Container Gardens – Old Can Become New

Container gardens are extremely fun if you like trying your hand at creating small vignettes of plants loaded with visual appeal. They provide a limited space with definite boundaries forcing gardeners to be disciplined in choice yet creative in design.  Color, texture and form are all important parts of ornamental container gardens and not only …

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1, 2, 3, Presto!

1 2 3 Presto!   It's coneflower-mania in my garden in July!  My favorite echinacea hybrids right now are "Coral Reef" and Big Sky "Sunset." However, I must say I can always count on the traditional echinacea 'White Swan' to brighten my day one way or the other! Echinacea 'Harvest Moon' shines nicely by caryopteris …

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‘A Look’ Into The Garden – Part II

The Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG) presents the Garden Tour in Boise and the surrounding area each June.  It is a one day event where multiple private residential gardens are open to the public for touring.  The gardenkeepers (homeowners) are present during the tour and you can visit with them about their garden and gardening experiences. A rather enjoyable opportunity I must say! This is Part …

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‘A Look’ Into The Garden – Part I

Summer is packed with so many fun activities that it is sometimes a challenge to find the time to keep up with the ornamental garden, harvest the edibles and keep the blog fresh.  However, that said, I attended another fun activity last Sunday that took me out of my own garden (again) but gave me 'a look' …

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Garden Favorites in Early June

Much is happening very quickly in the garden this time of year.   Some of my favorite true blue flowers are in bloom.  This is Veronica austriaca teucrium 'Crater Lake Blue' and it is a real peach of a plant if you like perennials that bloom blue, grow at a moderate pace, need moderate water …

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