Martinis and Marigolds - Refreshingly Quick Tips for Home and Garden

Don't Forget The Foliage

Don't Forget The Foliage

As you’re planning your summer garden, don’t forget the foliage! Foliage plants are chosen for the beauty of their leaves, rather than their flowers. Some foliage plants have colorful leaves, such as coleus. Others have striking geometric patterns, like the canna lily (which also has showy flowers). Still others are selected because of their unique shape, such as cactuses or succulents.

 Here are three great ways to use foliage plants in your garden:

Light Up Your Landscape

Light Up Your Landscape

One of the best things that we’ve added to our exterior landscape was lighting. I love coming home and seeing the front of our house beautifully illuminated in a way that highlights the plantings and architecture of our house.

Read on to find out how we did it and how to get started.

Choosing Shrubs for Your Landscape

Choosing Shrubs for Your Landscape

In our effort to add really unique perennials and annuals to our gardens, we can overlook the value of shrubs. Maybe it's because they can seem a bit boring.

But shrubs can provide a great filler for larger beds and become a nice backdrop for flowering perennials and annuals. They are an important addition for curb appeal in your front yard. And, can really add to the backyard landscape if chosen for low maintenance and interesting textures and colors.

My favorite reason to grow shrubs is that they can provide multiple seasons of interest.


Read on to find 4 of my favorite shrubs that add color, texture and interest to my yard throughout the year,

What Can I Plant in the Shade - 7 Easy Care Shade-Loving Perennials for Your Garden

What Can I Plant in the Shade - 7 Easy Care Shade-Loving Perennials for Your Garden

Got shade? Gardening in the shade can be tricky. I’m always looking for plants that do well in the shade and I'm especially fond of perennials because they come back every year. Many also spread or grow large enough to be dug up and divided, giving me more value for my money.

Read on to learn about a few shade loving perennials that have worked well for me. I've included their hardiness zones so you can see if they will be perennial for you, too.

Who Needs a Spring Haircut?

Who Needs a Spring Haircut?

One of my favorite perennials is Variegated Liriope. The bright green and white foliage looks great from late spring into fall. Liriope does not need much maintenance - except in the spring. In spring, it needs a good haircut.

Read on to find out how a spring haircut helps this plant look great all summer long

7 Easy Care Sun-Loving Perennials to Plant This Spring

7 Easy Care Sun-Loving Perennials to Plant This Spring

Perennials are a great way to add color and seasonal interest to your flower beds. They have the advantage of coming back every year and many spread to fill in spaces, giving you more value for the money spent on them. 

Read on to explore 7 sun-loving easy to grow perennials to plant this spring

Spring Is Finally Here! What Can I Plant Now?

Spring Is Finally Here! What Can I Plant Now?

It looks like Spring is finally here.

One of the questions people ask me most often as the temperatures get warmer is when can I start planting??? The answer is, it depends on what you want to plant. 

Read on to find out how to know what you can plant now!

Divine Design - 5 Tips for Successful Garden Planning

Divine Design - 5 Tips for Successful Garden Planning

As the cold temperatures are here for many parts of the country, it might seem a strange time to think about what to plant this spring. But this time of year is a great time to work on planning your garden.

Good garden design starts with thinking before digging.

Read on for my 5 Tips for Successful Garden Planning. 

Then curl up by the fire with a few plant and seed catalogs, pen and paper and your favorite beverage and start dreaming of spring.