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On Gardening: EverColor sedges equal ever-beautiful grassy texture

The EverColor series of sedges is growing and all are proving to be ideal component plants in mixed containers. They are so dynamic they have the ability to be standalone or monoculture plants in tall European urns, olive jars or modern containers like I have at my house. In the landscape, however, they offer not only color by that fine leaf texture that stands out in great contrast with shrubs, perennials or annuals.

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How to renovate an older home without compromising its charm

There's a lot of talk these days about the many ways to bring historic homes into the modern era. But if you've purchased an older home – or watched enough of the TV shows featuring their renovations – you know that the original features can lend the most charm. Here are some things to consider as you work to maintain the integrity of a vintage home through updates, upgrades and renovations.

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Ask Angie’s List: What are some good home projects to tackle right now?

With the holidays behind us and the coldest months settling in, you might not be thinking too much about getting professional work done in your home. But whether it's hiring a handyman to finish a to-do list or putting pen to paper for a big remodel, you can still complete some useful projects. And since winter is a slow period for many professionals, you might even be able to negotiate a better rate and get on the schedule quickly.

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Design Recipes: Secrets for small rooms

While some rooms are spacious and generous, others may be smaller and more challenging. Many apartment dwellers and homeowners have the overwhelming desire to make every space count. So what to do in the case of small rooms and spaces? Here are some key tips to keep in mind.

Giant Pacific octopus is playful, feisty and smart

Fiona, a giant Pacific octopus, lives at Sea Life Aquarium at Concord (N.C.) Mills Mall. She likes to solve puzzles, paint and interact with her handlers.