Plan Now To Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Plan Now To Attract Butterflies to Your Garden One of the great joys of starting a garden is watching butterflies flit from flower to flower. Depending on which part of the country you’re in, you might notice different butterfly species arriving in the summer or fall to feed on nectar before they begin their migration journey. They are more likely to be drawn to certain plants in your garden. Brilliantly… Read More

Tips on Choosing Plants at the Nursery

Tips on Choosing Plants at the Nursery You’re planning a garden in your home for the first time. You’re excited to beautify your space and done googling gardens for inspiration. But when you get to the nursery, you’re suddenly drawing a blank. There are too many plants to choose from, and you wish you had a mental checklist of what to buy. This is perfectly natural for beginner gardeners (I’ve… Read More

Overwintering Perennials In Pots In Harsh Climates

Overwintering Perennials In Pots In Harsh Climates Planting perennials in containers is a great way to create a colorful and appealing garden when there are space constraints. Although perennials are generally hardy, nearly every one of these beauties growing in containers need protection to survive harsh winters. Low maintenance perennials suited for overwintering The first step is to do an extensive plant search and choose the right perennials that are… Read More

Ask, Learn, Share and Show Off

If you’re a gardener like me, you’re already thinking about SPRING 2021. I tend to go over challenges of the last few months and try to envisage the renaissance of my garden for next year and hopefully for years to come. Try some new colors, move the sweet peas to a sunnier spot……. As usual, I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s the gardener’s curse. There’s still what’s left of this… Read More

Flowers You can Grow in Eastern/Central USA

Most flowers will grow in most areas but, if conditions aren’t right, they won’t thrive and they won’t last for long. For those reasons, you need to choose your plants carefully and make sure they’re suitable for the hardiness zone you live in. The first thing to do is establish the zone in which you live, which you can easily do by entering your zip code where indicated on this… Read More

How to Extend a Short Growing Season

The farther north you live, winter arrives earlier, and stays longer. That means your growing season is shorter, so you will want to make the most of it while conditions are right. The first step is to know your hardiness zone, which you can find here. Then choose plants that are suitable for growing in your zone. After that, there are other things you can do. These include; 1. Planning… Read More

Hardiness Zones and How to Beat Them

The USA is divided into eleven hardiness zones, each one being delimited by a 10⁰F difference in annual average minimum temperatures. Most zones also have ‘a’ and ‘b’ sub-divisions with 5⁰F differences for greater precision. Successful gardening is often dependent on selecting plants that are suitable for the zone in which you live since others may not thrive or even survive in zones with lower average temperatures. Whilst it is… Read More

Popular Perennials for a Beautiful Garden

Spring is a time when the Earth comes alive, after the cold and often dreary days of Winter.  Trees have wintered without their canopy of leaves. A gardener’s favorite season, Spring means a return to the garden at last, to watch it come to life. If you've planted a majority of perennials, they will return year after year and you won't have to buy and plant them again each spring.… Read More

Wonderful Perennials to Grow in Your Zone 8 Garden

When it comes time to select the perfect perennials for your garden, it's important to consult the USDA's Plant Hardiness Map for your area. This guide, which was first created in modern form by the US National Arboretum in 1960. separates the United States into 11 different planting zones. Each of the 11 sections reflects a 10 degree temperature difference in the average yearly low temperatures. Furthermore, the guide then… Read More

How Does PlantSwatch™ work?

I recently used the PlantSwatch™ in my own garden. After removing some monstrous shrubs left by previous owners, I was left with a fairly large space in need of something… and what gardener doesn’t love the chance of starting over with a clean slate. Sure, it’s easy enough to get the beds started, but then the real task begins: choosing plants. While it is always fun to purchase new plants,… Read More