Garden Design
7 Deer Resistant Combinations for Spring Blooms

7 Deer Resistant Combinations for Spring Blooms

You’ve waited all winter and part of spring to see the bulbs you planted blooming. They’re up, they have leaves, stems, and a bud—but then Bambi and her crew shows up and decide your tulips look like a good afternoon snack – all that waiting and hard work for nothing but disappointment. It’s a story...
Lasagna Garden: Planting Flower Bulbs in Layers

Lasagna Garden: Planting Flower Bulbs in Layers

Everyone wants flowers blooming all the time, right? Since I have been working with plants, I have noticed that people want flowers blooming as much and for as long as possible. I understand why people want flowers blooming all the time because flowers are beautiful! Creating a garden with flowers blooming requires planning, hard work,...
Companion Plants for Bearded Iris: 7 Combinations for Color and Balance

Companion Plants for Bearded Iris: 7 Combinations for Color and Balance

Just like humans need companions to thrive, plants also need companions to thrive. Planting all of the same types of bush, tree or flower is no fun! Planting a limited selection of plants can also lead to problems if a disease or pest comes and wipes out that entire type of plant. When planning your...
Start Planning for Spring Blooms Now!

Start Planning for Spring Blooms Now!

Next spring may seem like a distant faraway time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for it now. If you were disappointed this past spring with the lack of blooms the entire spring or certain times this past spring there is no better time to start planning than now!  Planning for blooms all...
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...
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...
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 and a lot of shade,...
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 backyard. Beyond bringing happiness to...
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...
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...
A Rainbow of Iris | Guest Blog

A Rainbow of Iris | Guest Blog

What started out as a conversation about “how crusty” our current Bearded Iris images, actually turned into an expedition to the Willamette Valley in beautiful Oregon to seek out new and Beautiful Iris at Schreiner’s Gardens — a farm spanning 200 acres where the growth and cultivation of iris has been happening since 1925 ! ...