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


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Welcome To My Garden Site

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.

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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

Ilona's Garden Journal


Time For A Firepit

Make your yard a fun place to be :)

Fresh Greenery For Christmas Decor

Fresh Greenery For Christmas Decor

Basic Tips On Decorating With Greenery Do you love real evergreen wreaths, garlands, and arrangements? I do, too. But unless you order from a Florist, you may have some difficulty keeping your greenery looking fresh. Or maybe the idea of cutting your own, or putting... read more
Shrubs To Feed The Birds

Shrubs To Feed The Birds

I am writing this during one of the coldest, longest winters that I can remember in the lifetime I’ve lived in Ohio. It started at Thanksgiving with whiz-bang cold and snow and marched right through December. After a very short respite of January thaw, it dived... read more
The Purpose Of Your Home Landscape Design

The Purpose Of Your Home Landscape Design

Using our resources of time, money, and effort to its best use to incorporate style into our garden is the purpose of a good design plan. Let’s start this look at what our landscape design means to our front yard, the most public space.

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Seating Spots: The Well Placed Bench

Seating Spots: The Well Placed Bench

The message of any group of seats or well placed benches is that a garden is a place to rest, relax, and enjoy. Every hard working gardener needs to take a breather and we all should take some time to sit and enjoy the fruits of our labors. A Quiet Spot Entire... read more

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