Do containers have a place in a low maintenance garden? Probably not. But they are a temptation I cannot resist, so I have to temper my desire with a few guidelines. Potted plants can’t take care of themselves. Or can they?
Some plants grow so easily, they are underappreciated. While I whittle down my garden to something maintainable, I’m really taking note of plants that more than pull their weight. Borage has always been one of those plants for me. Beautiful, a bee magnet, and delicious, too.
I’m a true skeptic, about most things. I’m still skeptical about some of the things written on plant labels – especially the color descriptions – but when it comes to size, I’ve learned my lesson.
Those amazing gardens featured in magazines can be as defeating as they are inspiring. Who wouldn’t want the lush, colorful Edens displayed on those pages? Most of us never come near that abundance, but maybe if they let us in on a few of their styling tips, we might – if only temporarily.
One little trick that will keep your garden from looking like a psychedelic sixties remnant is to limit the number of colors you use. Picking 2 -3 main colors and a couple of accents not only keeps your garden looking composed, it also streamlines your plant shopping. (If you can stick with it.)
The unusual and unpredictable weather this summer has my vegetable garden struggling to ripen. Sigh. But I’m taking some consolation in the joy of so many flowers defiantly blooming, despite the weather swings. This is a wonderful time of year for wild flowers. Here’s what’s blooming near me. How about you?
Dividing plants is a mixed bag of sentiments. It is rarely an easy task and sometimes downright exhausting. But you do get more plants… for free. Some plants, like bellflowers and coreopsis, are always nagging to be divided. They can’t seem to go 2 years without needing attention. With that kind of behavior, I’m not […]
Last week I talked about the Thermacell Patio Halo mosquito repeller, a nifty little device that emits a vapor of a pesticide called allethrin and really does repel the bloodsuckers. This spring I also received a mosquito trap that reduces the mosquito population in your yard, without any pesticide. It’s called the DynaTrap. I am […]
Plants, like conversation, sometimes need editing. All too often, we don’t realize that… until the plants are firmly rooted in our gardens. From aggressively growers, to sickly under-performers, to fleeting disappointments, here’s some advice for spotting the likely suspects before you drag them home. read on…
The first step in crafting the life you want, is to get rid of everything you don’t. –Joshua Becker My first step in The Minimalist’s Garden will be to evaluate and eliminate the plants that are struggling, underperforming, or causing me grief… no matter how much I love them? No small order. read on…