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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.
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Grown mainly for its dusky purple leaf, the ‘Diablo’ also boasts of spring flowers, similar in look to Bridal Spirea, winter bark interest, and a very tough nature.read more
For years these favorite slow growing trees had given me no trouble, only delight. That changed …read more
I have had a couple years when the Butterfly bush returned after winter, and one time it seeded itself and bloomed in one spot, but I think this Zone 5 garden with winter wet soils and strong wind is just not good for these plants.read more
Perennials in the garden may play a second fiddle to the foliage of the turning trees, but they make a beautiful harmony. Remember to add them to the garden pictures, perhaps even giving a featured area to pull out all the stops.read more
It isn’t New England, but there are beautiful autumn leaf displays, a rich apple harvest, and lots of fun to be found during the Autumn season. It may be arguable, but I would submit that this is the very best season to have a visit to this area, especially if you want the best of weather.read more
Cushion mums are beloved in the autumn garden not only for their colors and forms, but because they bloom with enough time to make a show and are frost resistant in a cold climate that turns most other flowers to brownread more