The Difference between Herbaceous Peonies and Itoh Hybrid Peonies

The Difference between Herbaceous Peonies and Itoh Hybrid Peonies

Herbaceous Peonies vs Itoh Hybrid Peonies The plant world is always developing new and exciting cultivars and hybrids of plants. It is hard for me to keep up on all of the new developments in the plant world, but when I do learn about a new group or type of...
7 Bulbs to Grow in Containers This Summer

7 Bulbs to Grow in Containers This Summer

Blooming baskets, plentiful pots, and colorful containers are a simple way to add color to your home all season. The versatility of planting flowers and even vegetables in a container is appealing for gardeners of all skill levels and property types. For gardeners like me with a smaller city lot...
Top 12 Perennials for Butterflies

Top 12 Perennials for Butterflies

Connecting with nature is important for your health and happiness. When I see butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other flying friends in my garden it brings a smile to face. Even my dogs are fascinated by the intricate and delicate butterflies that come visit my the annuals and perennials in my...
How to Grow the Big and Bold Dahlia Blooms!

How to Grow the Big and Bold Dahlia Blooms!

The dahlia is one of the most popular summer blooming flower bulbs! New gardeners will love the bright colors, and ease of growing, as well as the large assortment of colors and bloom shapes to choose from. Experienced gardeners enjoy growing dahlias for the challenge of growing the biggest blooms possible,...
When is the best time to plant Summer Blooming Bulbs?

When is the best time to plant Summer Blooming Bulbs?

Before we can answer the question of when the best time to plant summer-blooming bulbs, we must determine what summer-blooming bulbs are! Online retailers like Holland Bulb Farms and Tulip World sell a variety of bulbs, perennials, fruit and vegetable plants for planting in spring. Typically out of their assortment...
Living Coral the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Top 15 Flowers

Living Coral the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Top 15 Flowers

2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral We are already a little over a month into 2019 and like all new years, the newness of the year tends to fade pretty quickly. Often resolutions are abandoned by this time of the year. It is easy for that “New Year,...
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Plants That Like it Hot!

Plants That Like it Hot!

Do you have a hot spot in your garden? Or perhaps it’s not a spot, but rather the whole garden is in a hot spot! If sun, heat, and dryness are factors in your yard you may find yourself standing in your yard with a hose for 8 hours. Once you have realized that this...
Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Celebrate pollinators all week and better yet, all year! Planting new bulbs and perennials to attract more hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies to your garden is a good time, and a great way to spend time with your family. National Pollinator Week is June 17th through June 23rd, 2019. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...
Top 12 Deer Resistant Summer Blooming Perennials and Bulbs

Top 12 Deer Resistant Summer Blooming Perennials and Bulbs

Oh. Deer! Is one way to respond when you see deer munching on your flowers and plants in the garden. These four-legged furry animals are not typically seen as friends to most gardeners. Deer in the garden can cause plenty of damage to your trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs. Since I am not a deer...
Flowers for your vases from April through September

Flowers for your vases from April through September

Plan now for cut flowers all summer! The impact flowers have on the world cannot be diminished. Flowers play an important role in almost all major life events; weddings, holidays, new life as well as end of life celebrations. The beauty and intricacy that flowers provide are astounding. Flowers should not be reserved only for...
7 Unique Shade-Loving Plants

7 Unique Shade-Loving Plants

Gardening is like life in that it isn’t always easy; we encounter situations and settings that pose challenges. A very common garden challenge is finding colorful plants for shaded garden areas. Before I had a shaded yard, I was always a fan of the shade plant section at the garden centers where I used to...
How to Grow Asparagus 101

How to Grow Asparagus 101

All About Harvesting Asparagus When I was a little kid I remember stopping on the side of the road with my dad to pick some wild asparagus. At the time I didn’t like asparagus or value the fact that we could pick asparagus for dinner from the side of the road. As I have aged...
Mother’s Day Garden Gift Ideas (That aren’t hanging baskets)

Mother’s Day Garden Gift Ideas (That aren’t hanging baskets)

Moms, grandmas, and great grandmas are superheroes to the world! They bring us into the world, feed us, dress us, care for us and often put our lives before theirs. Mother figures deserve to be celebrated every day. But, there is one special day of the year that we celebrate all the motherly figures that...
3 Quick Tips for the Healthiest Spring Blooming Bulbs!

3 Quick Tips for the Healthiest Spring Blooming Bulbs!

Spring has officially sprung according to the calendar! Hopefully, when you look out your window you hear birds singing, see grass greening and sprouts from your favorite bulbs appearing. With all the signs of spring the months of March, April and May can be a very exciting time for gardeners. This exciting time of new...
Easy Complete Sun Garden

Easy Complete Sun Garden

Garden Planning Made Easy for your Sunny Summer Garden Oh, the sun a powerful force of earth! The powerful and mighty sun is essential to all forms of life on earth. Humans need the sun to get the proper amount of vitamin D, which is important for healthy bones and a healthy immune system; it...
Gardening with Potatoes 101

Gardening with Potatoes 101

(photo source: Chariot’s Run) Spring is here and it is the time of year to start planning and planting your vegetable garden! One of the most beloved vegetables you can plant is the potato! Potatoes are low in calories and fat, but also high in potassium, vitamins and minerals.  I suggest you incorporate some potatoes...
Easy Complete Garden Collection Series

Easy Complete Garden Collection Series

Garden Planning Made Easy with Easy Complete Garden Collections No matter your gardening skill level you may have failed at growing a certain plant, and if you haven’t failed you will eventually have something that doesn’t grow for you! Gardening isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it, no matter the outcome. If you...
Complete Guide to Growing Begonia Tubers

Complete Guide to Growing Begonia Tubers

Beautiful Shade Loving Blooms for your Beds, Baskets, and Containers! With over 350 species of begonias in existence, these shade-loving beauties are easily one of my favorite summer-blooming bulbs! My mostly shaded property has allowed me to experiment with the various begonia varieties, which I have grown increasingly fond of over time. At the garden...