Fall Days in Ohio

Fall Days in Ohio

There is a poetry to this season, as it bursts from burgeoning summer to the minimalist editing of winter.

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Paint Your Autumn Garden With Fall Foliage

Paint Your Autumn Garden With Fall Foliage

If there is anything that stands out in a Midwestern autumn it is the brilliant display of fall tinted foliage. Deciduous trees take center stage, and the preening perennials of the summer season now take supporting roles in the dramatic change of seasons.

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10 Exceptional Red Foliage Plants for Fall

10 Exceptional Red Foliage Plants for Fall

These plants have exceptional fall color. They are fine examples of how you can include bright red autumn foliage into a variety of garden spaces, from the humble Strawberry plants to the sophisticated Japanese maple. During the growing season the leaves produce...

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English Ivy, Beauty Or Bane In The Garden?

English Ivy, Beauty Or Bane In The Garden?

Beloved of some and bane to others, English Ivy, Hedera helix, is a groundcover/climber that I happen to love. It is on the PCA "Least Wanted" List,  so caveats are sprinkled through this profile. This is one of those plants that has both pros and cons, and elicits...

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Why Plant Perennials?

Why Plant Perennials?

With the economy still in the dumps, everyone is interested in growing their own food (including me), so what is the purpose in growing plants for mere ornamentation? Especially plants that seem to provide bloom for only one part of a growing season rather than the...

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Phlox Subulata Planting Hints

Phlox Subulata Planting Hints

Another Plant Profile from ilonasgarden.com Once upon a time I grew pink Phlox subulata in a rock garden; in that first garden I learned how easy it was to pull a large nursery plant apart and make numerous smaller ones that rooted and filled out easily. I also found...

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Why Are Leaves Purple?

Why Are Leaves Purple?

Purple-foliaged plants fascinate and draw attention to themselves. Gardeners often love them for both novelty and contrast. Adding burgundy and deep red flowers creates a rich tapestry, always dramatic and bold in their effect.

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The Weed I Love To Grow, Dill Weed

The Weed I Love To Grow, Dill Weed

Dill Weed.  I love this plant, and it is so easy to grow... as easy as a weed! If you plant Dill in a cultivated area such as an annually tilled vegetable garden, the seeds will come up for you year after year. Both the seeds and the finely divided feathery textured...

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Container Gardening With Favorite Annuals

Container Gardening With Favorite Annuals

Using My Favorite Flowers For Container Gardening [Part One] [Part Two] Continuing to feature some of the beautiful ways that annuals can brighten up a garden. By joining the container recipes and annual plant highlights in the post, this gives ideas you can use in...

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Container Recipes with Favorite Annual Plants

Container Recipes with Favorite Annual Plants

I love annuals! So much so, that it is a daunting task to try to profile all my favorites. As I was planting up my containers, it occurred to me that the ones I was combining in my pots and baskets would be an ideal way to share some of these ideas for containers with...

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For Dry Spaces : Plant List

For Dry Spaces : Plant List

One of the most valuable pieces of plant information is a list of plants for a particular growing condition. There are always certain spaces in the yard which are difficult to use to good advantage, but with using a plant that either tolerates or likes that condition...

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Hellebores: Christmas and Lenten Roses

Hellebores: Christmas and Lenten Roses

During the winter of 2009, I purchased some potted hellebore plants on clearance from Whole Foods Market. I had read about the Christmas Rose many times in gardening books over the years, and their fresh creamy white blooms fairly sang out to me, so I promptly snapped...

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Mugo Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine

Mugo Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine

Pinus Mugo Mugo Pines are dwarf trees, and they keep their shape well with yearly attention in the spring. These aromatic, evergreen, dwarf trees highlight my foundation planting. Although not as popular as they once were, they are still widely used in home...

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Plant List of Food Favorites for Avian Friends

Plant List of Food Favorites for Avian Friends

Quicklist of plants to use in your efforts to make your gardens more environmentally friendly. There are repetitions in the lists when certain plants are supportive of more than one type of fauna in your flora. Plant List for Birds The LIST: Annual flowers: Dill...

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Tough Plants for Tough Places

Tough Plants for Tough Places

Have a challenging area to plant? What do we do with those problems areas? Well, we might just want to pave them, but what if we need a few green things growing there? Here are some tough plants to try in those problem spots. Sunny and Dry: You'll notice many of these...

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Amelanchier, The Service Tree

Amelanchier, The Service Tree

I wondered why this tree was called the "Service Tree" or the "Serviceberry". One story tells it that its bloom signaled when the graves could be dug in the spring in Appalachia. These types of trees are also called "Juneberry" and "Shadbush", and...

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The Beautiful Annabelle

The Beautiful Annabelle

There have been times when the full blossomed Annabelle fairly burst forth in the garden, and I was embarrassed by her almost obscene abundance of giant orbs of bloom. Ah, Annabelle, "my darling, my darling" - as the famous Poe poem goes, in the right place is no...

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Steps To Making An Herb Garden

Steps To Making An Herb Garden

An herb garden is one of the easiest to begin. Herbs grow quickly and often need little care. After awhile they may become a bit ungainly in habit, when it will be time to clip and divide, but that might be one of the most pleasurable tasks you undertake in any...

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Rose Romance and Clematis Tales

Rose Romance and Clematis Tales

Peanut Butter and Jelly, Romeo and Juliet, Pen and Paper, some things just belong together. That is how you might think of rose bushes and clematis vines. Both are gorgeous in flower, and impart a romantic presence to a garden. Their complementary forms create privacy...

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