Garden Blog – Category: Landscape Plantings

Late Winter Garden Planning You Can Do from Indoors

Incrediball HydrangeaThis time of year, everyone is itching for spring to arrive so we can head on out and play in our gardens once again. While you’re waiting for the snow to melt, here are five things you can do from inside your warm house to prepare for the new season.

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Grow Your Own Bouquet

Bouquet

Why limit yourself to Valentine’s Day? You can have bouquets in every season when you grow a garden. Let’s take a look at some of the longest lasting cut flowers you could be harvesting from your own flower borders this coming season. I’ll give you a few tips for making your bouquets last, too.

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How much water do my plants need?

Watering PlantsYou’ve planted up your containers and added new perennials and shrubs to your landscape. Now how often and how much do you need to water them? Let’s take a look at the specifics of watering to get those new plants growing.

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Add a Little Emotion to the Landscape

abelia sweet emotionGardening brings out all kinds of emotions and memories, one shrub that is sure to create a pleasant memory for you is Abelia Sweet Emotion™. Walking through the greenhouse this past spring there was this amazing scent that was drawing me in. Once I located the plant offering that spicy sweet scent I was hooked. Sweet Emotion™ starts off in the spring with bright red buds that burst open in late May resulting in creamy white flowers that are arranged in a nice cluster.

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Graceful Grass® Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’

pennisetum fireworks grassGraceful Grasses® ‘Fireworks’ is one of my go to Thrillers. I love the variegated purple, pink and burgundy with a splash of white for contrast. This plant likes full sun and can go without a lot of water. I like ColorBlaze® Alligator Tears to complement the rich dark colors of “Fireworks”. Alligator Tears has beautiful green foliage with a creamy-yellow tear drop center. This plant will do well in all sun exposures. Alligator Tears needs moderate moisture, but is drought tolerant. My third splash of color comes from Supertunia Vista Fuchsia. This Petunia is a vigorous grower and will add a striking display to your combination. Vista Fuchsia will adapt well with my other choices. Supertunia Vista Fuchsia is a trailing variety and will spill over the edge of your planter. You will love the abundant display of color throughout the summer months.

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Creating a Flutter in The Landscape

This Little ‘Miss’ Has A lot to Offer

Butterfly Bushes 'Miss' seriesIf you look closely (at the white flower) you will notice one of my favorite creatures that come and visit the garden, a hummingbird! Are you looking to attract more fluttery friends to your garden this summer? Let me show you 3 of my favorite ‘Miss’es.

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Me Help! Including Toddlers In Gardening

Plant a Seed in A Child and Watch Them Flourish

Toddlers in the gardenThe phrase I hear a lot of lately from my toddler is, “Me help”. The task can be making a meal, bringing in the groceries, or planting up a new combination in a pot, and the list goes on. How can I resist the sweet little voice asking to help? Kids of all ages love to play in the dirt. So why not include them in your planting and let them experience the joy of planting a beautiful arrangement that they can take pride in.

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