Best Gardening Blog—Far Out Flora

You know what it is like to try to get everything just right in your garden. With digging, planting, planning, weeding, mulching, dividing, propagating—whew, gardening can be a lot of work. But more than that, and the reason why we were tempted to put trowel to earth in the first place, gardening is just plain fun!


There is not a doubt in my mind that Megan and Matti, authors of Far Out Flora, made having fun a priority with their gardens. Browse through their posts and you will know what I mean. Their humor and excitement about their plants and the garden trips they take simply ooze fun in the garden.

Don’t think for a second that their humor and lighthearted nature translates to simple or inexperienced garden writing and photography. On the contrary, this gardening duo has mastered the ability to create a garden blog that showcases their spectacular garden and plant collection while engaging and inspiring their readers. No small accomplishment.

Transplants from Wisconsin, Megan and Matti now call San Francisco home. These self-described plant nerds have created a garden oasis in their small yard. An amazing collection of succulents, bromeliads, carnivores and other “weirdo” plants (their word, not mine!) call their backyard home. I simply love the way they transformed what was a cookie-cutter space into something truly lovely with countless pots, creative containers and an obvious inability to stop collecting (we have all been there!).

As if their backyard does not give us enough to feast our eyes on and get our creative juices flowing, Far Out Flora takes us on trips to wonderful places such as Annie’s Annuals , Huntington Botanical Gardens and some off-the-beaten-path adventures only locals would know about, such as Albany Bulb. If their past trips are any indication of how much fun they have, sign me up for all future trips!

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Jenny Koester, AKA The Landless Gardener, is the Garden Blog Editor for Horticulture magazine and the author of The Garden Life.

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Looking for unique plants to spice up your garden? Check out:  The Tropical Look, Tropical Garden Style with Hardy Plants, and Bizarre Botanicals for ideas!

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  3. I love this! Gardening is a great way to rely on your own produce, and so much fun! I also recently got into composting (which coincides great with gardening for soil nutrients). You can put food scraps and leaves inside, and after awhile you’ll have brilliant soil that works wonders with gardens! I don’t know if you have one yet or not, but there is one I saw that was made from completely recycled materials and super affordable if you’re interested: http://www.greenhome.com/products/kitchen/compost_bins/118610
    Happy planting and composting!

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  5. I agree, Steve! There is a lot of great talent around us- gardeners who can share their passion of gardening with us while teaching us and entertaining us- it is an embarrassment of riches!

    • Hi Jenny. I’m not sure if I understand embarrassment of riches but I will say that it is all inspirational to see so many passionate gardeners, landscapers, and writers who appear to be sincere in sharing their knowledge to help others. It is an inspirational call to follow in the same direction. Again, being so entertained while learning is also so addictive.

      Thanks again.

  6. A worthy recognition. I’m so glad you mentioned them here. I found their blog just not too long ago and it caught my attention right away. However, along with theirs, in this circle of friends you have here, there are a lot of you that should be recognized here. It can be addictive and way time consuming to read all that you have to say.

    Again, a worthy mention.
    Thanks.

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