Winter Garden Plants

When you look out at your garden in the winter what do you see? Is it dull and drab with little or no interest? Or does it have something in it that pops and makes your garden standout in the neighborhood? What might be the difference between that boring winter landscape and the awesome winter garden is the plants. Winter garden plants can add a lot of impact to your landscape. Plants with berries, green foliage, or interest stems add the element of winter interest to the garden. What winter garden plants should you add for maximum impact? I'll detail a few options for you. Winter Garden Plants Holly - for the foliage and berries. For the purposes of this post we can talk about two main types of holly deciduous and evergreen. Both are great for winter color but are significantly different this time of year. Evergreen hollies like…

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An Early May Garden Update (Grapes, Irises, Dappled Willow, and More)

I went out to water plants in the garden this morning and thought it was time to show you how the garden was growing this morning.  So far the first week of May have been warm and sunny and the garden is responding accordingly.  Here is what you can see in our zone 6b garden this spring: Our Concord grape vine is putting on fruit!  This is the first time it has started to produce anything and looks like it could be loaded with grapes if everything goes well.  I planted it next to the arbor in the side garden so that it could be used to trellis the grapes. Our 'Hiroku Nishiki' dappled willow shrubs are growing like you would expect.  Fast and beautiful!  The dappled foliage makes for a very unique deciduous hedge line along our property.  All of these started from just a few cuttings taken from…

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Autumn Scenes from Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Yesterday I traveled up to the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens to listen to Tina from In the Garden. She was doing a talk on Winter Gardening and all that it entails so we thought it would be a great opportunity for us to visit with her and check out the gardens while we were there. We also visited with Gail from Clay and Limestone at the meeting too. It's always fun to visit with other garden bloggers! Cheekwood Botanical Garden has to be counted as one of Middle Tennessee's finest treasures. Their programs are always dynamic and interesting like the Chuhuly exhibit last year or the treehouses this year. Unfortunately the light was beginning to fade when we arrived at 5:30 PM and my pictures will be somewhat less than what they could have been with the right lighting but I think you'll be able to see some of awesome job…

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Wrong Plant Wrong Place

When we first moved into our house back in 2007 and were discovering what our garden had in it we found very little.  A nandina, a couple cedars, some reblooming daylilies, and a teeny tiny spirea were all the plants that were there. Not much to start a garden with but I was excited about the challenge.  The spirea had been cut back to nearly nothing.  It was so small that when it sprouted colorful yellow and red tinted leaves I wasn't sure what it was.  I dug up the little shrub and replanted it in another spot along our sidewalk so that I could plant tulip bulbs in the spirea's original location.  That was five years ago. Today this is how that little itty bitty spirea now looks: My spirea is now at least 3 feet around.  I'm sure that you noticed that the sidewalk to the left has…

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What I’m Growing on the Porch

For several years before we bought our house we lived in an apartment.  I still had the gardening bug and couldn't resist planting a vegetable garden in pots on the porch.  While today I have ground to plant in I still utilize the porch and deck on our house to grow a few plants.  Here's a look at a few porch and deck plants we're growing. I planted the coral red honeysuckle but the blue morning glories were volunteers.  Morning glories are beautiful plants but can be very prolific if allowed to go to seed. I plant moonflowers every year.  The extremely large white flowers that open in the evening are fragrant.  I planted 3 of these along the front porch but they did not all grow as I had hoped! Vine plants work great on the porch rails but that isn't all you'll find on our porch.  Check out…

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What Would You Plant Here?

Hello home gardeners, I need your suggestions!  You see a couple years ago my dad helped me build the  Blue Garden Shed.  One of the things I was eager to install was a green roof but I determined that I didn't have the knowledge or the money at the time to do it correctly. As s substitute one of the things I incorporated into the shed was a front door overhang.  I made the overhang so that it could be a planter box in effect it could have been a small version of a green roof.  The problem is - I never planted anything in it!  To this day the front door overhang planter box sits without a single plant growing in it. What I need help with are a few suggestions to what would look good in the planter box.  But that's not all, it has to be sustainable. …

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My Visit To Growild Nursery in Fairview

It's not often that I am so impressed by a nursery that I feel compelled to write about them.  So many nurseries just do things the same way, the established way.  I know it works well but when a nursery steps it up a notch it REALLY works.  Growild Nursery in Fairview, Tennessee to me is an example of one nursery that steps it up!  Was it the plants that impressed me?  Definitely, but that wasn't all.  The service by the employees was great.  And it's more than just the demeanor of the employees, they knew their stuff!  They could tell me the habits of the trees, offer up examples of similar specimens that I might enjoy, and were simply a great horticultural resource. Growild opens up to the public only a couple times a year.  The rest of the season they sell to landscape designers, contractors, and by appointments. …

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Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ Spring 2012

There are few shrubs I like better than viburnums and truly the 'Shasta' Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tormentosum) is one of the more beautiful selections of viburnums. The viburnum pictured below is in its fourth year of growing in my garden and has never looked better!  Loads of white lacecap flowers cover the branches in a two row fashion which lends to its name.  In the fall this viburnum is supposed to have reddish colored berries but so far I haven't seen any.  This is most likely due to not having a pollinator viburnum close enough for cross pollination.  Propagating a 'Shasta' Viburnum Viburnums respond very well to cuttings or to layering.  Read this post for more complete information on propagating a viburnum. There are several different cultivars of doublefile viburnums that grow to varying heights and widths.  The 'Shasta' viburnum grows about 6 feet tall but can reach widths…

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5 Fun Foliage Plants! (Friday Fives)

Let's be real, foliage is more important than flowers!  Foliage is there 3 out of the four seasons and unless you have some fantastic re-blooming plant that blooms incessantly from spouting to leaf drop you aren't going to have something interesting all the time - unless you plant with foliage.  Color, leaf texture, leaf shape, and leaf size all make foliage plants focal points in the garden that draw the eye even when there isn't a flower to be seen!  Below is a list of 5 plants that I plant for foliage reasons.  Some have other attributes as well and some are quite common but are well worth planting in your garden. 5 Fun Foliage Plants! 'Powis Castle' Artemisia Alphabetically for this list we'll start off with artemisia!  Its common name would put it at the end of the alphabet: wormwood.  Not a very pleasant name to me so we'll…

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