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Category Archive: Garden Design
Here’s a gardening trick that works: paperwhites are more stable when tipsy
Paperwhites are one of the easiest bulbs to force indoors, providing a season of pleasure in the flower form. Placed in a clear glass, the roots and actual bulb become part of the display. The white fleshy roots underwater have their own unique flair. The complaint I hear most often when forcing paperwhites is […]
Here’s a gardening trick that works: number of lights and ornaments for your Christmas tree
As Gardening With Confidence begins our busy season decorating clients’ homes and offices for Christmas, we find we answer the same questions often: About how many lights and ornaments do I need for my tree? Here’s a gardening trick that works: 100 miniature lights per foot of tree 15 ornaments per foot of tree 10 […]
December garden inspiration
First appeared in Fine Gardening. When I decided on a winter walk, it was at the point in the evening when dinner was done and sleep was still a ways away. I topdressed with a goofy hat, gloves, and scarf for a journey down the garden path. The evening was amazingly quiet. Of course, I […]
Here’s a gardening trick that works: adding crystals and colorful rocks to your garden containers
Coles Jackson, in the mountains of North Carolina, continues to lead the way in container design by adding her passion of collection rocks and minerals to her container garden displays
Here’s a gardening trick that works: dig through clay with a handheld hoe cultivator
In the South, we are no stranger to clay. It can be grueling to dig through soil that’s not been cultivated. When I come across this problem (and it’s not often since my garden is well cultivated) I use the shovel only in conjunction with a hand-held cultivator that I inherited from my father. This […]
Here’s a gardening trick that works: no digging to plant caladums
Then late last winter, I was interviewing a gardener about his garden. I asked about this summer display, and he said, the entire front beds are lined with caladiums. As I looked over at the beds, I noticed huge trees in the gardens; I thought, No way, how did he dig through all those roots?
Helen’s Haven converts from tall fescue to Eco-Lawn
Eco-Lawn is a blend of carefully selected fine fescue grass seed developed by Wildflower Farm. Eco-Lawn is a lawn grass that grows in full sun, part shade, and even deep shade! Highly drought tolerant, Eco-Lawn has a beautiful deep green grass color. Eco-Lawn requires less fertilizing and can be mown like a regular lawn or […]
Finding solace in the most unexpected places….The Fire Garden
It wasn’t on purpose, it just happened…frankly, it never occurred to me. Not once did I imagined that I would be like one of those people. Is it age, culture, or propensity? Living in the myopic world of an eight year old, my grandfather intrigued me. His ways were foreign. My grandfather didn’t speak English; […]
Here’s a gardening trick that works: paint a tree trunk to use as a trellis
I’ve had my eye on this plant at the JC Raulston Arboretum for some time, but I didn’t have a place for it…until now. With my chainsaw, I carefully cut down each branch, purposely leaving nubs, because I thought it looked more interesting that way.