This article contains affiliate links for advertisers of this site. See disclosure page for more information. Lavender plants are often used as a symbol of a well-designed French or English countryside garden. And lavender is a gorgeous flowering perennial that has earned this spot in professional landscape design and photography. However, in addition to its … Read more
This article contains affiliate links for advertisers of this site. See disclosure page for more information. Have you ever marveled at the beauty of someone’s yard when tulips and daffodils are in full bloom? I do- every year. It can be a breathtaking sight after a long, cold Ohio winter. I want more of that … Read more
My backyard and patio is my happy place! There is nothing like the scent of fragrant flowers in the breeze as we relax after a hard day. My husband and I love to put something on the grill or in the smoker and have family over. We are definitely home-bodies! Therefore, I spend a lot … Read more
After the heat and humidity of a summer in northeastern Ohio, fall is refreshing. It has become a “second spring” for me and I find that I look forward to fall gardening more than ever. I want to make sure that my landscape is just as vibrant and beautiful in autumn as it is other times of the season. Fall flowers are an important part of my overall landscape. Perennials bring color and texture to the garden year after year, while annuals add a pop of color wherever needed. Here is a list of easy-to-grow beauties that won’t disappoint:
One of the sure signs that cooler weather is on the way is the arrival of fall mums at local retailers. They are synonymous with autumn and can brighten any garden, patio or window box that is weary from the summer heat. Fall mums are great for decorating as they can be paired with straw, pumpkins, and cornstalks creating an instant fall display. Learn tips for selecting, growing and caring for fall mums to beautifully decorate your landscape this fall.
Deer can be one of the most voracious pests in the yard and garden, but they are very picky eaters. Although there aren’t any “deer-proof” plants, there are plants that they will only eat as a last resort when starving. Plants that have scented foliage, textured leaves, thorns or sap in the stem are much less appealing. If you live in an area with a high deer population, the following plants will have a better chance of escaping deer damage.
If you want elegant simplicity in your landscape, peonies are the plants for you! These iconic perennials are quintessential in English cottage gardens and can make any yard a touch of heaven. Their billowy, soft petals and light fragrance also make them a gorgeous cut flower. Read more to learn how to enjoy these in your landscape for years to come!
Nothing can add curb appeal to your home more than a large display of annual flowers. In this project, I am planting 25 white New Guinea Impatiens along a front walk. They will create a vibrant display and give the home stunning curb appeal. See tips on how to create a stunning display at your home and watch a video of the process.
Perennials are a category of plants that live from year to year and can survive the winters in northern climates. Perennials are known for their exquisite flowers and/or beautiful foliage making them a must-have for any landscape. Some of my all-time favorite plants are perennials. There is just something different about them when compared to annuals (click here if you need a refresher on annuals). The blooms are more detailed and intricate, the foliage is more rich and striking. And for some, the fragrance is amazing. The obvious advantage of having perennials in your landscape is that you plant them once and they return each spring. I have found that this is definitely a plus as I get older and time and energy become valuable resources! Consequently, you will be seeing more perennials in my yard! Here are some easy-to-grow perennials that will thrive in your landscape.