Timely Tasks

Garden chores for this month. Timely gardening tips.

Things To Do Now


Hellebores have a mystique to them. Maybe it is due to their bloom time, when few perennials dare to brave the snow. I believe it resides within their beauty and subtle color.

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Are you a home gardener? Do you want to be, or maybe you are thinking of doing some landscaping around your place? That was me, too! I started out many years ago with just a little vegetable patch and some bulbs for spring color… then I became obsessed. When starting to write gardening articles, I wanted to be that voice of a neighbor leaning on the fence, sharing helpful info and gardening advice.


If you want the design steps, planting methods, and landscape care that create a truly beautiful yard, Ilona’s Garden offers reliable, high quality, home gardening tips and growing information. – For a productive and soul satisfying garden, designed by you. I do have lots of opinions, but the only real rules of nature are its own- and our sense of design should mainly serve the way we would like to see it. I do like artistic guidelines, and that is what I like to offer. Explore the site, and sign up for the newsletter, for what’s new. There is a bit of trivia and garden resources sprinkled generously throughout everything here. There is a blog, too, if you remember “Ilona’s Garden Journal on blogspot.I gave it a new home and a new name –come visit after you have found what you needed here!
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How To Help Transplants Thrive In 5 Steps

Transplanting New Plants Or Divisions? Sometimes it is necessary to dig up plants that would otherwise be lost, or that are unhappy where they are growing. Perennials must regularly be lifted and divided and then transplanted. The method is quite straightforward, and... read more

Spring Blooming Bushes, Accents For Your Yard

Planting flowering shrubs will improve the value of your property. We usually think of planting evergreen shrubs as a matter of course in our foundation plantings around the house, but come spring, those that flower draw our attention: “I want that one, and... read more

Front Yard Curb Appeal

Improve your front yard’s curb appeal even if you don’t like to garden. Still, it’s even more fun if you love gardening.

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Colorful Red Maple, Acer Rubrum, Grows Fast

I think every yard needs a shade tree or two, preferably with some feature that makes you love them. Autumn color is an extremely valuable asset in landscape trees, and this is where the Red maple shines . Its color stands out in the fall and varieties have been chosen to accentuate the quality of color. It is also a fast growing tree, which puts it to the forefront of what many homeowners desire.

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Going Native In The Garden

There are more reasons than ever to use native plants in your garden. Besides being a perfect fit for the climate, they are better for wildlife, too.

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Working with nature, caring for the environment, and improving your soil are all important concepts to me, and I hope to share them with you. A Pile Of Info On Composting | The Good Bugs

Major Blog Move

In 2015 I moved my blog, Ilona’s Garden Journal to a new place, with a new domain. Visit and see what’s new ( hint: chickens!)

Spring Time Gardening

Garden Tasks

If you want to kickstart your gardening season, here is the list of 14 things you can do now, in Zone 5.

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Gardening 101

Garden skills clearly explained, friendly advice given, and general how-to for your home garden landscape.

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Grow Food

Make a simple vegetable patch or create a French potager, everything from chores to design ideas to make it productive and pretty.

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Ornamental Gardening

For those who love a flower garden, plant profiles, garden design principles, planning  ideas …loads of articles for creating your landscape.

More Easy Seeds For New Gardeners

More Easy Seeds For New Gardeners

Seeds chosen for the way they make gardening fun and simple enough for a child. Here are some more inspirations for your garden this year, this time choosing easy seeds for simple garden plans.

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Summer Flower Container Ideas

Summer Flower Container Ideas

A Moveable Feast Of Summer Color Containers are like a feast of color, a concentrated burst of plants that draw the eye and give an appetizing presentation of foliage and blooms meant to delight the viewer. Unless the pot is so large and ungainly to make moving... read more
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