What Will Grow Near a Black Walnut Tree?

Black Walnut trees are wonderful if you are a cabinet maker, eat the walnuts, or leave them as forage for wildlife, or use the husks to make a colorfast dye.  But if you are a gardener, they provide a challenge, to say the least. A toxic chemical, juglone, diffuses from the roots into the soil, […]

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Common Landscape Plants with Unusual Edible Qualities: Not Your Typical Fruit or Vegetable!

Common Landscape Plants with Unusual Edible Qualities: Not Your Typical Fruit or Vegetable!

We all want a landscape that is easy to maintain, provides beauty all year round, and provides benefits for our families, right? What if we create landscapes that are even more beneficial to our families and to wildlife, where we could, in season, simply pick fruit right off the tree in our backyard? And what […]

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How to Cut Garden Flowers for Floral Arrangements: Fall Floral Design

How to Cut Garden Flowers for Floral Arrangements: Fall Floral Design

Ever wonder how to use your landscape to create beautiful floral designs?  Follow the step by step guide in this second edition of How to Cut Garden Flowers for Floral Arrangements. (See first edition here) Materials: Vase Scissors Permission to cut plants in the landscape Water 6 or 7 stems of Miscanthus (Maidenhair) Grass 1 […]

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Autumn Color with Annual Planters

Autumn Color with Annual Planters

Autumn Color with Annual Planters [column col=”1/4″]Autumn is coming and we are gearing up for the show! When I start seeing chrysanthemums and asters blooming and for sale at local stores, I begin to think about switching my customers’ annual pots from summer to autumn. There is no doubt autumn is many peoples’ favorite season, with […]

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Garden Diversity-Cottage Gardens

Garden Diversity-Cottage Gardens

Garden Diversity-Cottage Gardens “I want more color.” Most of my customers want more color, and they want it to bloom all the time. The problem with many of our landscapes now is the “cookie cutter” design. I can pick out most designers’ landscapes just by the plant selection. Shrub roses, hostas, cool season grasses, daylilies, […]

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