An ecologist at Cornell doubts the practical value of the milkweed trend. But there are other reasons to keep planting it, he says.

In his new book, “Monarchs and Milkweed,” Anurag Agrawal argues that the lack of milkweed doesn’t seem to be the critical problem for the butterfly. (Anurag Agrawal)

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The problem often gets worse when it’s hot and humid.

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Clear the weed patch, and the mind.

A bland pass-through space needs a focal point — and some comfortable seating.

An ecologist at Cornell doubts the practical value of the milkweed trend. But there are other reasons to keep planting it, he says.

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It’s a common problem for couples who move in together.

For many landscape designers and homeowners, a garden isn’t complete without the right art. But how do you find the right spot for a piece of outdoor art and choose the plants to complement it?

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Creative new shapes and technology mean that home lighting fixtures often do far more than provide illumination. They can be exciting and sculptural works of art.

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Last call for fertilizer!

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Studies show being in nature can improve impulse control and immunity, among other positive effects.

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First you need to know what it’s worth.

If you’re seeing streaks, it might be residue from a previous cleaner.

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Inflatables sent more than 80,000 people to the ER between 2008 and 2013.

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The many ways gardeners can liquidize their assets.

It may not be easy being green (sorry, Kermit), but it is easy to use the color in home design.

Why the humble sedge grass is becoming the go-to ground cover.

So the garden you planted or enjoy each day is flowering. Birds and animals are busy in your yard or neighborhood. And you’d love to capture all this natural beauty in photos.

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Bamboo is getting attention these days as a versatile and sustainable material for housewares, so the timing is good for a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit that explores Japan’s ancient craft of basketry.

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