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Simple design steps can take your garden to the next level


Last updated 7/2/2020 at 5:29pm

In this July 1, 2019, file photo, a monarch butterfly lands on a penta plant in the front yard of Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts in Miami Shores, Florida. Homeowners can attract butterflies to their gardens with a multitude of plants that include fennel, dill and milkweed. AP photo/Wilfredo Lee, file photo

John Raby

The Associated Press

The flower beds are finished, the vegetables are growing, and yet something could be missing from the backyard landscape: That "wow" factor.

Adding a personal touch to the lawn and garden doesn't have to be complicated or break the family budget. Homeowners can transform an ordinary looking landscape with some imagination, design and perhaps the help of a local agriculture extension service, landscape professional or private nursery.

"A garden is really never finished," Jonathan M. Lehrer, chairman of the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design at Farm...

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