Mixing spring-flowering bulbs among perennial plants is a good garden design strategy because the bulbs (especially early-flowering types) will provide color and interest before and while the perennials emerge and develop. Then, the perennials will distract from the bulbs’ foliage … Read Article
Warm-season annuals play a number of vital roles in gardens. They offer consistent color and interest in the garden while perennials and shrubs go in and out of bloom. They provide a continuous food supply for bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and … Read Article
Hellstrip Gardening Create a paradise between the sidewalk and the curb by Evelyn Hadden 296 pages Timber Press, 2014 List price: $24.95, softcover It’s a virtual no-man’s land and everyone’s, all at the same time and no one really knows … Read Article
A nursery bed is a small area of a yard or garden that’s used simply for growing certain selected plants without regard to design.
Filling the spaces between flowering plants with ornamental grasses, ferns and other foliage plants will pull the aesthetics of your garden together, creating a cohesive look that can continue into fall and even the winter, after blooms have fallen.
When it comes to designing a garden, choosing the right plants for the right spots can be a little daunting. You have to consider sizes, shapes, colors, textures, form and maintenance. However, once you have the perfect plants selected for … Read Article
I want to make a tipi in my yard for my kids to use as a kind of fort. What are some plants that will quickly cover the teepee framework I’ve made out of long poles?
To encourage more birds and helpful insects to reside in your garden, be sure to garden at all levels. That means including tall trees and shrubs, shorter shrubs and perennials, and low-growing plants such as groundcovers in your design.
What are some options for building my raised beds and their pros and cons?
The term “texture” in regards to garden design does not refer to how a plant feels but rather the overall visual texture of the plant—the size and shape of the plant and its foliage. Common words to describe the texture … Read Article
The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs by Stephanie Cohen & Jennifer Benner 248 pages Timber Press, 2010 List price: $19.95 Most of us want a garden that looks good all year round, but … Read Article