10 Long Blooming Plants You’ll Love

Today I’m sharing 10 long blooming plants that show off all season long. One is a shrub, but the rest are perennials, which means these plants will not only bloom for a long period, but should come back year after year.   Other good options for long blooming perennials are Rudbeckia, Campanula, Gaillardia, and Veronica…. [Read More]

Plant Life Cycles: Annuals vs Perennials and More

As a beginner gardener you may have wondered why some plants are labeled with the term “annual,” or perennial. This term has to do with the how the plant grows. Plant life cycles lets you know how the long the flower will perform and last in the garden. Though annuals and perennials are probably the… [Read More]

Plants with Fall Color

I’m so fortunate to live in an area where the roadside if full of beautiful changing leaves during autumn. However, as an ornamental gardener, I like my garden to look good as long as possible, so I often purchase plants with fall color; or those that I know will either bloom, produce fruit, or change color in the fall. Trees The sugar maple,… [Read More]

Pruning Perennials: Fall or Spring?

Do you cut back your perennials every fall? Maybe you’re a neat and tidy person, who cannot stand the idea of messy foliage past its prime. Maybe you’ve been taught that pruning perennials in the fall is the correct way to prepare your garden for next year. Well here’s my secret. I don’t trim my perennials… [Read More]

Hardy Succulents: Growing Sedum

A while back I wrote about sempervivum, hardy succulents, commonly known as hens and chicks. These pretty succulents work well in all the beautiful arrangements in unusual containers, wreaths and garden beds for people who have harsh winters. But, there is another group of succulents, with hardy northern temperaments, similar to the sempervivum, called sedum. Sedum… [Read More]

7 Easy Sun Loving Perennials Worth Planting

It seems like our lives are so busy, and though I love my garden, I find that sometimes, it is hard to find the time to take care of all the tasks needed to maintain it. One way I found that helps, is finding those plants the make your life easy. Today, I’m sharing seven of my favorite sun-loving… [Read More]

Easy Pruning Guide Graphic

As you can see from the picture above occasionally our perennials and shrubs get out of control. Sometimes you simply have to prune them so you can walk on the sidewalk. The tricky part is knowing when to prune so that you are not sacrificing your beautiful blooms. This article contains a handy pruning guide to… [Read More]