Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden DIY · Houseplants

Birch Log Planter with Succulents

Succulents are all the rage, and I love the look of birch. I knew it would be fun to do this birch log planter filled with succulents as a wintertime project. With the birch log held firmly in place, a four-inch diameter birch pole was cut a little more than four feet long using a… Continue reading Birch Log Planter with Succulents

Container Gardening · Garden Design · Perennials

Heucherella: Best of Heuchera & Tiarella

If you need a compact, mounding plant with a lot of pizzazz for the garden or containers, look no further than foamy bells. Heucherella is a cross of two genera – Heuchera (commonly called coral bells) and Tiarella (aka foamflower). They get their spectacular foliage color – apricot, bronze, coral, purple, chartreuse or silver –… Continue reading Heucherella: Best of Heuchera & Tiarella

Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden Planning

Plan Summer Containers with AAS Award-Winning Flowers

I don’t know about you, but I am already planning my spring and summer containers. I first look through photos of previous containers noting favorite combinations. Next I peruse garden magazines, plant catalogs, newsletters from favorite garden centers, anything that might inspire new ideas. One authority I always turn to is All-America Selections. Independent judges… Continue reading Plan Summer Containers with AAS Award-Winning Flowers

Container Gardening · Garden DIY · Garden Recycling · Vegetable Gardening

101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden – A Book Review

There isn’t much better than reading a book about gardening on a cold, dreary winter day. It gets the gardening juices flowing. One idea leads to another and pretty soon pen is to paper feverishly making notes of possible plans, plants and projects. I was excited to sit down the other day with 101 Organic… Continue reading 101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden – A Book Review

Container Gardening · Growing Fruit · Vegetable Gardening

AAS names 2017 vegetable winners.

All-America Selections (AAS) has picked the best of the crop of new fruit, vegetables and herbs for 2017. Fennel ‘Antares’,  Okra ‘Candle Fire’, Pepper ‘Mad Hatter’, and Tomato ‘Patio Choice Yellow’ are this year’s national winners. Why should you care what All-America Selections has to say?  Expert, independent judges representing this unbiased trialing organization visit… Continue reading AAS names 2017 vegetable winners.