Category Archives: planting a SHADE GARDEN

Neatening up a Rhododendron after it Blooms.

One of the Spring rituals that I still do, started in the early 1970’s with my Mother. It is the neatening up of the Rhododendron bush after it blooms. My Mother and I would go outside on a late Spring … Continue reading

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Planting Annuals, A beginning Gardener’s Guide.

ANNUALS are plants that grow for one season and die. In about a 7 month period, the annual goes from being seed, to forming into a plant that produces many flowers. The flowers mature on that plant, dry up, and … Continue reading

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Stagger Plant heights when Planting (Designing) a garden.

Oh to many new gardeners want to plant (design) gardens as if plants were stair steps. In the back row they want to site a plant that grows, let’s say six-feet tall. In front of it they want to plant … Continue reading

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Colored Foliage adds that WOW FACTOR to a garden!

My garden, here at Whimsey Hill House starts blooming in April, is a wonderful sight throughout the summer, and is done blooming, cut back, and run over with the lawn mower by the middle-end of October. I have perennials and … Continue reading

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How to Plant (design) a garden. Mass versus Specimen planting.

] “When most people go and plant (design) a garden, they don't think much about mass versus specimen planting. I come from a long line of gardeners whose personal style of planting, I would call “fruit salad”. A lot of … Continue reading

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When designing a perennial garden, it’s all about shapes of leaves!

Using different shaped leaves, to make a foliage tapestry, is an ideal, when planning the layout of your perennial garden. When you think about it, most perennials are in bloom, maybe, two or three weeks during the growing season, and … Continue reading

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