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7 Secrets to Creating a Country Cottage Garden

Hometalk | Posted 07.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

A country cottage style garden can transport you to a place of beauty and tranquility, no matter where you actually live. They look natural, not overly manicured and trimmed.

The Untapped Savings in California's Water Supply

Steve Fleischli | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Steve Fleischli

California is facing a historic drought. But a new report from NRDC and the Pacific Institute highlights a lot of ways we can help protect ourselves from water shortages while using water more wisely.

Is Your Garden Good for Hawaii?

Jason Rushin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Rushin

Helping people discover which plants are better versus not-so-good is one of the goals behind Ulu, a new sustainable garden project, located at the back of Manoa valley amidst a tropical rainforest and screaming cockatiels.

Green Homes Go Mainstream

VisualNews.com | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
VisualNews.com

In light of rising produce prices and food-safety scares, most homeowners noted they're ready to trade in their lawns and ornamental outdoor installations for fruit and vegetable gardens, reducing water and resource consumption.

How to Tune Up and Maintain a Lawn Mower

Angie Hicks | Posted 08.03.2013 | HuffPost Home
Angie Hicks

Many homeowners strive for the perfect, emerald-green lawn, which often means that their lawn mower suffers considerable use and abuse. And without regular, preventive maintenance, there's a good chance an overworked lawn mower will sputter out just when you need it most.

The Edible Bus Stop: Guerrilla Gardeners Transform Neglected Corners of London

Tom Moran | Posted 07.23.2013 | Travel
Tom Moran

Have you ever considered combining a trip to a major world capital with a spot of guerrilla gardening? If so, The Edible Bus Stop project, launched last week in London, could be the ideal opportunity.

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

Dan Kiley: A great yet little known Modernist

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 04.12.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

In his later years, you could find Dan Kiley with his wild hair and pants hiked up to his waist always brimming with opinions and ideas - or as the ce...

How To Deal With Annuals In This Heat

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Annuals in Heat: Q: It's been pretty warm on my patio lately, and I've noticed some of my plants have lost their oomph, I'm seeing a little more gree...

Meet The 'Perfect House Plant'

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Ok, so the name of the Nong Nooch vine is a little bit of a tongue twister. This tropical vine is a rare one to find at your local nursery but if you ...

How Much Water Do Plants Need?

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Q: I know my plants need water, but how do I know how much they need? A: Each plant has different needs but, most importantly everything wants to hav...

The Tree With The Prettiest Flowers You'll Ever See

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

When you're talking about bringing color into your home with plants, the options can sometimes be slim. Blooms can be small and on the feeble side an...

"Is My Tree [Plant] Supposed To Look Like This?"

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Q: I bought a fiddle leaf fig ficus tree and my friends keep giving me "help" and "good advice" concerning them. It all seems a little contradictory c...

Read This Before Planting Hydrangeas

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Many of us have childhood memories of huge hydrangeas lining the neighborhood. When you're young their giant mop head blooms seem almost Alice-In-Wond...

Turn Your Garden Into A 'Hot' Spot

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

I was with a client the other day and when I asked her what she wanted her garden to 'say' she responded "I want to feel warm when I am in this space ...

Is This The Most Beautiful Flower Of All Time?

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Growing up, my grandmother's backyard was full of peonies. And, visiting her in the spring and early summer the first thing I wanted to do was pick th...

Is This The Most Popular Tree?

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Many people have been coming in to Sprout over the last couple weeks with a flower in their hand and an important question -- what is the name of the ...

Read This Before You Plant Herbs

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Q: I am too anxious to wait to plant herbs outside on my roof deck and want to start some inside in anticipation. Maybe putting some on my window ledg...

The Most Elegant Flower For A Party

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

The shrimp plant, Justicia brandegeeana, makes me think of an early evening summer cocktail party with an exotic guest list and finger foods (yes, inc...

How To Brighten Up Your Backyard

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

To make a fabulous presentation in your backyard or deck you don't have to spend big bucks on designer plants. What's old is new again and anything vi...

Meet The 'Desert Rose'

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Here is a houseplant that boasts both form and flower. What more could you want? Adenium is a broad genus of plants that are native to an East to West...

Does Your Plant Really Need Fertilizer?

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Q: My houseplant seems to be unhappy as of late and I have gone through every step to make sure that I am following all of its light and water require...

Prepping Your Planting Seeds

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Everyone is getting a little restless for spring and judging by the weather it is not going to take that much longer -- spring is right around the cor...

The Most Unusual Way To Catch Bugs

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Flickr photo by brianwc Nepenthes (or pitcher plant) is a genus of carnivorous, mostly vining, tropical plants native to South East Asia, India, Ma...

Take A Look At The 'Alien Disco Plant'

Tara Heibel | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Tara Heibel

Syngonanthus chrysanthus 'Mikado', or as we have dubbed it at the shop 'Disco Alien Plant', always seems to fascinate everyone when they discover it. ...