Learning About Landscape Shrubs in Atlanta

With the idea of moving into the Atlanta area, a task I’m looking forward to is learning about plants for landscaping an urban or suburban yard in Zone 7b. Already familiar with azaleas, it is time to discover the wide range of wonderful plant material that...
Pruning Lilacs

Pruning Lilacs

All lilac bushes benefit from regular attention. The purpose of pruning a lilac is to shape the plant and increase bloom quality. This is all part of regular garden maintenance. It normally consists of removing dead or diseased branches and shaping up the shrub....
Heuchera, Native Perennial for Shade

Heuchera, Native Perennial for Shade

From a supporting actor in dappled shade gardens to the bright star of foliage effects, Heuchera has come a long way with many cultivars now available that are mostly grown for their showy and colorful leaves. Contents The Look The Needs Gardening Tips Fun Facts When...
Grow Spectacular Clematis This Year

Grow Spectacular Clematis This Year

This is something of a guide to choosing some spectacular Clematis varieties, and tips on how to grow them well. For further, detailed information on planting or pruning them, Follow links to other pages on this site about the showy, clambering Clematis Big Beautiful...
Plant Basics

Plant Basics

Plants need some basics, they are generally made up of similar parts, and if you learn some of this general knowledge it will help you understand garden skills and timing much better. Get to know the basics about plants Plants Need 3 Main Things Most of the...
Varieties of Lilacs I Grow

Varieties of Lilacs I Grow

(And would like to grow) Do you second guess your garden? I often do. Over the years mine has become more of a shrub garden than the perennial borders it was first planned to be. One of the original shrubs here was the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris. I thereafter...
Seed Starting Tips

Seed Starting Tips

Want a quick cheatsheet for seed starting success? This is it. Grouping seed success tips together in easy viewing format. Followed by links to in-depth articles, if you want to know more. Containers Keep them clean and sterile. Choose the type best for your needs:...
Spring Flowering Spireas

Spring Flowering Spireas

If you enjoyed reading about the five choice shrubs for small gardens, no doubt the Spirea bushes stood out as some of the easiest to grow. They are the quiet supporters of the garden most of the season, but during spring they can really stand out. Spring flowering...
How To Grow and Propagate Lovely Lilacs

How To Grow and Propagate Lovely Lilacs

Lilacs are beloved old fashioned flowering shrubs grown for their fragrance. Lilac plants come in colors ranging from white to pink, and rich purples, as well as its namesake hue. Syringa vulgaris lent its common name, “lilac”, to a tint of purple that is...