Spring Flowers for Container Gardens

By Deborah Hornblow, Hartford Magazine Many gardeners and homeowners decorate their porches and patios with pots full of plants in summer, but springtime offers an opportunity to welcome the new season with container plantings created especially for this time of year. “After a cold, gray winter, the sight of a colorful planter at a frontContinue reading “Spring Flowers for Container Gardens”

Bold and Bright Drought Tolerant Plants for Late Summer

August weather can be a challenge—it’s too hot, humid—and rain is not dependable. Needless to say, who wants to drag a hose around everyday sometimes morning and evenings too. So don’t despair, I am including some perennials that can stand up to some pretty difficult conditions and still make your garden seem alive and thriving.Continue reading “Bold and Bright Drought Tolerant Plants for Late Summer”

Starting from Scratch ~ Create the Landscape of Your Dreams

Feeling overwhelmed in a new house surrounded by a barren landscape can seem dismal and daunting? To get the ball rolling and move toward the landscape of your dreams start the process quickly on paper. Start by creating a simple plan for your landscape on graph paper. You do not have to be artistic toContinue reading “Starting from Scratch ~ Create the Landscape of Your Dreams”

The Serendipity of Spring Bulbs

  I never feel a perennial garden is complete without the addition of spring bulbs. The wonderful serendipitous quality of bulbs make the early spring garden truly come alive — a vivid reminder that we can bid adieu to the long cold and grey of winter. Whether you are just a beginner or a moreContinue reading “The Serendipity of Spring Bulbs”

Hydrangeas — The Flower of Tranformations

In most parts of New England, this has been a glorious year for hydrangea shrubs and it’s about time! The past two years has been inhospitable to these shrubs with excessively cold temperatures for long periods causing the tender buds to be killed. In the very early spring of 2016, it looked promising but unfortunatelyContinue reading “Hydrangeas — The Flower of Tranformations”

Early Spring Bloomers No Garden Should Be Without

Since the winter has been so mild we are now seeing lots of early blooming shrubs along with all the tiny early spring bulbs emerging through sodden soil and snow. As the days lengthen, the sun warms the soil allowing buds to swell and unfurl opening several weeks earlier this year. These shrubs along withContinue reading “Early Spring Bloomers No Garden Should Be Without”

House Plants Bring the Garden Inside

When it is cold and grey outside, house plants can truly enliven your home bringing the essence of the garden inside.   For the most part, we are home-dwellers in the Winter. For that reason, it is important to use house plants to infuse our interiors with vitality and fresh energy. House plants inject aContinue reading “House Plants Bring the Garden Inside”