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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.

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Tips for Success with Mulching

Tips for Success with Mulching

I love a freshly mulched garden bed in the spring. While it can be a lot of work, I love the tidy look when we've finished. Besides the aesthetics, mulch provides a few more benefits.

Read on to find out how to get the most out mulching your flower beds and make your gardening life easier.

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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

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How To Care For Spring Flowering Bulbs

How To Care For Spring Flowering Bulbs

After a long winter, seeing the daffodils blooming along our roadways really lifts my spirits. And I do see some tulips emerging in time for Easter. If you have spring bulbs in your yard,  you might be wondering how to best take care of them.

In this week's tip, I'll give you a few easy steps to caring for your spring bulb plants so that they keep flowering every spring.

Posted in daffodils, flower gardening, flowers, garden, garden planning, garden tips, gardener, gardening, gardening tips, spring bulbs, spring gardening, tulips

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

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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 where you live and what you want to plant. 

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

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Container Gardening Recipes

Container Gardening Recipes

Spring is finally here in PA! I I love this time of year because Mother's Day is our frost-free date. That means it's pretty safe to plant annuals and I get to do my favorite type of gardening - container gardening. I managed to sneak out a work this week to get a head start. I'll be sharing my finds and combinations in another post.

But til then, I thought I'd share some of my previous container plantings. Read on to get some spring inspiration.

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Container Gardening Secret Sauce

Container Gardening Secret Sauce

Finally! Our frost-free date ( Mother's Day Weekend ) has arrived here in PA. So I decided to once again share my secrets to creating easy to care for container gardens that will look great all summer long. Read on to find out about my Secret Sauce for container gardening success.

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