Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Design · Perennials · Shrubs

Color in the Late Summer Garden

If your garden has become a collection of deadheads devoid of color, plant some shrubs and perennials that bloom like crazy in August. Here are some of the plants that keep my gardens in full color in late summer. Hydrangeas are in their glory. Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is doing her thing in one of the… Continue reading Color in the Late Summer Garden

Container Gardening · Garden Maintenance · Garden Musings · Shrubs

7 New Plants & Products at IGC Show

The Independent Garden Center (IGC) show was held last week at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Vendors from all over the country came to show off their plants, garden décor and supplies, pots, tools and just about anything else you might find at your local garden center. Garden center buyers jostled for position at their favorite booths… Continue reading 7 New Plants & Products at IGC Show

Bulbs · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Musings · Perennials · Shrubs

Garden of Hans Hansen

Michigan is not only home of the incredible rock garden of Chris Hansen, (If you missed that post, you can read it here.) but also the beautiful garden of Hans Hansen. These two amazing guys share a love of plants and a last name, but not a family history. Hans Hansen is the head of… Continue reading Garden of Hans Hansen

Birds in the Garden · Container Gardening · Shrubs

My Monet Weigela – A Masterpiece

I love small shrubs that can take the place of perennials in the garden. Shrubs are generally less demanding than perennials – no deadheading, no cutting back after flowering to maintain form or to prompt another round of blooms, and no dead foliage to remove at the end of the season. Not just any shrub… Continue reading My Monet Weigela – A Masterpiece