DIY Garden Topiary Projects

Formal, fanciful or modern, garden topiaries make one take notice. They do have a bad rap though, for being high maintenance.  You don't need a team of well paid gardeners and a palatial estate to have these in your yard. In fact, you can make them yourself! We won't lie, you do have to keep them up. But a little bit of trimming and clipping is nothing compared to what they give back. So check out … [Read more...]

10 Gardens to Visit Before You Die!

If you are a gardener in any form, you get giddy at the idea of visiting an amazing garden. When I started writing this post, I knew it would be fun being able to research and share information on some of these amazing public gardens around the country. (U.S.) Instead, it has given me an opportunity to remind you all why we become gardeners. It isn't just to make our homes pretty, or increase … [Read more...]

Best Unexpected Plants You Can Grow in Containers

A lot of us love our container gardens... They allow you to grow things in a small space, or in a "no garden" space like a balcony, they cut down on maintenance chores, and they bring plants right up to the places you spend time so you can enjoy them! Oh, and they are pretty, too! But did you know you can go beyond the traditional annuals in a container? Almost anything can be grown in a container … [Read more...]

Showy Shade Gardens

When I first started gardening, I felt like all I wanted to do was plant bright, happy flowers. Shade gardens seemed a little too sleepy to me. With a little more garden experience, (we won't talk about how much) I have come to absolutely LOVE a shade garden. They can be just as showy as a flower bed, albeit in a subtler way. At least, from a distance. Get up close to a shade garden, and see the … [Read more...]

Make Your Garden Lush!

Want a lush garden? Join the club, who doesn't! You can have a lush feel to your garden space, if you follow a few guidelines, show a little bit of patience, and take care of your plants needs the right way. Here's how... (Our featured photo above, is from Next Generation Gardener, and is a shot of a garden on Vashon Island, Washington.) Soil comes first. If you want your plants to grow lush … [Read more...]

Heirloom Gardening

Any of you who have been reading my blogs for awhile know that I love things that have history. Age, patina, a past. And when it comes to plants, I feel the same way! Heirloom gardening has a huge following among diverse groups, and for different reasons. I wanted to give you all a quick little lesson on what heirloom gardening is, why it is important, and how you can bring it into your … [Read more...]