Category Archives: The Autumn(Fall) Garden

Plant some Castor Bean Plants, add a Tropical Vibe to your Garden

One of my favorite annuals that I grow from seed each year, for its large showy 2 to 3 foot greenish-red leaves is the Castor Bean Plant. The castor bean, along with the Elephant Ear and Canna adds a tropical … Continue reading

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Distance Foundation Plants from your House when Planting

Planting bushes along the front, sides and even back of your house helps to visually tie the house to the land that surrounds it. The foundation plantings, have a way of softening the transition from the rolling lawn, to the … Continue reading

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Some ideas about Planting Trees by your House for Curb Appeal

When getting ready to purchase a tree(s) to plant on your front lawn, or other parts of your property, the tree’s height, when mature should be taken into consideration. The right sized tree can set off your house and landscape, … Continue reading

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Container planted or in the ground, Elephant Ear Plants are a Focal Point

If you are looking to add a plant with a tropical vibe to your northern garden, the Elephant Ear Mammoth is the one for you. It loves the sun, and once emerged from the ground is a relatively fast growing … Continue reading

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Fertilizing Tulips / Fertilizing Daffodils

It’s that time of year again, when people are thinking about / are really interested in Tulips and Daffodils, and their planting, fertilization and maintenance. To read two of my past articles on the subject 

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Planting RASPBERRIES, Pruning RASPBERRIES

I’ve had raspberries growing in my garden for the last 22 year. The raspberries came my way via my maternal grandmother’s garden. She planted hers in the 1920’s or 30’s. The variety she grew are Heritage. A friend who runs … Continue reading

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Looking at Evergreens in the Garden

Evergreens to me provide the most interest in the Winter garden, and are really the backbone or foundation on which a really nice year-round garden is built. They can be planted along with herbaceous perennials in the garden, to add … Continue reading

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It’s time to plant Spring Flowering Bulbs, Fall is in the Air

As the days get shorter, and the gardening season starts to come to an end, it is now time to think New Beginnings. Your new beginnings will be flower filledif you take some time now and plant some Spring flowering … Continue reading

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DAHLIAS, dahlias, Dahlias..Planting and Winter Storage

Dahlias are wonderful flowers that grace the garden with their colorful blooms from Mid Summer, until a good killing frost. Dahlias come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Some dahlias produce flowers the size of small carnations, while … Continue reading

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When designing a Shade Garden, think Focal Point, Plant Color, and Shapes of Leaves

When I think about what goes into making a good shade garden, three things come to mind. #1 a Focal point(s) man-made or natural. #2 Plant Color to add light to the garden. #3 Shapes of Leaves for variety and … Continue reading

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