Bring The Beauty of Nature Into Your Life
Plant profiles, seasonal highlights and combinations, bring the beauty of nature in a focused way to our garden spaces.
Gardening Tips and Tasks
Take advantage of knowledge that leads to best practices in planting, pruning, and yard maintenance.
Tools and Techniques
Learn about gardening tools and how best to use them, as well as recommended types and brands.
From the basic elements of landscape design to the garden styles that work best with your home and lifestyle, explore the trove of articles here.
Our Knowledge Nursery
Think of this site as a garden nursery of knowledge about plants and landscape design. Seeds of inspiration and guides for getting the most out of your planting efforts should sprout into experience of nature which is the real teacher in this endeavor.
The importance of gardening technique and tips is that the success it gardners fuels your enthusiasm and helps you to not give up in the inevitable failures. Life is ever changing, in which the garden a microcosm of that truth. Plants are lost to freak cold snaps or heat waves and droughts, but the fresh and unexpected beauties of the earth overshadow any losses.
Don’t underestimate your possibilities or those of your garden. As you experience the special characteristics of your climate and soil, you will also discover your own capacities and delights in cultivating your ground.
My hope is that you discern what type of gardener you are, what most delights you in the outdoor space, and develop the capabilities of making the most of both.
Quick answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the Garden FAQ, which then will link you to in depth articles on the topic.
Building healthy soil is the foundation of every successful garden. Mulching, compost, soil amendments all help.
Specie Tulips, The Botanicals
Tulipa Division 15 Ideal for Naturalizing Want something different blooming in the bulb garden? Or do you just love dainty little plants? Grow some of the wild botanical bulbs, better known as specie tulips. Specie tulips are sold in the fall as bulbs, just like their...
Blushing Lady, An Elegant Single Late Tulip
Lasting, Graceful, Gorgeous A lady with these qualities is welcome in the garden party of spring, and this tulip is fine addition to either a cutting garden or a spring display. Tall, with a long stem and an oval head which is ideal for vases, this has been one of the...
Making Ajuga Fulfill Its Promises
I once read someone's complaint against Ajuga, a plant that has a reputation as a vigorous groundcover that blooms with pretty blue spikes in the spring. They were disappointed with the lack of growth it displayed for them. For me, It has always been a very worthwhile...
Do You Like Gardening Quotes?
“Designing the garden is like learning to speak. You begin with odd words learning the individual plants. Then you create a simple phrase, finding two or three plants that look well together, next comes a sentence and finally the complete story.”
~ Beth Chatto
The most serious gardening I do would seem very strange to an onlooker, for it involves hours of walking round in circles, apparently doing nothing. ~ Helen Dillon
A Suite of Sites
“Ilona’s Garden Journal”, my original blog, has a new home and a new name: come visit the Home Garden Companion!
The Garden Librarian is home to reviews of interest to gardeners.
Ilona1.com lets you know what’s happening with my sites and social media.