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Garden Bones

Just the other day I remarked to a colleague about his garden and how we designed gardens with the “bones” in mind. Garden bones of course, are not the bones of any animal, but the strong plants that hold the garden together through all seasons, when perennials have faded
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6 Great Shrubs for Autumn Color

Fall is almost here and I am chomping at the bit to put in our autumn arrangements. My wife has been decorating for fall in the house and I will be adding all sorts of goodies to the porch and yard. Flags to go up, mums brought in, and pumpkins galore. In these last few weeks of summe
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Watch Out for Japanese Beetles!

They have arrived!? Like a horror scene from an 80’s alien feature, the Japanese Beetle has descended upon my landscape. I hoped it would never happen, but living off a highway with frequent traffic between croplands and the industries of Kansas City has increased my likelihood
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5 Shrubs for Shade

  My shade garden keeps developing, year to year. Since we bought our house in the woods, my wife and I have relished those large shade trees-but they make life interesting for a landscape designer. I have begun trialing plants in my garden to make recommendations for what we sel
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