Category Archives: Nursery


Flower Gardening

Do you love flower gardening? Do you dream about creating a garden you can be really proud of? Are you searching for great plant ideas and growing information? Want to know how to add value and curb appeal to your home?

flower garden

Tips for successful gardening:

Getting started: dig into your first season with confidence

plants that grow themselves

Garden design ideas that are practical and attractive

Perennial gardening information: what to plant for sun and shade

Seed-Starting 101: The basics for getting started

Garden care tips that will save you time

A handy garden calendar so you’ll know what to do when.

My gardening background

I’m a garden writer and photographer, and for 14 years I was fortunate to live on an acreage in the country, with lots of space to try out new plants. Several years ago we sold that property and moved to a smaller spot, where I’m working on a new garden.

I favor contemporary, easy-care garden styles, and I work with nature, rather than fighting it. Nature tends to win anyway!

A beautiful garden is truly an affordable luxury, so here’s to your best season on the garden!


“The Everlasting Bloom Expert”

Author of Clueless in the Garden,
now Basic Gardening

Mid-spring tips -what to do in the garden now

Flower gardening and design -pictures to inspire you!

How to care for your garden -loads of tips from soil prep to weeding

Seed-starting tips -grow your own plants

Love asparagus? -you can grow your own

How to prune forsythia -for a natural look


Garden Care

How to simplify garden care

Garden care doesn’t have to take up all your spare time. Perhaps the main reason some new gardeners fail is that they don’t pay attention to the garden often enough.

You need to know the how, why and when of taking care of your garden, but you also need to stroll through your garden every few days and just look around. That way you will notice if seedlings are parched or the hostas are getting eaten by slugs.

Garden care

The key is to discover problems in time to do something about them – before they get out of control and turn into major chores that take over your weekend. Here are links to answers to many garden care questions.

Basics – climate, tools, shopping for plants

Buying Plants

Beginner gardening: Helpful tips if you’re just starting out

Hardiness: Zone information, zone mapsEssential garden tools: What you need to have

Buying plants: Finding a good garden center with quality plants

Soil – the foundation

Soil basics: Dealing with sand and clay

Soil preparation: How to remove grass and weeds before planting

Soil in the shade garden: How to improve it and deal with tree roots

Compost how-to: A treat for your soil and plants

Soil pH: What it means and why it’s important

Perennial garden care

Mulching: Reduce garden care chores

Organic gardening

Gardening organically: The natural way to grow plants and garden safely

Organic fertilizer: Feeding your plants naturally

Perennial gardening

How to plant perennials: Step-by-step instructions

perennial garden care

Deadheading 101: Which plants to cut back and when, techniques

Dividing perennials: Why, how and when to do this job

Easy-care perennials: Plants that don’t need staking or frequent division

Watering the garden: Making every drop count

Lawn care tips

Lawn care: Try these lower maintenance techniques for a greener lawn


Garden edging: How to keep turf grass out of planting beds

Dogs and lawns: How to minimize problems with your pet

Tree and shrub care

How to plant a tree: Step-by-step instructions and care tips

Pruning: A useful real world guide for every gardener

Winter protection: Cold weather tips for trees and shrubs


Low maintenance lawn care

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