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.
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.
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.read more
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.read more
For those who always wanted to create a rockery filled with diminutive plants, here is a primer to get you started. Don’t just dream of a rock garden, start making oneread more
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.read more
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!)
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.read more
Tired of your tulips “running out” after the first year? Try choosing those which are proven to be more perennial. I’ve collected a number to share with you.read more
New World natives, these plants are bold, strong, and a joy to behold.read more