Garden Design

Stunning Silver Plants for Dry Times

lambs ears

Olympic athletes may be disappointed to settle for silver, but it’s a most desirable color in the garden. Silver-leaved plants are a sophisticated design choice, and, even better, they tend to be drought tolerant. 

Mulch Alternatives Around Trees

no mulch

  Volcano mulching continues to be an epidemic in the landscape. This got me to thinking, if we cannot get people to avoid mounding mulch up against their trees’ trunks, maybe we should do without mulch all together. Gasp! I …

Patience Is Paying Off!

shade garden Bettman Nature Preserve

Lessons Learned From the Secret Garden Last year (has it been that long?) I introduced you to my new landless gardening adventure. I adopted part of a local park that is a few streets from my building, tucked back in …

Container Gardening

bike container copy

  Why has container gardening been a constant feature of gardening for centuries? Easy—you can do anything in a container, from growing edibles to pagoda dogwoods to vining plants to a prairie in miniature. Be it a plain plastic pot …

Planning the Spring Edible Garden

planning your spring vegetable garden

Before you plant, before you map out the garden, before you even start buying seeds, there are a few things to take into consideration when planning your new spring edible garden. Time: Responsibilities outside the garden can change from year-to-year. …

Terrariums—Yes You Can!

Terrariums Horticulture

Terrariums are surprisingly simple to make and even easier to maintain. Gardens in miniature are fun to build, are appealing to Fairy Garden enthusiasts and are well suited for the not-so-attentive indoor gardeners. The first thing you will learn, unless …

Hosta Shade Partners

ferns and coral bells

  Many gardeners are drawn to a particular plant and design gardens to showcase and accentuate that favorite kind. Many gardeners of the shade have hostas on the top of their must-have list. Hostas are easy to grow, come in …