Gardening 765 Ideabooks

Great Design Plant: Autumn Fern Adds Color All Year
The name of this fern is misleading, suggesting that it offers value to the garden only in fall. Certainly it is a highlight of autumnal designs, but the first photograph below was taken at the end of June! I was cutting equally colorful fronds in August...
A Great Spring Plant Combo for Dappled Shade
When we think of spring, we immediately picture cherry blossoms, daffodils and primroses, yet there are more ways to celebrate the rebirth of the garden. Take advantage of the dappled light and increased visibility under deciduous trees by combining plants...
Why Grow Quince? For Beauty, Fragrance and Old-Time Flavor
Everyone knows apples and pears. But the quince — now that’s something different. It’s a member of the same family grouping, known as pome fruits, with many of the same characteristics, including beautiful pale pink or white spring flowers; rich,...
Warm Up Your Home With an Evergreen Windbreak
Planting a windbreak is a commitment to the future, a means of energy conservation as part of a sustainable lifestyle. Yet the rewards are also immediate. Maturing plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and make outdoor spaces more livable year-round....
How to Find the Right Native Plants for Your Yard
There’s certainly been a welcome groundswell of support for native plants among gardeners, landscapers and even nurseries. The benefits of going native are many: lower maintenance when properly sited, an increase in wildlife, support of pollinating...
Great Design Plant: Desert Marigold Cheers Up Hot, Dry Areas
The flowers of desert marigold will brighten up the landscape even where water is scarce and the sun is blazing. Often seen along roadsides, in wildflower gardens or even growing alongside cacti, desert marigold is one perennial that can handle tough,...
Go for Baroque for a Vivacious, Colorful Garden
Why not give your garden a touch of the baroque? The baroque movement is thought to have originated in 17th-century Italy before spreading to the rest of Europe, where it influenced painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature and even garden...
Don’t Let These Excuses Keep You From Gardening
So you’re not a gardener. It might be because you tried to grow tomatoes with disastrous results, or maybe just because you don’t think you have the room or free time to make a garden happen. Whatever your reason for being a plantaphobe, I’m here...
6 Flowers for Gorgeous Winter Garden Color
Is your garden a floral wonderland in summer but devoid of flowers in winter? There is a period of time between the last leaf fall of autumn and the first crocus opening in early spring when we crave not only color, but also flowers. While the nurseries...
Gardening for Happy Kids
I grew up in two places: Oklahoma and Minnesota. In Oklahoma we lived on a short hill above a creek, and I’d often seek out that creek to play in. It provided wonder and an opportunity to be imaginative that my office with its acoustical ceiling tile...
Meet a Lawn Alternative That Works Wonders
For a few years I’ve been experimenting with sedges, namely Carex spp; many of the species are native to the United States. Lawns and I are in a relationship defined by benign neglect and occasional...
7 Native Wildflowers to Make You an Awesome Butterfly Host
When we look at plant catalogs and nursery tags, I bet one of the first things we get excited about is finding the little butterfly symbol showing that the plant brings in, well, butterflies. Of course, more often than not it’s simply referring to the...
Great Design Plant: Curl-Leaf Mountain Mahogany, an Easy Evergreen
This native of the U.S. West has a strong presence in the landscape. Evergreen foliage cloaks a large, upright to loosely rounded form that’s perfect as a winter accent, screen or hedge in dry, cold climates. It’s a nice alternative — especially...
Great Design Plant: Santa Rita Prickly Pear for Purple Appeal
No matter the season, Santa Rita prickly pear adds a variety of colors to the desert garden, along with great texture, thanks to its paddle-shaped pads. As winter approaches, a truly wondrous transformation takes place: The edges of the gray-blue pads...
Expert Pruning Secrets for Exquisite Roses
After the threat of frost has passed, hit the garden armed in your toughest clothes and sharpened pruners for the annual task of cutting back the roses. While gardeners may share different insights on the art of rose pruning, one thing is certain: While...
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