Today is World Water Day, a day designated by the United Nations to focus our attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, Nature for Water, explores nature-based solutions to water challenges. While we can’t, as individuals, plant a forest, reconnect rivers to floodplains, or restore a wetland, there are many things gardeners can… Continue reading Perennials that Save Water in the Garden
To cut back or not to cut back? That is a question gardeners ask when temperatures cool, leaves turn color, and days grow shorter. Most perennials don’t care if they are cut back in fall or left standing in the garden until spring. Gardeners, on the other hand, may have strong opinions on the subject.… Continue reading Cutting Back Perennials in Fall
It is not uncommon for gardeners to get frustrated about weeds growing in their gardens. It seems as soon as we head in the house, thistles, clover, creeping Charlie and all the others exploit our absence and grow … well … like weeds. I knew a few years ago when I shifted my priorities from… Continue reading Perfect Moments in an Imperfect Garden
June is Perennial Gardening Month. Celebrate by adding some new perennials to the landscape. The Perennial Plant Association helps gardeners make good choices. They have selected the best of the best and presented them in their Perennial Plant of the Year program. The mission of the Perennial Plant Association is to educate everyone from industry… Continue reading Award-Winning Perennials for your Garden
It is a shame fragrance is an often overlooked characteristic when we choose plants for our gardens. A scent can evoke precious memories. The first whiff of lilacs sends me time traveling to my childhood home cutting my mother’s lilacs for bouquets. The sweet perfume of peonies rouses images of my mom walking arm in… Continue reading Foliage offers fragrance, too!