Butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds and bees add wonderful movement and great interest to our gardens. Attracting these winged friends to your garden is a fairly simple matter. Provide them with food, water and shelter and they are happy to come and stay awhile. There is a wide palette of plants that will work for both your garden and pollinators.
Soil is the basic foundation for any garden, which is why we have multiple articles in our ‘Dirt on Dirt’ series. After several questions from gardeners asking us what is the best soil to use in raised beds, we’ve decided to add an article that covers the ins and outs of creating soil for raised bed gardens. Taking the time to get the soil right in your raised bed will make the rest of your gardening season much easier…after all, happy roots are the path to happy plants.
Whether you are an experienced gardener or just beginning, it never hurts to review the basics. Please find below links to videos and articles that cover a wide range of gardening basics, this information will tell you everything you need in order to grow a great garden.
Supertunia petunias are some of the most versatile plants you can find. They are fantastic landscape varieties and look awesome when planted in a monochrome swath of color or when several colors are mixed. They also perform beautifully in patio planters, hanging baskets, window boxes, raised beds…actually, in any spot that gets at least four hours of sun a day. Six or more hours of sun a day helps maximize their flower power. If you live in a more northern climate, several hours of afternoon sun is the key to getting the best possible flower show.
Catch up on the most loved Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest posts of the year in this year-end roundup.
Who doesn’t like discovering a new ‘must-have’ plant for their garden? Sometimes that new plant is brand new to the market and other times it’s a “new to you” plant that just crossed your path. Either way, every gardener loves successfully selecting something new for their garden. Since it’s the end of the year, we decided to ask several industry friends and colleagues what “new to them” plant they fell in love with this year Not to mention, I’m planning to make ‘my new love’ a part of my garden for years to come. I hope you can find a gem or two for your garden as well.
At the end of each year, we always like to look back…before we look ahead. We like to see and learn from finding out what plants were the most popular with gardeners, and then we ask ourselves why? Was it varieties with bright colors, or plants that invite pollinators into the garden, or hydrangeas that offer blooms we can later bring indoors?
If you enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book at the end of the day, or sipping a good vino with friends and family, you may enjoy this list of plants that have wine-inspired names. Is it possible that a glass of wine (or two) inspired the names on this list? Let’s just say inspiration comes from many sources!
Do you find dark plants intriguing? Could your garden use a little more mystery? A goth garden might be just your style. Check out these ideas for designing a goth garden and the enchanting elements one might include.