Are you just starting on the adventure of creating your own home landscape? Are you looking for fresh ideas and a new perspective to improve your property? There are lots of ideas here for both. Home garden landscaping articles, plant information, and building the garden skills that a homeowner needs to make their dream garden a reality.
Landscaping is certainly an art and requires a certain amount of know-how, but it is entirely in the capability of the average homeowner to accomplish a very attractive landscape with only the desire to plan it out and put some effort into it. In many ways it is like that other domain of home ownership: interior decoration. Yes, many hire professionally trained experts to design and purchase the furnishings, but there are also many of us who enjoy doing the job ourselves.
Landscaping your yard is composed of the same elements of design and color that rooms within the house utilize. With reference to the information you need as you plan and then plant your yard, you will gain your own set of skills and master the art. And the garden is, thankfully, very forgiving.
Choosing Made Easy With This Evergreen Guide Which are the most popular? It depends on where you live, but folks from all over voted in a poll that compiled a list of the favorites. Here in Ohio, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, Douglas fir, Pine – both Scotch and sheared White, are all very popular and widely available as cut trees. For trees you can plant, the pine and the Norway spruce rule what is offered. The list as compiled through a poll taken at About.com. ‘Tis the season! Whether you are planning to plant a live Christmas tree or...read more
You can make your own little “physic garden” with plants that can be used as simple remedies for common maladies like headache, colds, or general well being. Would you like to know how? The time to plan a medicinal herbal garden is in winter, the time to plant it is in spring, the time to harvest is late summer. Put together plans for next years garden with the addition of a small space for herbal remedies. Apothecaries were historical “drugstores, where knowledgeable people combined wines, infusions, spices, and herbs to...read more
I am experimenting again. Making my first video with the laptop camcorder when I was out planting some of my bulbs. This is beginning level, Spring blooming bulbs 101. Covered in the video: What a tulip bulb looks like, and what to look for when buying your bulbs What a crocus corm looks like. Good size for a Darwin type bulb: 14 cm; good size for garden (Dutch) crocus: 7 to 8 cm Using the trench method to plant a group of bulbs ( tulips should be planted in groups of 10 minimum) Using bone meal when putting in the bulbs (it adds phosporus...read more
The Clematis x ‘Niobe’ brings an unusually rich color to your garden, like the color of ruby velvet. It is one of the more restrained sized vines (unlike some of the wilder ones like the Autumn clematis) and gives a full show of blooms covering the plant for relatively long period of time. It will create a remarkable feature when used on a trellis or to decorate a pole. I like its large maroon flowers with their golden boss, especially alongside a group of Echinacea or in the company of Rosa glauca. It has an almost Gothic look to...read more
Chrysanthemums Take Center Stage In Autumn In the perennial garden, Chrysanthemums are queen of the fall garden, while the asters are maids of honor. Of all the types of Chrysanthemums (Dendrathema x grandiflora), the cushion types reign in Ohio. 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 brown and the annuals to a sodden mess. Cushion mum colors seem to glow in the autumn landscape and blend rustically with the blazing...read more
Most of my time in my garden was centered around how to take care of it: dig it, feed it, plant it, weed it, prune it, and on and on. But along the way I found I needed, and received things from my garden, as well. I still have to labor in those tasks which cultivate the earth and its plantings, that part does not change, but how much and the difference between whether I feel stressed by it or benefited by it is the gist of this post. Allowing The Garden To Do What It Does Best What does the garden do best? It is a place for singing birds,...read more
Graceful Japanese Windflower Anemone × hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ is a fall blooming beauty which will add grace to the garden in fall. All the autumn blooming Anemone Japonicas (the old fashioned name for them) are beautiful in my estimation, but this is the one I chose to grow for several reasons. It is single, and I love the simplicity of the single flowered forms, and it is a lovely milky white, which is a contrast to the leafy green that predominates in partly sunny/shady areas where I grow it. The white sings out of that part of the...read more
Nothing in this life is perfect, certainly not our pathways, and that can be something of a metaphor for us. I have been working on my flagstone pathway again- it is a regular job- and it got me thinking about pathways in general, and how none of them have ever been the perfect choice. All paths require work and maintenance of some sort and that is a perfect parallel to the situation we find ourselves in living our lives. I’ll leave you to ponder that avenue of thought, though, while I take the more practical route of discussing actual...read more
A Sunny and Simple Cottage Garden There was something about the monochromatic scheme idea that has always attracted gardeners. I think it has something to do with the powerful impact of such a design, but also due to the psychological effect that color has on people. Color says something to us, and there are times that the message is desired to say something either to ourselves or to the “world out there”. Those messages might just be buried within the fact that we simply like a certain hue. Yellow and gold have a cheerful effect...read more
Premier Plant for the Butterfly Garden Buddleia davidii So attractive to butterflies that its common name is “Butterfly Bush”, the group of shrubs bloom throughout the summer and lend a graceful note to the garden. The nectar filled, conical inflorescence of flowers cause butterflies and other pollinators to flock to it, making the bush seem alive with the flitting jewels of colorful butterfly wings. Buddleias are not reliably hardy in Central Ohio and I often have had to replace mine. However if you have a protected spot in full...read more
May is the time when Peonies begin to bloom, and we start wondering “How to plant this beautiful plant in MY garden?” Why plant a peony? It is full of fragrant bloom for spring and the foliage remains beautiful all season. This herbaceous plant is offered for sale in the spring, and that is when people usually buy the plant in containers to plant in their gardens. If this is you , and the season is spring, surf on over to the articles about Peonies in my Garden, it will tell you all about how to plant them in spring. Peonies In My...read more
The Forsythia Shrub, Is It For You? It is the season for forsythia in the sun and shadow days of April showers. Mine is blooming full and fair this year, with its shining golden presence in the midst of verdant green of mid-spring. But with Ohio’s late propensity of frosty weather it isn’t always dependably showy. This spring, however, exhibits just why forsythia shrubs are so popular. The pleasing color of yellow catches the fleeting sunlight that breaks through April shower’s fast moving clouds, and almost sings in the...read more
Pyracantha is a stiff, thorny, strongly upright shrub, and one of the best ways to grow it is as an espalier or trained into an upright shape. Even though older branches can get quite stiff, the plant as a whole is pliable -especially the new growth, so starting early and keeping up with the training will produce a very attractive landscape feature. Pyracantha Shrubs are: Evergreen to semi-evergreen in zones 7 and south. Hardy further north, in zones 5 and 6 depending on variety. It suffers from winterburn for me. Member of the rose family,...read more
Lovely Summer Nasturtiums Tropaeolum majus are a favorite for a Child’s Garden because their seeds are large, easy to handle, and germinate fairly quickly – 10 to 14 days. They were beloved in Grandma’s old fashioned gardens and Monet lined his garden walk at Giverny with them. Nasturtiums are not only pretty, but used as a companion crop, an edible addition to salads, and as an herbal medicine. They should be on every cottage gardener’s “flowering annuals for the garden” list. Important Things To Know...read more
The Medicinal Herb Garden A “Simple” was an herbal plant grown on its own as a medicine. “Simple” being a term from the melding of two Latin words, Singula plica: a single purpose. Although there were always remedies compounded for ailments, the housewife of olden times was able to use simples for common remedies often needed in daily life in her home and with her domestic animals. Increasing milk, treating a fever, calming a queasy stomach… Make no mistake about it, the seemingly benign view we have of...read more
Nicotiana For Summer Evening Fragrance Nicotiana, Flowering Tobacco, is an annual flower that scents the night air and comes in the most delicious colors for a summer garden. I grew it from seed for the first time long ago in my city garden. I had read of its fabled fragrance, and that appealed to me. Trying Nicotiana sylvestris, which grew quite tall and had milky white flowers, and a mix of Nicotiana alata in a subtle range of rose and pink tones, I have grown these flowers every year ever since. Nicotiana is one of my must-have annuals. In...read more
Thymophylla tenuiloba, The Dahlberg Daisy A tiny annual plant that goes by this big name is one of the plants that I like to use every year. It make a fine fringe along a path or a lacy spill of golden flowers in a container. Nothing is better for a Fairy Garden, and it even pops up between the flagstones, occasionally proving hardy enough for this Ohio zone 5 climate. 3 Important Things To Know About Dahlberg Daisies Native to Texas, hardy in Zone 11; grown as an annual elsewhere. Can self-seed, although not reliably in Ohio Late to bloom...read more
For years I had planted mignonette, one of my favorite flowers, but then I couldn’t find a source for the seeds and it has not been grown in my garden for at least seven years now. In vain, searching through racks of seeds in my local stores for either “Reseda odorata”, the proper Latin botanical name, or its commonly known Mignonette. No plant joy. I looked online a couple years ago and ordered some Reseda seeds, but they were not the fragrant type -probably Reseda alba, and that was so very disappointing. Because fragrance...read more
Calendula Officinalis Called “Poor Man’s Saffron” and “Pot Marigold” the proper Latin name of Calendula officinalis tips you off to the fact that this was a plant which was accepted as an important medicinal plant, belonging in a monastery necessary storeroom. The genus label was so called because the flower was reputed to be in bloom on the calendsthe first days of each month of every month. Who says learning the Latin nomenclature of a plant had to be boring? History and botanical details, but on to the plant...read more
Plants And Ideas For Your Pink Flower Garden Design A pink flower garden design, does that sound too much like something a little girl would dream up? Boring or a bit too precious? Pink monochromatic gardens have plenty of interest, are versatile and sophisticated if that is what you wish. They can also look airy and almost as calm as a white garden. When combining the sharper color of hot pinks, the landscape can sing. Don’t overlook a patch of pinks and what this color can do for your garden. A pink flower garden design might be just...read more