Visualize Your Garden in Winter...

Friday, November 29, 2013 by

Plan your garden with a vision for how trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses will look during the winter. Do your planting during the spring, summer, and fall months; then sit back and enjoy your landscape—from a window sipping hot chocolate—when the temperatures plummet. As you approach this idea of winter interest in the garden, it’s important to hold two key concepts in mind: First, envision how a plant, tree, or shrub might look in the winter—under a blanket of snow, a coating of ice, with dead blades of grass, or no leaves. Second, be patient. You may buy a cotoneaster in June; enjoy its delicate flowers in spring and summer, and patiently await the display of berries in fall and winter. Instead of looking for color, think about the actual structure of plants, without leaves. Think...

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Consider a Pollinator-Friendly Garden...

Saturday, January 7, 2012 by

Tips for Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Article by the Nation Garden Bureau Every year in June, there is one week designated as National Pollinator Week.  In an effort to perpetuate such a great cause, National Garden Bureau offers help in planning a pollinator-friendly garden. Pollinators can include bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, bats and beetles.  The first three are the most popular pollinators when it comes to gardening, and there are great resources for choosing flowers and plants for those three. The non-profit group, Pollinator Partnership, has a very informative, easy-to-use tool on their website that allows you to enter your zip code to generate an area-specific planting guide that will help you create a pollinator-friendly garden. In addition to simply creating a pollinator-friendly garden, anyone can take it one step further and create a Certified...

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