Gardeners can create layers of screening plants to create privacy, enclosures, and drama within the garden.
Using plants as screening is the prettiest way to block an unsightly view, demarcate space, channel traffic, or form the walls of an intimate outdoor room. A green screen can be anything from a single eye-stopping specimen to a uniform hedge, to a mixture of evergreen and flowering shrubs, to […]
Creeping thyme has the benefit of being both culinary and a wonderful ornamental creeper for bees.
Tired of weeding the cracks in sidewalks and the places around stepping stones? Plant creepers. These ground-hugging perennials are small but mighty, working proactively to keep untidy grass and weeds from taking over. Creepers […]
As the season grows cooler, the old flower heads of tall sedums darken. (Image by Jessie Keith)
In the fall, many plants begin to wither and fade away quietly from the garden. Some pass so gently into dormancy that we often don’t notice their departures. Happily, there are other high-spirited […]
Potpourri is a mixture of aromatic plant parts that captures the essence of the growing season for yearlong enjoyment. To create your own, gather leaves and petals that are attractive as well as fragrant. Preserve them by thorough drying, and mix them to heighten their aroma and looks.
While it is true that starving deer will eat just about anything, it is also true that in times of plenty they have definite preferences. They’ll seek out their favorites–daylilies, hostas, lilies, liriope, and yew–and ignore the rest.
If you garden in deer country, avoid endless frustration by growing plants deer would rather not eat. Be sure to plant them in sites best for their […]
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