Perennial plants

Plant for Hummingbirds on Earth Day

 Happy Earth Day 2016! For the last 17 years I’ve worked to create an eco-friendly naturescape in my suburban backyard. I’ve planted native flowers, added low-maintenance perennial plants, reduced water use, and completely eliminated synthetic chemicals. My certified wildlife habitat includes food, water, shelter and places for all kinds of insects, birds and fuzzy critters […]

Fairy gardens need these Fairy Flowers

Every fairy garden needs a few fairies flitting around to make sure all is growing well. The best fairy garden fairies — the ones who make a gardener’s wishes come true — are those made from the garden’s own flowers, like hollyhocks. It takes just a few minutes to transform an ordinary hollyhock blossom and […]

The National Pollinator Network Needs Your Garden

Plant and bee counted! We’re celebrating National Pollinator Week and need gardeners across the country to join in. You don’t have to have a large garden; any size garden is an important part of the gardening network to help take care of pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds and even bats. Every seed or  plant that […]

How to Attract Wild Birds to your Garden

It’s easy to attract wild birds to your landscape by providing food, water, shelter and a place to raise their young.

Celebrate National Rose Month with Old Garden Roses

I always knew June was the month for roses in my own garden. That’s when my favorite roses put on a fragrant show around the patio and throughout the garden. It turns out, June is National Rose Month everywhere else, too. If you want to go all in to celebrate roses this month there are […]

Xeriscape Garden Finally in Full Bloom

Have you heard the old gardening saying about perennial plants? “The first season they sleep, the second season they creep and the third season they leap.” That saying sure proves true with the xeriscape garden I’ve planted in my backyard. This is the third year for most of the plants and they certainly have taken […]

June Blogathon Means 30 Days of Gardening Tips

John Cabot climbing rose is a great plant for all zones.

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