Grasses

Autumn in the Garden

Fall is officially here with the weather this week! We had 2 inches of snow, a hard freeze to 28 degrees and much cooler temperatures. As autumn finally begins to turn the pages of the landscape, we begin to assess and think about what we can do different in our gardens next year. Thi
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Love ’em & Leave ’em!

I recently read to articles on the timeliness of articles when pertaining to horticulture practices for homeowners. One was too late and the other was just in time. I hope this one is just in time as the weather is getting colder and the days shorter. Now that autumn is really here, w
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Year in Review – Annual Color Program

What a year this has been! We have had a lot of ups and downs with the weather, and a long dry spell through the summer. The annuals we put in have had to be tough and most of them looked awesome through summer and late fall. I did not get very many photos of bulbs and spring annuals,
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Mums the Word

Autumn is here! After spring, this is my favorite time of year. Hayrack rides, fall potlucks, the bounty of gardens spilling across the table, jelly making, and my family’s annual pumpkin carve party brings in the bounty of the autumnal season. And of course, chrysanthemums bloo
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Landscape Maintenance: The Who, Why, What, and When

A well maintained landscape, with annuals
When friends and neighbors ask me what I do for Grimm’s Gardens, I have a difficult time explaining my job. As the landscape maintenance foreman, I have a job that entails much attention to detail, a vast knowledge of plant life and growth stages, electrical and plumbing maintenance,
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Autumn Pots

Autumn has arrived! The cool rains, winds, and cloudy skies remind me just how much I really love autumn! With each changing year, I become more and more aware of the beauty that surrounds me. I see sunsets, leaf color, and fall decorations with a new and enlightened heart each time.
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Advanced Shade Gardening

Recently, a colleague asked about Japanese Forest grass. Personally, I have never seen it used in a garden, except in pictures. Once I saw the plant, I knew I would have to have some in my shade garden. Our new house is full of large trees and most of the front area is shaded. I plan
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Planting With Natives: Season Long Color for the Landscape, Using Natives in place of Aliens

Again I return to using native plants in the landscape. This is an ever growing concern, as we are seeing the loss of pollinators and native songbirds in our region. The loss of songbirds is felt by bird watchers and gardeners alike. How many of us put out birdseed in the winter month
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Sensory Gardens

Let your senses be aroused! Most of our gardens are designed for our eyes and our tastes. We use edibles and vegetable gardens to prepare a palette for our taste buds. We delight our eyes with textures, colors, scale, balance, and form. But do we create a garden that maintains these i
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Prairie Plantings: Improving your Quality of Life

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There something so simple and calming about the prairie. Growing up in north central Kansas, I knew too well the heat and drought of the plains states.  Even in the shade of the wooded creek bottoms near our house, it was sultry and hot. Later, when I lived in Manhattan, KS, a quiet w
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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
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Native Grasses

Native Grasses Living in the Great Plains regions brings all sorts of joy-the ability to grow a wide variety of plants, wide open spaces, and grasses blowing in the wind. Here we have the luxury of being able to enjoy some of the prettiest grass in the country, with little or no input
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