A Gallery of Garden Shed Ideas

Add storage to your garden with personalized style. Our gallery of garden shed ideas shows you how.

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Gardening Tips for Renters

Want to bring more green to your house or apartment? Using a few easy, inexpensive techniques, <a href="http://www.thehorticult.com/">The Horticult</a> shows how you can garden like you own the place -- without risking your security deposit. You don't have to own your home to create a garden that reflects your personal style. Grow your favorite plants and create an inspired landscape -- or patio, interior, or balcony -- using these fun, low-commitment methods. (Although you might want to check with your landlord about the larger projects!) And if you move, you can take it all with you. These 10 tips for renters will give your garden a new lease on life.

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Editors' Picks: Top Rabbit-Resistant Plants

We've pulled together a gallery of some of our favorite plants that rabbits avoid in our gardens.

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Summer Garden Maintenance Checklist

Summer is a gardener¿s busiest season. If you¿re short on time or not sure what to do, follow this easy summer gardening checklist to keep your lawn and garden in great shape all season long.

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Throw a Garden Party

Greet the season with friends, flowers, and ice cream floats! Featuring pretty paper blooms and a blushing peach punch, this lovely garden gathering will have you celebrating summer in style.

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Add Interest to Your Yard with a Pergola

Create a landscape that looks good all year long with these creative ideas for incorporating a pergola into your yard.

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Make a Succulent Wreath

Succulent wreaths made from succulent plants require little water and are a great way to decorate your outdoor spaces.

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Fall Garden Design Lessons

Your landscape can still look great -- even after a few frosts. This New York garden shows you how.


    Everything in this slideshow

    • Create Color and Texture Combinations

      Canna 'Tropicanna Gold', Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion', Zinnia 'Orange Profusion', Cotinus 'Grace', and Larix kaempferi 'Nana' push the spectrum with interesting texture and explosions of autumn color.

    • Formula for Fall Fireworks

      Orchestrating a garden that pops in autumn but looks swell for the rest of the growing season can be a challenge. Annuals are critical to the secret formula -- look for them in early spring at local nurseries. Search for new varieties as well as old faithfuls, such as Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’, Zinnia ‘Profusion Orange’, Verbena bonariensis, Browallia speciosa ‘Silver Bells’, and Canna ‘Tropicanna Gold’.

    • Boost Fall Foliage

      Find plants that boast lush color in the fall season, such as Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’.

    • Create Curvature

      Rather than cutting a straight line, try undulating your borders. Here, annuals include multiples of Zinnia ‘Orange Profusion’, Cleome ‘Senorita Blanca’ and ‘Purple Queen’, Verbena bonariensis, and Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ clustered around a Thuja ‘DeGroot Spire’.

    • Create Color Contrast

      Foliage can lend interesting tones as well. Dahlia ‘Mystic Dreamer’, shown here, isn’t just about the fetching flowers -- the bronze foliage enters into the conversation, coupled with the clean white flowers of Browallia speciosa ‘Silver Bells’.

    • Mix It Up

      Between Nicotiana 'Tinkerbelle' (in the foreground) and Crambe maritima are waves of Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion', Salvia uliginosa, Eupatorium capillifolium, and Cuphea 'David Verity'.

    • Work with the Light

      Autumn light can be stunning -- so take advantage of its golden glow to create garden art. The cascading cutleaf Japanese maple shown here, for example, glows in the late-season sun. Because the tree matures at 10 feet tall, it won't overpower the vinca groundcover or dwarf evergreens growing nearby.

    • Focus on Texture

      Make your garden more impactful by creating contrasts in texture. One easy way to do this is to stick to a limited color palette and choose plants with different kinds of leaves. For example, 'Mellow Yellow' spiraea offers fine-texture foliage set off beautifully by similarly colored zebragrass.

    • Use the Views

      Look for spaces in your garden to create a commanding view. For example, create a narrow swath of lawn that leads to a bench and birdbath. Surround the grass with a circus of color with plants such as Chinese chestnut, flowering dogwood, summersweet, and deciduous azaleas.

      Test Garden Tip: In this garden, the path curves out of sight, enticing curious visitors deeper into the landscape.

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      Keep It Simple

      Evergreens, such as the Japanese red pine shown here, are stars all year long. This pine features stunning sculptural branching structure and reddish bark. Low plantings of thyme, pinks, oregano, ajuga, and juniper complement the tree without drawing attention away from it. Hardy yellow chrysanthemums dot the landscape, adding pizzazz.

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      Mix Shrubs with Perennials

      Shrubs lend structure and year-round interest to a perennial border. Incorporate them among your perennials and use them to play off one another. For example, purple leaves of 'Diablo' ninebark are a darker version of the flower heads on 'Matrona' sedum. Dwarf Alberta spruce backs long-blooming 'Fireworks' goldenrod.

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      Add Form to Function

      Take advantage of beautiful autumn days by giving yourself spots to sit outdoors and enjoy the weather. And be sure to dress them up with plants that put on fall finery. This bench, for example, supports hardy kiwi vines, which provide shade for anyone resting a spell. It also screens the view behind the bench.

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      Rake Up Savings

      Fall is a great time to scoop up bargains, especially on large plants that would take up too much space at nurseries. Be on the lookout for big, bold plants at clearance-sale prices. This variegated miscanthus, for instance, was acquired as a late-season deal.

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      Play Off Water

      Autumn hues are lovely by themselves but look especially good when reflected in water. Site a favorite Japanese maple (such as 'Beni Kawa', shown here), dogwood, or another reliable variety for a fall show near your water garden.

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      Highlight Your Harvest

      Gourds, pumpkins, osage orange fruits, dried hydrangeas, and mums turn a drab setting into a stunning feature. Arrange the bounty into a colorful combination. Add other items, such as cornstalks, wicker baskets, or even old garden implements.

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      Work with What You Have

      This stone wall -- nearly obscured by an 'Annabelle' hydrangea -- provides a practical use for all the rocks found on the property. Rusty orange foliage of serviceberry and bald cypress provide a brilliant fall backdrop. The wall takes the stage in winter as it adds structure to the landscape.

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      Contrast Colors

      It only takes two plants to make a big impact. Yellow-green and reddish-purple are perfect mates because they're opposite each other on the color wheel. Bring the combination to life with golden variegated Japanese forestgrass and 'Fens Ruby' spurge.

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      Repeat Elements

      Common elements keep a collection of plants from looking random. Here, variegated lemon thyme echoes the color of maidengrass, while blue oatgrass matches hues with lavender.

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      In many parts of the country, water resources are becoming scarcer. That's why it's a good idea to landscape your home using waterwise techniques. Called xeriscaping, this process will help you have a less thirsty backyard. Here's how to do it.
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