7 Gorgeous Shade Loving Plants

A lot of gardeners hate the word "shade". It keeps them awake at night wondering how to get anything to bloom or grow. For so long we have been conditioned to believe that pretty things only grow in the bright sunshine. It just isn't true! Some of the most beautiful and enduring gardens in the world thrive in partial to deep shady conditions, and yours can too. The secret is easy... simply choose … [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...]

Free Plants!!

There are ways to get free plants for your garden, and I don't mean bribing the checker at the home improvement store. Nope, these are more satisfying anyway! The way to get free plants is to propagate plants that already exist, either from your own garden, or a neighbor or gardening buddies. To propagate means to basically cause the plant to multiply... thus taking one plant, and turning it into … [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 New Plants 2014

Most of us gardeners are thinking about what we want to plant this year, but the choices can be daunting! Whether you are a new gardener or are an expert, with all the new plant choices each year, how do you choose what to plant? I have three guidelines to choosing what to plant, and also our recommendations for the Best New Plants of 2014. 1. You can't have it all, so pick one or two new … [Read more...]

Best Plants for Fall Color

You may be looking around your neighborhood with envy this time of year, admiring the gorgeous shrubs, plants and small trees giving their yearly, and spectacular fall show. If you, like myself, have fall color envy, then here are some great plants for fall color you can plant this fall or next spring. Next year, it will be your turn for people to slow down and stare as they pass your … [Read more...]