Garden Design 101: Adding Style & Year-Round Interest with Garden Statuary, Sculpture & Art

Design with Garden Statuary

Half the fun of gardening is plunking a plant in a new spot and seeing what happens–the results could be just blah, thrilling, or really terrible (my purple/pink Black Beauty Lilies looked atrocious growing next to my salmon Christopher Marlow roses). Due to my short-ish growing season here in New England, sometimes it may take a few years to know if I’ve had a garden design success or failure. That’s why I ... read more

5th August 2014

Seaside Gardening – Choosing Plants & Adding Beach Style to your Landscape

Seaside Gardening

There are few things as delightful to the senses as a stroll along a beach; ocean views, sand between my toes, the smell of briny sea air, all while feeling a spray of water as its whipped up by the wind. Unfortunately, all the things that make coastal living so wonderful, make it very challenging to keep flowers, shrubs, and plants alive. Sandy or rocky soil, punishing winds, salty air, ... read more

23rd July 2014

Keep Your Trees Green! How to Care for Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

How to Care for Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

Evergreens are a wonderful way to bring year-round interest and structure to your gardens and borders, and with the introduction of new dwarf varieties, there is renewed interest in adding them into the landscape as specimen plants. Several species of evergreens are also extremely popular as hedging plants, as their narrow, columnar form and year-round foliage, are ideal for tight spaces. Unfortunately, because of their growing popularity and perhaps over-hyped easy-care ... read more

18th July 2014

Help for Moldy Plants and Other Summer Garden Diseases

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Cloudy, hot, humid summer days are hard on everyone, but flowering plants, trees and fruit & vegetable plants can be devastated during this weather by the appearance of some common garden diseases. One day your garden is blooming and lovely, the next your tomatoes are turning brown and your hosta is turning yellow! Fungal diseases in particular are a huge problem for mid-summer gardens where hot and humid weather is common. ... read more

14th July 2014

Water Wise Container Gardening – 6 Tips for Keeping Plants Healthy on Hot, Summer Days

Water Wise Container Gardening

There are few things worse for a gardener to see than a formerly lovely container planting, withered and brown by mid-summer. Passing those sad wrecks for weeks until the owner swaps them out for Halloween decorations is pretty depressing, and leads me to believe that a lot of people are making some basic container gardening mistakes when they set out those pots and planters earlier in the summer. Luckily, there are ... read more

9th July 2014

Summer Yard Games for the Whole Family

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I’m really envious of those parents that have kids that seem to be able to entertain themselves away from their home at parties and family gatherings.  My kids seem to have this special knack for begging my smartphone away from me to listen to music or play a game, sort of defeating the purpose of getting together as a family.  So rather than get mad or be that person that ... read more

2nd July 2014

City Garden Field Report

Ideas for City Gardens

In need of a little garden inspiration, I decided to take in Boston’s South End Garden Tour, and what a treat it turned out to be!  The tour was a real education in small-space and city gardens and how people handled the challenges of bad light, little dirt, and spaces that had to do double or triple duty as mini-farms, playgrounds and outdoor kitchens. There was so much to see and ... read more

30th June 2014

July 4th Decorations: Patriotic Container Gardens, Easy Crafts for Kids, Lighting Ideas & More

July 4th Decorations

I am a huge fan of Pinterest and have been obsessed lately with finding inspiration for a party I’m hosting on the the Fourth of July. There are so many clever ideas out there, and I wanted to share my favorites with you too. The ideas I’m highlighting here are for creating July 4th decorations for your yard, but I’ve also pinned recipes, table-setting ideas, games and more on the ... read more

24th June 2014

Potting Soil 101: How to Select Soil for Container Plants and Raised Gardens Beds

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Whenever the urge strikes me to try out a new container garden idea, I happily select my pottery and plants, but get to the potting soil section and nearly have a heart attack when I see the price of my favorite bagged potting soil.  It doesn’t seem to make any sense that dirt actually costs big money!  But in fact, a lot of science and labor (yes, labor) goes into ... read more

20th June 2014

Toads in the Garden; Why you want them

Toad in the garden

If your first instinct at the sight of critters in your garden is one of annoyance or even disgust, you should consider that you just might be playing host to a friend, rather than foe. While you’ve been trained (rightly so) to fear rabbits and other pests that treat your garden like an open buffet, know that toads are one helpful potential resident that you’ll want to keep around. Hungry ... read more

18th June 2014