Fill a garden with annuals and perennials, create a garden for a season; plant a garden with trees, create a garden for the ages. Most people think about flowers first when planning a landscape but trees should be our first consideration. They are the largest plants in the landscape and have the greatest visual impact.… Continue reading Give Thanks for Trees
Pollinators and the flowers that attract them live together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Flowers attract pollinators to ensure pollination; pollinators seek out flowers for lunch. After a long winter, the first spring flowers emerge from the soil offering sustenance to early risers. To establish a resident pollinator population in the landscape, provide the earliest… Continue reading Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators
I think most of us enjoy the first snowfall of the season, the first time snowflakes float down from the heavens to blanket the landscape with white. As snow piles up, however, cheers for Mother Nature’s gift become less enthusiastic. The loudest cheers for snow come from the garden. Here’s why you may hear, “Give… Continue reading Let it snow for the garden!
With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I am counting my blessings. Family and friends top my list of things for which I am most thankful, but my garden follows close behind. I took a few moments to remember the past year in the garden and sum it up in a letter of thankfulness. Dearest… Continue reading Thankful for the Garden
Fall is the season when warm-season ornamental grasses get their turn in the spotlight. They spend the summer playing a supporting role in the landscape – screening views, adding texture to borders, and providing a backdrop for annuals and perennials. Grasses patiently wait for frost to give flowers the hook and cast them in the… Continue reading Panicum virgatum stars in fall landscape.