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For gorgeous blooms in the summer heat, you can’t beat lantanas

To see lantana in all its glory, visit Palm Springs on an average 110-degree summer’s day. Mounds of them in public landscaping are still intense when the mercury nudges 120. This tells you that no matter how hot it is where you live, lantana can take it and keeps on blooming. In fact, it does even better in blast furnace conditions.

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Plumber: Mirror, mirror on the bathroom wall

Q: Dear Ed: I plan to do a bathroom upgrade, not a full remodel job. Presently, I don't have a medicine cabinet and just want to replace the old mirror with a new trendy mirror. Since you're usually up to date on bathroom technology, can you please make some modern mirror suggestions for my bathroom?

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Style at Home: An Independence Day to remember

Sometimes it's not us who achieve our life dreams, it's our descendants. In my case, it was my granddaughter Maeve, and the dream was to win the Fourth of July pageant. Growing up in a small town in Kansas in the 1960s, the holiday was a huge deal. One year, our swimming pool had an Independence Day swimsuit contest. I was about 5 years old, and set my sights on winning that pageant.

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Ask Angie's List: Do I need a real estate agent?

Buying or selling a home can be a daunting task. But doing so without a real estate agent can be even more so. After all, the job of a real estate agent is to cover the many details involved to ensure you're getting the best possible outcome in your new home purchase or home sale.

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Budgeting for three common remodeling projects

It's easy to imagine the end result of a remodeling project – an updated spa bathroom, an open-concept kitchen with new cabinets and countertops or a basement converted into a convenient guest apartment. But it's harder to imagine just what these renovations will cost – and even more so, how far your own budget will take you. Here's a look at what you can achieve with modest, average and luxury budgets for three common remodeling projects, according to data from HomeAdvisor's True Cost Guide.

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Shopping tips for firepits

A firepit is more than just a place to roast marshmallows. Choose carefully and it can be a sculptural feature in the yard even when it is not in use, as well as an open invitation to family and friends.

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No need to get all bent over sculpture rust

Q: A Haitian wrought-iron sculpture has been hanging on our back porch for a few years and suffered consequences of the weather. Once black, it is covered with rust. The sharp edges make us wary of cleaning it ourselves. Is there a service that would restore it to its former rustic charm?

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Yardsmart: How to maintain privacy in your backyard through planting

You can't sunbathe nude when neighbors look down onto your patio or backyard. They can watch every move you make, and you don't want to see them either. Your neighbor's rotting camper or junk cars may not suit your garden style. The knee-jerk solution is to plant a closely spaced row of Italian cypress or other cigar-shaped evergreens. It may be a wasted effort because they are slow growers, unlikely to fulfill their purpose before the end of our lives.

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Design Recipes: 10 design hacks for using mirrors

A frequently used secret weapon of interior designers and home stagers, mirrors can help to trick the eye in a way that can be aesthetically pleasing to overall improve a room. Small spaces can especially be helped through the creative placement of mirrors. Looking for ways to make the most of mirrors in your home? Here are some timeless tips.

Check out the views from the Kings condo tower

Rex Bennett, an original Kings season ticket holder, moved two weeks ago into of one of the condos at the Sawyer hotel and condominium tower in Sacramento, built by the Kings next to Golden 1 Center. He shows off its views on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.