Gardening

Holiday Gift Ideas

With the holidays right around the corner, many of us are racking our brains for gift ideas. For some reason, people who spend a lot of time working in their yards in the summer get dubbed as the person who has everything. Just because they like to garden, operate power equipment and get their hands […]

Leave Some Perennials For Winter Interest

When herbaceous perennials finish flowering for the season, we naturally want to cut them back, often to the ground. This year you may want to leave some intact for winter interest. Sure, they may be brown but brown contrasts with white snow. Herbaceous plants are those with leaves and non-woody stems. Herbaceous perennials are those […]

Last Minute Winter Landscape Preparations

As fall descends into winter, there are a number of last minute ways to protect your valuable landscape from the damaging effects of snow, ice and cold temperatures. Recently planted trees or shrubs should not be forgotten when preparing your landscape for winter. They may need to be wrapped in burlap for the winter. This […]

Creating a Beautiful Winterscape

Your winter view out the window doesn’t have to be a bleak sea of white. In fact, winter landscapes can be quite beautiful. Creating such a scene, however, has to be a cooperative effort between you and Mother Nature. Mother Nature will provide the icing but you have to provide the cake. When planning your […]

Be Sure To Plant Your Spring Blooming Bulbs This Fall

Few things can lift us from the final weeks of the winter doldrums quite like the first crocus peeking up above the snow. Crocus’s are the opening act for the yellow and white show put on by daffodils. Finally, the featured act takes the stage – the cacophony of color put forth by mass plantings […]

Choosing Shade Loving Plants

Some people say there is no such thing as shade loving plants, only shade tolerant. I beg to differ. If you’ve ever tried to grow hostas or rhododendrons in full sun, you know what I mean. But if you haven’t tried… they don’t grow in full sun. Planting them in full sun is a great […]

Plant Low Maintenance Shrubs This Fall

Fall is for planting, and fall will soon be upon us. I don’t mean to rush summer away but fall planting conditions actually begin to appear in late August. When making your fall planting plans, may I suggest low maintenance shrubs? After all, your landscape’s main reason for being is to provide you with enjoyment, […]