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10 Ways to Use an Hour in the Garden

What will you do during the extra hour granted to you the day before we turn our clocks back at 2 a.m. on November 5th? Here are 10 ways I could use that extra hour in my landscape: Cut back hostas in one of the shade gardens. Removing hosta foliage in the fall reduces winter… Continue reading 10 Ways to Use an Hour in the Garden

Perennials

Miscanthus sinensis

Ornamental grasses are in their glory in the landscape. Their color, texture and form provide spectacular visual impact while their movement in autumn breezes delivers seasonal sound. Once established, most ornamental grasses are almost maintenance-free. Watering them during periods of prolonged drought and cutting their stems back to the ground in early spring is all… Continue reading Miscanthus sinensis

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Celebrate Black Plants on Halloween

In honor of Halloween, let’s celebrate those plants costumed with hauntingly black (or nearly black) foliage. Just as black cats add mystery on Halloween night, black-foliaged plants add a sense of mystery to beds, borders and containers. There are many plants that we grow as annuals in Zone 5 gardens with foliage as dark as… Continue reading Celebrate Black Plants on Halloween

Annuals · Garden DIY · Garden Recycling

Saving Seeds of Marigolds & Zinnias

Saving seeds is the completion and the beginning of the circle of life in my garden. A seed is one of nature’s great miracles – everything necessary to grow a plant is held within its tiny walls. I started zinnias and marigolds from seeds early last spring, nurtured them from young seedlings to small plants,… Continue reading Saving Seeds of Marigolds & Zinnias