2017 Plants of the Year: Great Choices for the Garden

The 2017 plants of the year are some of the best places to get ideas for new plants. These are plants that each garden association choose every year. The great part is, they are typically some of the easiest most versatile plants you can grow in the garden.  2017 Plants of the Year I have been… [Read More]

A Must Have In the Garden: Callicarpa Beautyberry Bush

Callicarpa commonly known as Beautyberry is a beautiful shrub grown for its bright almost neon purple berries that show up in late summer when everything else is dying back.   There are over 140 species of the Callicarpa. The American beautyberry C. americana is native to the southeastern part of the United States. The plant… [Read More]

Ideas for Updating Your Fall Planter

By the time fall arrives some planters are looking really rangy, while others are still going strong. I hate ripping out perfectly beautiful plants for those planters that still look really good, but I also love decorating for fall. Often I try to marry the two by updating a fall planter, and keeping some of… [Read More]

Foundation Planting Ideas for Overgrown Landscapes

My husband was tired of the three large boxwood shrubs, covering part of the front side of my house, and had them torn out last spring. This left a huge gap, so I needed to figure out what we should plant in the space. Typically foundation planting has groups of several insignificant shrubs that stand… [Read More]

Seed Libraries, Seed Swaps & Seed Saving

My friend Gail was just showing me her catalog from The Hudson Valley Seed Library. She purchased several packets of seeds for her gorgeous garden. I wish I had taken a picture of these packets, because they were truly beautiful. You see, this company recruits local artists to create beautiful art packs for some of their seeds…. [Read More]

Curb Appeal – Gardening on the Other Side of the Walk

Gardening on the other side of the walk is a concept I heard about several years ago and it’s one of those slap me on forehead kind of ideas. Gardening on the Other Side of the Walk  I was attending the Garden and Landscape Symposium of Western PA. This is something my sister and a couple… [Read More]

The Easiest Way to Propagate Woody Plants

I found this trick out by accident. I planted a Hydrangea paniculata  in the back of my house. The next season I noticed that one of the lower branches that lay on the ground rooted and I cut it from the original plant and now a few years later I have a five foot tall… [Read More]