Category: Flowers

Top 10 Easy Care Plants for Shady Gardens

Top 10 Easy Care Plants for Shady Gardens

Do you suffer from sunny garden envy? When I lived in my first house, my tiny yard was shaded by a large Norway maple that made it impossible to grow the flamboyant, brightly-colored perennials of my dreams, but I learned to love my tranquil retreat once I discovered just the right plants for a shady […]

July 22, 2014 | By | More
10 Easy Care Perennials for a Sunny Garden

10 Easy Care Perennials for a Sunny Garden

I remember buying plants for my very first perennial border and being completely overwhelmed by all the choices available. Everything in the garden center was vying for my attention. I made the mistake of  buying plants based on looks alone, barely even reading the plant tags! Months later, some of the more exotic plants didn’t […]

June 24, 2014 | By | More
Secrets of Natural Weed Control

Secrets of Natural Weed Control

Summer is here and, after all the gentle rain of spring, I once again find myself struggling with how to control the weeds in my garden. There’s so much bad information and marketing out there, and it’s having a big impact on the environment. I will admit to falling prey to bad information and flashy […]

June 3, 2014 | By | More
Container Gardening Basics for Portable Patio Pizzazz

Container Gardening Basics for Portable Patio Pizzazz

Would you like an easy way to add bursts of color and texture to any part of your outdoor living space? Now, what if you could move them anywhere they’re needed in your yard or on your patio? You can do that and more once you know the basics of container gardening. Now that Mother’s […]

May 20, 2014 | By | More
How to Mulch: Need-to-Know Basics

How to Mulch: Need-to-Know Basics

Every year in late winter, Mr. President and I pull on our muddy boots and head outside to mulch most of our yard. Despite the back-breaking work, it’s a nice way to get a first dose of fresh air and sunshine after being cooped up all winter. The house we moved into last year sits […]

May 6, 2014 | By | More
Edible Flowers are Pretty and Tasty

Edible Flowers are Pretty and Tasty

After a long and annoyingly persistent winter, one of the things I’m looking most forward to is garden fresh food. Lettuce, spinach, radishes, arugula, and peas welcome the first days of warm weather, but what about a little color? A burst of unexpected flavor? Don’t overlook the edible flowers of spring. Before you start grazing […]

April 29, 2014 | By | More
How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

Attracting wildlife to my yard was one of the many reasons why I got into perennial gardening years ago. Besides adding color, animation, and life to the garden, hummingbirds, songbirds, buzzing bees, and butterflies provide a connection to nature that’s often lost if you live in a city or even the suburbs. Of all the wildlife […]

March 14, 2014 | By | More
Perennial Gardening:  A Rehab Story

Perennial Gardening: A Rehab Story

  They say good things come to those who wait, but I think good things come to those who grab a shovel and work up a sweat. This is my personal gardening philosophy, and I’ve lived by it ever since I discovered the joy of building a beautiful yard. It’s true that gardening can teach patience […]

August 22, 2013 | By | More
How to control Japanese beetles naturally

How to control Japanese beetles naturally

Every year, I learn a thing or two (or a dozen!) about garden pests that can wreak havoc on my prized perennials. And believe me, there are many! My first year with a garden, I noticed that the leaves on my hosta were starting to look like Swiss cheese. I actually didn’t notice it until it was really bad. […]

June 7, 2013 | By | More
Dividing Perennials:  Boost Your Garden ROI

Dividing Perennials: Boost Your Garden ROI

There are lots of expensive hobbies out there, like learning to fly a Cessna or extreme ice climbing.  I never thought of gardening as an expensive hobby until I started my own perennial garden several years ago.  It’s pretty easy to spend a few hundred bucks at a time when you’re glassy-eyed and infatuated with new […]

May 31, 2013 | By | More