Category Archives: Garden Design

5 night-blooming flowers to plant in your garden

Sitting outside on a beautiful summer afternoon is nice, but you don’t need the sun to enjoy your backyard. When the warm air cools off, the blazing sun goes down and the stars come out, …

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5 inspiring ways to use landscape rock

From solving drainage issues to lending aesthetic appeal, landscape rocks serve many purposes in your outdoor design. Whether you’re looking for a landscape makeover or simply need to some texture and contrast, rocks and gravel …

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5 Simple Tasks to Make Your Yard Look Fab This Fall

Don’t put away your garden gloves just yet. Fall is officially here, and there’s still yard work to be done! Not only does lawn maintenance keep your yard looking tidy, but it also prevents diseases …

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A convenient coservation solution: The benefits of xeriscaping

Those of us who don’t live in drought-prone areas or desert regions might use water without giving it much thought. Water, however, is a precious resource these days, and taking small steps to conserve water …

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Xeriscaping garden ideas to conserve water and improve the look of your yard

You’ve designed beautiful lawns and gardens in the past, but xeriscaping is new territory, and it’s important to learn more about this landscaping method before getting to work. After all, even pro gardeners and landscapers …

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Enhance your home’s curb appeal with flowers

Enhance your home’s curb appeal with flowers – You’ve put time and thought into designing a welcoming entryway, but what about your front lawn? When guests visit, your house’s exterior and yard are what they’ll …

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Say thanks with these great Father’s Day gift ideas

From your fun and free childhood days to your rebellious high school phase, he’s been there for you through it all. Say thanks and show your appreciation this Father’s Day with a thoughtful gift. At …

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3 Ideas to Keep the Bunnies Off Your Plants

With options ranging from nutritious green beans to filling potatoes, planting a garden is a great way to stock your home with delicious and fresh food. But you aren’t the only one who will find …

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How Can a Landscaping Company Do Your Yard Good?

If your yard or property needs a refresher, Homestead Gardens award-winning Landscaping Division can help you with everything from generating design ideas to finding plant varieties that may not available in retail stores. Plus, once you …

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Warmly Welcome Visitors with a Beautiful Entrance Garden

 
The front entrance of the home or business makes an important first impression on visitors. If you’ve driven the streets of Davidsonville recently, you may have noticed the front of Killarney House, a …

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Most Popular Gardening Topics of 2013

 
It’s the year with 365 brand new days to fill! Bet you never thought of it that way before. You chose if you want the day half (or completely) full or half empty. …

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All the Bounty of Fall

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Fall didn’t simply roll in at homestead Gardens, but rushed in with all the clamor and fervor of a great tsunami spread through the …

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Trends from the Left Coast

Following the convention of looking to California as the maker of all trends, let’s review a few that I spotted on my recent trip to San Francisco, starting with parklets.
Above you see one …

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Resources and Inspiration for Miniature Gardens

Call them fairy gardens or more broadly, miniature gardens, but everyone agrees it’s a trend on the rise.  It combines the joy of gardening with the magic of miniatures and it’s not just for kids! 

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Gardens Seen on Tour

I go on garden tours for the inspiration, for the fun of noseying through private gardens, and for photos to share with everyone NOT on the tour.  They take hours, and not everyone can devote …

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House and Garden Tours in Anne Arundel and Baltimore

Ignore today’s snow, surely the last gasp of winter, because Garden Touring Season is almost here!  Nothing gets gardeners as inspired and excited about their own gardens as strolling in other people’s beautiful gardens, so …

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Thomas Rainer in Annapolis – Tomorrow Night!

The Annapolis Horticulture Society continues to amaze me with the quality of speakers they present for their members and the public, and tomorrow night’s talk is no exception.  Speaking with inspiring visuals will be …

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Got Something in your Garden to Paint?

Finally, some winter weather, my favorite time to dream up changes to my garden for next year.  I love poring over photos of plants in books, old magazines and the catalogs that started arriving in …

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Fall Color Comes in Many Forms

How to have a knock-out garden in the fall?  Let’s count the ways.
1.  Foliage colors – it’s not just trees that are strutting their stuff in the fall

2. Fading flowers can be …

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New-Garden Challenges Part 3: Screening

In reporting my progress in beginning a brand new garden, I’ve covered the challenge of having so much empty space to fill, the challenge of poor soil, and now we come to the …

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