Planting in Teak Wood Planters!

A while back Teak Closeouts sent me several samples to try out and see if I could use in the garden. They carry a really neat line of products that general come from overstock teak wood products and sell it at better prices.  They also have other products made from teak root which can be very interesting when used for gardening applications! I turned most of the products they sent me into planters for the garden. Teak is a very sturdy and rot resistant wood which is why it has a lot of uses in the garden. Putting these together gave me another great excuse to buy plants for the garden! One can never have enough rosemary, so I planted a rosemary into this little container. Rosemary is a great plant for the kitchen and we now have it conveniently on a table just outside the patio door. A large…

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Splurge On Spring With Monrovia Plants: Heuchera and Heucherella

Spring time is such an exciting time for gardeners. The weather is better, the garden is growing again, and it's time to add more plants to the garden! Thanks to Monrovia plants I splurged on plants for my garden the other day! Which one's did I add? Heucheras and heucherellas! Before I tell you more you might be wondering, what is a heucherella? A heucherella is simple a hybrid plant created by crossing a tiarella (foamflower) with a heuchera (coral bells). Both are in the same family Saxifragaceae which makes their hybridization a possibility. I've been a big fan of heucheras for a long time due to their unique appearance, resistance to common animals pests (those pesky deer and rabbits), and their drought resistance. Heucheras are now available in all kinds of colors. They tend to be shade plants but there are varieties now that can tolerate more sunlight and…

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5 Heucheras and How They Perform

Over the years I've accumulated quite a few heucheras for my garden.  Heucheras or coral bells are becoming more and more popular as a wide array of unique cultivars continue to come on the market.  You might even think that heucheras are relatively new to the horticultural world when in fact they've been tinkered with by horticulturalists since the late 1800's.  Heucheras are native to North America and can be found naturally from the west coast to the east coast.  Heucheras thrive in rock gardens and in dry shade where other plants might not be so happy.  Heuchera breeders are working on developing more sun tolerant heucheras as well as heucheras with larger flowers. As a general note I'm fascinated with them.  Foliage colors range from green to amber to brown to purple while the bell shaped flowers general stay between a mid range pink to white in color. Today…

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5 Plants I Really Like!

Fads come and go and garden fads do the same thing.  What I like today might be different in 10 years, 5 years, or even 1 year!  But for this Friday Five post I thought I'd tell you a little about the plants I really like right now.  While this list contains some specific plants it also contains a types of plants (some of which may only be loosely related.) Heucheras are the "in" plant of today or at least I think so!  They are an American native plant that thrives in dry shade areas.  Heucheras are perennial plants that need occasional dividing every 3-4 years.  They grow outward and eventually leave an open center section that can be covered back up with soil and encourages to grow back.  I prefer dividing them in the spring time by digging the plant up and separating the rooted sections into individual plants…

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