Hanging Baskets : 5 Secrets the Pros Use

If you've ever taken a vacation in a Disney park, or visited a summer resort, or walked down main street of the most charming small towns in America... you've probably been awed by some pretty amazing hanging basket planters. And let's face it - you tried to reproduce said baskets, and failed miserably, right? We. Have. Been There. But then we learned these 5 success secrets for hanging baskets … [Read more...]

How to Grow English Roses

English roses are perhaps the perfect compliment to any garden, but to a garden with cottage style most of all. By many gardeners' accounts the "perfect" rose, these roses were bred by Englishman David Austin (they are also called David Austin Roses) to combine the positive re-blooming attribute of the modern tea rose with the vigor, form and intense fragrance of the old world roses. And did he … [Read more...]

Amazing Alliums

Alliums are one of the best and easiest bulbs to grow in the gardening world, but often overlooked. Gorgeous, show stopping blooms, easy growing requirements, and amazing architectural shape make these perfect for any gardener, beginner or seasoned veteran. The large round or oval flowers are borne on single stalks that tower over the garden from 1-4 feet, usually in mid spring to early summer, … [Read more...]

5 Things We Love About Spring

Ok, first off, a disclaimer. This is not a DIY post, and if you are a fair weather gardener, maybe you will pass by this post and onto other projects. Fair enough. For those of you who consider yourself gardeners, in a nature loving, plant collecting, soulful kinda way...you might stick around long enough to get to the end. Or not. Spring stirs the gardener in me, and makes me feel something I … [Read more...]

Easy to Grow : Delightful Daylilies

There aren't very many plants that I will call fool proof, but the daylily comes pretty close. Tolerant of drought, tough soils, even partial shade, these beauties' blooms last only one day. The good news is that there are always more buds to follow the ones that fade! A lot of gardeners gave up on daylilies the last few years because their characteristic yellow blooms and strappy leaves just … [Read more...]

How to Grow a Wildflower Garden

Most of us who garden have at one time or another dreamed of the charm and whimsy of a wildflower garden. Come on, admit it... you too have longed for a garden that seems to be one with Mother Nature, and sings the virtue floral fantasies that appears to have no maintenance needs whatsoever. On board so far? Whether you just wanted to scatter seeds along a back fence, or plant an entire pasture … [Read more...]

Lily Love : How to Grow Lilies

If you love weddings, picnics, small cherub faced children and older couples holding hands, chance are you love lilies. They are at once elegant, romantic and timeless, yet also can be fun and spicy in the garden as well as the vase. They are a photographers dream, a florists best bet, and a loving spouses sweet gift. They can perfume a room, or stop you in your tracks with the beauty of just one, … [Read more...]

Fantastic Flower Beds!

We love good garden inspiration. And we love flowers. Put 'em together, and you have fantastic flower beds, ready to make you run to the nursery or pull out those catalogs! So salivate over these photos, take some tips from design pros, and start designing that next flower bed. In this flower garden above,  from 'HGTV', you can see that while the plants themselves seem a cottage garden jumble, … [Read more...]

Early Spring Bloomers!

At the end of winter, we can all start to feel little flower deprived... I know I love driving by a well designed garden that has those first, early spring blooms. (Yes, I am admitting mine has none. Shhh.) Not only can those first blooms brighten your day after all the gloom of winter, they can jump start the gardening bug! Now everyone knows about the typical annuals you can buy at any grocery … [Read more...]

How to Grow Orchids

I never thought I could grow an orchid, let alone more than one. Their reputation for being finicky scared me off... after all, who wants to spend money on a plant that practically assures you it will not survive! Then one day I was at the store, and saw some inexpensive, beautiful flowering orchid plants for less than $10, and decided for that price, they would make a gorgeous home accent for … [Read more...]

How to Grow Dahlias

If your garden looks tired at the end of the season, but your neighbors' is full of color and texture, chances are they may be growing dahlias. Dahlias bloom from mid summer until frost, and come in small bedding sizes to large 3 foot plants with dinner plate size blooms. They are easy to grow with a few basic guidelines and tips, and will bloom when few other things in the garden will. Did I … [Read more...]

Fix for Fall : Easy Annuals to Wake Up your Garden

As summer reaches it's peak, now is the time to start thinking about fixing up the garden at the end of the season. The fact is, most gardens look a bit tired by the time September rolls around. If you plan ahead, you can be prepared with one of these top annual flowers for fall, and brighten up your garden space. There is still a lot of growing season left after the kids go back to school, so … [Read more...]

TGG’s Fav Fragrant Flowers

Fragrant plants are really important in the garden, because they appeal to more than one of our senses. Studies show that the sense of smell can be one of the most important in our life memories. Can you smell a turkey roasting and not think of happy holidays gone by? Or sweet vanilla and perhaps you think of learning to bake cookies as a child? Garden fragrance can be just as powerful. I know … [Read more...]

Growing Hydrangeas

We've all loved 'em... the ever dreamed about, garden hydrangea. So popular, they are the number one wedding flower after roses. So beloved, few people have no memories of a hydrangea moment...yes, especially us girls... They are romantic, and amazing. Sigh.... The good news is, there is a hydrangea to fit most gardens in most areas of the country. Shade or sun, acid soil or alkaline. Yes, they … [Read more...]

Perfect Peonies

I think I hear over and over, that Peonies are one of the most favorited flowers around. What's not to love? Perfect colors, a romantic cupped shape, some are even fragrant! They are not that difficult to grow, but they do have some requirements that make them a little more high maintenance than, say, petunias. But they are worth it. Amazing in the garden, and as cut flowers, here's how to grow … [Read more...]

Shade Loving Plants That Bloom All Summer

When the garden catalogs come out and the nurseries start stocking plants, gardeners start thinking about how to get the most bloom for their buck. That can be a really tough job when you have a shaded garden that needs some color. You don't have to have an all foliage garden just because your garden is shaded, and you don't have to settle for just a few weeks of bloom. Here are our top picks for … [Read more...]

Best Plants to Start from Seed

Seed catalogs are out, (check our post on our seed catalog recommendations) and soon dedicated gardeners will be choosing what plants to grow this year from seed. We have some choices that make the experience a lot easier, with less frustration than you may have experienced if you have tried to grow plants from seed before. Choosing plants to grow from seed can be hit and miss, especially for the … [Read more...]

Bulb Crazy: Plan A Spring Bulb Garden Now

We all do it every spring...we lust after those gorgeous bulb gardens, full of bright colors after a long gray winter... And every year we say, “Next spring I'm going to have a garden like that!” Well this is your year, because not only is TGG going to give you an easy to understand primer on which bulbs to choose, we are going to show you exactly how to choose, buy and design with them this fall … [Read more...]

Make Your Garden a Hummingbird Haven

If you love hummingbirds and would like to see more in your garden, there are a of couple easy steps to attract them and convince them to stick around. Create a hummingbird haven and have them coming back all season long! Step One: Grow plants that naturally attract hummingbirds. Flowers with long throats or large amounts of nectar are their favorites. Some of their favorites? Butterfly … [Read more...]

Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes Growing Mums

Mums, or Chrysanthemums, are one of the most popular and classic fall flowers for the garden of all time. With good reason! They come in a wide array of colors, last well into frost, and keep a dying landscape looking fresh and colorful while we ready ourselves for letting go of the growing season. But there are some tricks to growing them, and some of them may catch you off guard. Here are the … [Read more...]

Budget Garden? Grow Butterfly Bush! Here’s Why (and How!)

If you are gardening on a budget, have we got the plant for you! How can a plant choice help you spend less and garden more? Well if you grow Butterfly Bush, (Buddleia) its easy... here's why. Butterfly Bush is one of the easiest shrubs to grow. It is low maintenance, requiring little in the way of fertilizer, and is resistant to pests and disease. So you spend less on upkeep. Say that about a … [Read more...]

5 Easy to Grow Flowers Even You Can’t Kill!

Many of us have trouble keeping plants alive in our garden, and have quite the “black thumb”. Either we are too busy to maintain them, or our gardens have issues that make it difficult; hot, dry sites, poor soil or bad weather. Don't let that stop you from growing flowers! There is hope for even the most murderous of gardeners... you can grow flowers, and you can plant them today and trust they … [Read more...]

Orange, the New Hot Color: How Do I Use It in the Garden?

If you are interested in design at all, or been shopping lately anywhere they sell...well, anything, you've noticed shades of orange on everything from sundresses to sofas. It used to be orange in the garden was reserved to tropical or desert styles. Or marigolds. (Not a big fan of marigolds here, if only because they have been so overused...) Now it's easy to use this uplifting color in any … [Read more...]

Enticing Butterflies To Your Garden

Enticing butterflies to your garden is fun and simple too. Butterflies are easy to attract to your garden if you plant a garden where the caterpillar (pupa step) has plants to eat and then the butterfly has flowers from which to sip nectar. Butterfly gardens are simple to plant and will provide you and your friends and family a chance to peek butterflies in their natural environment. The basics … [Read more...]

How to Naturally Dry Hydrangeas

Beautiful, colorful hydrangeas are amongst the most popular flowers to be used in dried floral arrangements. The most important step in preserving and drying hydrangeas is choosing the right time to cut them. Follow the helpful steps below and you’ll be on your way to creating a beautiful dried floral arrangement. 1. Hydrangeas have two types of flowers on each head. The larger flowers have a … [Read more...]

4 Great Reasons To Interplant Herbs & Flowers With Your Vegetable Crops

Interplanting just means growing several different plants amongst each other. There are many benefits to growing herbs and flowers throughout your vegetable crops – one is that they look great, combining beauty and purpose. The original cottage garden style is believed to have evolved from the interplanting of herbs and flowers amongst the vegetables. So what benefits are there to growing … [Read more...]

Annual Flower Plants For The Garden

Few flower gardens would be complete without annual flowers. Their earliness and generosity of bloom will bring color and grace to any garden. Annual flower plants can be placed among perennials to fill in gaps in their bloom times, worked into bulb plantings, or just planted in a bed by themselves. Annuals are versatile, lovely, and colorful. An annual plant is a plant which completes its … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Plants in Bloom with Deadheading

"Off with her head" the queen shouted at Alice in the Lewis Carroll story "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Now I’m not sure if Lewis had an interest in gardening but he could well have been giving us some horticultural instruction which will give us a longer flowering season. There is a technique known as dead-heading, it is a simple task which takes a few minutes however adds days and … [Read more...]

Geraniums – 7 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Zonal Geraniums: Traditional, high quality beauty. A big pot of red zonal geraniums is an eye-popping spot of color. Two pots next to the mailbox is a friendly welcome! These versatile plants are ideal for window boxes, hanging baskets, wheelbarrows, plumbing fixtures, you name it. They are also excellent performers in memorial boxes. It seems that 45 percent of all geraniums sold are red … [Read more...]

Annuals or Perennials for Your Garden?

The crocus delights us in early spring as it dares to peek through the snow and lift its face to the sun. Soon after follow tulips, narcissus, iris, lilacs… all perennials that welcome spring with vibrant color and fragrance. Perennial plants bloom at different times during the growing season and delight you with variety in color and size from earliest spring to late autumn. However, many … [Read more...]

Blue Flowers Add Style and Color to Any Garden

Blue flowers are some of the most striking plants around and can add a rich splash of color to any garden. Plant them in a cluster of all blue or mix them in with other flowers for a rainbow of color. When planting flowers, it is important to remember to follow the instructions on the tag for the plant. Always buy plants that will thrive in the conditions in which you intend to grow them. A … [Read more...]