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On Gardening: Agastache is an underexposed winner for many gardeners

The agastache comes with a lot of common names like anise hyssop, giant hyssop and hummingbird mint, but, I assure you, "outstanding," will be one of your adjectives if you grow it. About a year ago I wrote about Black Adder which was and still is dazzling in our garden. It became the perfect backdrop in our daylily garden, helping show off all other colors.

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Home Fix: How to regrade a yard

Q: My home has a crawl space that continues to flood with every rain. Water pools in my driveway and in several areas of my yard. I had a contractor tell me the home is too low in the ground and suggested I regrade the yard. Over the years my neighbors have added soils and raised their driveways to keep water out of their crawl spaces. Do you have any suggestions?

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Plumber: Looking for a creative kitchen addition

Q: Dear Ed, I plan on replacing my kitchen countertops and sink. Since it will not be a full kitchen remodel, I can spend a little extra money on fancy materials. I have heard of "artist edition" kitchen sinks and would like more information on that topic. Can you please tell me your views on artist edition-style kitchen sinks?

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Planting souvenir seeds

I got into heirloom plants because of the wide variety of yummy tomatoes available, and now I'm hooked - and not just on tomatoes. Heirloom plants and seeds used to be hard to find, but now the catalogs are awash with options, and many local garden centers and farmers market growers are offering a wider variety. (I think it probably counts as ironic that so many heirloom seedlings are marked NEW in catalogs, just like the latest, greatest hybrids.)

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Style at Home: How to make a sensational summer coffee table display

As the seasons change, I can't wait to refresh the look of the displays on my coffee table. Through the years, my coffee table bliss has changed. Years ago, when Kelly was really young, I put so much stuff on the coffee table in our study that Kelly and Dan complained they couldn't see the TV over it. Every night, they took everything off the coffee table. In the morning, I'd see my carefully constructed tableau on the floor, and I would load it all back up. We went on like this for years!

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Yardsmart: 5 tips on how to get your spring garden up and growing quickly

Everyone who gardens feels the primal desire to create new life in spring. This drive can be so strong it pushes us to jump the gun and plant too early. I did this one year and discovered what happens when you try and bend nature to your schedule rather than adapt to hers. Despite sunny warm days that early spring, my seed rotted in the cold ground, and seedlings just sat there until bugs ate them down to nubs.

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On Gardening: Elephant ears leave a large footprint in tropical landscape

No matter where you go this summer the tropical look will be hot, and one of the key ingredients for this Caribbean style garden is the elephant ear, the drama queen of the landscape. With leaves that defy logic for their size and proportion vs. other plants it's not hard to see why this plant is so loved by Southern gardeners. It is not uncommon to see 6-foot tall plants with 3-foot leaves on petioles reaching 4-feet.

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At High Point furniture show, it's all about the base

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Meghan Trainor may not have been singing about furniture, but her hit "All About That Bass" turned out to be prescient at the recent spring High Point Market. Across the 11.5 million square feet of home furnishings showroom space in 180 buildings, it was evident bottoms are tops.


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