the Midwest
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Keep weeds at bay and boost your garden’s appeal with these easy-to-grow groundcovers for the Midwest.
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Here’s how to create a simple pond in a pot so you can enjoy water lilies on a sunny deck or patio.
Street-Sign Window Box
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Pair a vintage street sign with a salvaged container for a window box brimming with charm. Follow our step-by-step instructions for this DIY project.
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These creative chalkboard plant markers make the perfect gift for your gardening friends, and they’re super easy to make!
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Create a nontraditional bouquet from the bounty of your garden.
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A colorful cottage garden in a big container will thrive throughout the summer.
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These reader-favorite container gardens, Midwest plant picks and yard designs will inspire your gardening plans.
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Spotlight the variety in your garden by creating a stunning fresh-cut bouquet in minutes.
Desert dish garden
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See how to make a desert dish garden that'll thrive in your home all year long.
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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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