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A Side Yard Makeover – plus a HUGE giveaway!

Side yard makeovers are some of the most popular posts on my blog, and for good reason. (you can see why here and here)!  First, though, for those who aren’t quite sure what a side yard is – they’re the long and narrow sections of your garden that flank one or both sides of your …

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Top 10 Deer Resistant Spring Superstars in the Garden

I love a good Top 10 list, don’t you?  Well, here’s one from me – my favorite Top 10 Deer Resistant Spring Superstars!    Limiting this post to only 10 of my favorite spring-blooming plants was certainly a challenge, especially considering they also needed to be deer resistant to survive the hungry hordes that visit …

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Euphorbia euphoria

Once the blistering heat of summer arrives (any day now!) my euphorbias will take center stage in the garden. Their heat-loving quality is just one of the many reasons why they’re a staple in my garden. They’re also extremely drought-tolerant, they’re awful tasting to gophers, deer & rabbits (thanks to their irritating sap), and they …

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Hidcote lavender deer resistant

Lavenders for all four seasons

Lavenders are one of my favorite low-water, low-maintenance perennials for my mild-climate, zone 9 garden.  After designing gardens for 20 years now, I’d have to say they’re in at least 90% of my gardens – and for good reason!   Many varieties of lavender are really long-lived and they thrive on neglect (the most common …

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Creating a rain garden

Creating a Rain Garden – another Before & After

Since we’re all house-bound, thanks to Covid19, I thought you might enjoy this before-and-after transformation of my ‘Rain Garden.’   Even though many plants are still deciduous, patiently waiting for warmer weather, there’s still plenty happening right now to talk about its late winter/early spring charms. Besides, if you’re like me, I love taking a peek …

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Rebecca SweetFormerly called ‘Gossip in the Garden’, this is the blog for Harmony in the Garden where I share all things garden-related. I’ve been designing gardens throughout California for over 20 years.  I have lots to say and lots to share!

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