The Formal Garden

Dating back to Persia and the Islamic tradition of courtyard gardens, popular elements of formal gardens found their way into those of the Italian Renaissance. Today, they are echoed in tiered French parterres used throughout Europe and the imaginative ground tapestries of Elizabethan knot gardens prevalent in historical British gardens. For us to borrow fromContinue reading “The Formal Garden”

Infuse Your Garden with Late Winter Blooms

“In a way, Winter is the real Spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.” — Edna O’Brian At present, your home landscape may look barren and devoid of life. We all tend to wait for the first warm days of March when daffodils and crocus magically appear to suggest thatContinue reading “Infuse Your Garden with Late Winter Blooms”

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”

Spring Bulbs: A Quick How-To

Make it simple – combine tulips, dwarf daffodils and alliums for a 3 month display of color this spring. To create an interesting color scheme, mark off different areas with spray chalk prior to planting bulbs. Be generous with bulb planting – stingy planting won’t give you the show your garden deserves. Pretreat tulilps withContinue reading “Spring Bulbs: A Quick How-To”

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”

Walk This Way

“No single element in the design of a garden is as important as where you put your paths.” — Hugh Johnson Spring is a great time to take a fresh look at one very important passageway leading to your front door. Yes, it’s your walkway. While the journey from driveway to front door may notContinue reading “Walk This Way”

Make It Tulips!

Tulips are truly a breath of fresh air — like taking in the fragrance of sheets off the clothesline. For early spring color and sheer garden abundance, nothing beats a bed of willowy tulips in full bloom. A undulating sea of tulips will certainly lift your spirits after any lingering grey of winter. Generally, tulipContinue reading “Make It Tulips!”

Readying Roses for Spring

April is a great time to prune roses. Start by removing the dead and diseased canes. Since this was a severe winter, there may be a lot of winter damage on roses. All the more reason to prune out the dead stems to stimulate strong growth. Cut rose bushes down about 50% — this willContinue reading “Readying Roses for Spring”