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Designing your garden


Designing your garden

November 3rd, 2013 I’m delighted to be part of my friend Rebecca Sweet’s virtual book-release party for her new baby. Six other garden bloggers and I are hosting 7 great giveaways this week, all related to Rebecca’s theme of refreshing your garden. I want to tell you two things up-front: 1. I haven’t read Rebecca’s book yet, although I’ve paged through an online version that her publisher was able to make available pre-release. 2. I’m putting my money …

Flower Garden Tools


Flower Garden Tools

In the winter months it’s easy to let thoughts of your spring garden hibernate as you focus on shopping for gifts, decorating the house and keeping the kids busy over winter break. However, it won’t be too long until it’s time to start planting again, so don’t forget to add the tools and bulbs you need to your Christmas list. Do you need some new pruning shears, gardening gloves or an apron to carry your tools? Let your loved ones know! More importantly …

Garden Gate Designs Plans


Garden Gate Designs Plans

A basic plan in pictures. The first garden gates I built were very difficult for me. Not so much difficult I guess, intimidating. It must be difficult! Not really, it turns out. Use predrilled holes for deck screws, and use deck screws. Nails come lose after a few years. Use decent hinges, light hinges fail. Gates need a cross angle, usually against the hinged side, but it doesn t have to be. ched to the cross angle. The Gate post must be set at least …

Flower garden Ideas and Designs


Flower garden Ideas and Designs

Garden design plans, with plant selections and alternatives. Free! Use them as is or as a starting point for inspiration. Formal Kitchen Herb Garden Design Here s a design plan for a 4-Square herb garden with a central focal point. It s full of color, texture and, of course, delicious, fragrant herbs. Formal herb gardens are easy to maintain and they keep your herbs accessible. A Cut Flower Garden of Perennial Favorites Cutting gardens are meant to …

Garden Designs online


Garden Designs online

There are many, many online places where you can find interesting items to furnish your garden. I have featured many of them here over the years. But as a designer there is one place that I use regularly that I haven’t really ever mentioned, and that is eBay. I’ve found vintage furniture, out of stock light fixtures, bargain (but fantastic) containers, accessories and even beautiful plants. Usually these items are one-offs (so I don’t tend to post …

Perennial Shade Garden Design


Perennial Shade Garden Design

Planting for colour in the shade, especially dry shade, can be a challenge, which is why experienced gardeners feature texture and interesting foliage in their gardens rather than rely solely on flowers. This excellent advice can be illustrated with coral bells ( Heuchera ), with their broad spectrum of coloured leaves, as well as Japanese maples with their sizzling reds and dramatic, cut-leaf shapes. Hostas are also a must-have in the shady garden …

Backyard Flower Garden Designs


Backyard Flower Garden Designs

This forlorn front yard became an eye-catching cottage garden in the hands of a Minnesota couple. We love how the homeowners updated the curbside view by replacing lackluster foundation shrubs with an abundance of perennials, annuals, and bulbs. Pink phlox and purple veronica are accented by yellow and white snapdragons and purple petunias to create a vibrant, cheerful color scheme, and a white picket fence adds instant charm. Test Garden Tip: Recreate …

Designing Flower Garden


Designing Flower Garden

Tasmanian fashion designer Sandra Alcorn’s studio looks out onto “a slightly unkempt but enchanting garden.” tiny dresses and gowns she fashions from the garden’s flowers and other native flora. “I often take a moment out from my work by stepping outside to pause for thought, feel the warmth of the sun or pick a few flowers, ” reflected Alcorn. “It was in one of those moments that I created the first garden fairy’s dress.” “As a child I called Fushias …