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November 11, 2021



Shrubs for Shady Gardens

It is hard to find shrubs for deep shade, as few will persist at all...but here a few ideas.


November 4, 2021


Toad lily in filtered shade

Filtered Shade

Shade gardens are usually at their best in the spring, but filtered shade gardens can provide summer color, too.


October 28, 2021


planting pine seedling

Fall Planting

Conifer shrubs and trees need warmer soil to get their roots growing, so plant them as early as possible in the fall.


October 21, 2021


separating allium bulbs

Divide to Multiply

There are only a few perennials that thrive for many years without being divided and replanted.


October 14, 2021


Geranium Pelargonium

Tender Geraniums

Fall is the time to bring indoors all of those houseplants that have been spending the summer outside. I usually also dig up a few annual geraniums that I have had in my beds all summer.


October 7, 2021


Painted daisy

New World Mums

By the end of the 1800s, most types of chrysanthemums had arrived in America.


September 30, 2021




The name chrysanthemum is from the Greek word for gold “chrysos” and “anthos,” which means flower.

September 23, 2021


False dragon head

Wet Feet

Plants that can tolerate boggy, wet soil exist!

September 16, 2021


Shovel and rake

Autumn Checklist

It is easy to get a renewed sense of enthusiasm for gardening when the hottest weather has passed.

September 9, 2021



Always Cheerful Coreopsis

Our native perennial coreopsis is a stalwart in many American gardens.

September 2, 2021


Amaryllis in greenhouse at botanical garden

Rebuilding Amaryllis

Amaryllis bulbs can be rebuilt so that they can bloom well the following winter indoors.

August 26, 2021


Deer munching on some flowers

What's Left?

My current garden is a shadow of its former self...thanks to the urban deer population. However, a few stalwart plants persist.

August 19, 2021


Globe amaranth drying


Globe amaranth dries beautifully for winter bouquets.

August 12, 2021


Achillea (yarrow)

The Plant Named for Achilles

Yarrow, “soldier’s woundwart,” “milfoil”—Achillea has many names and many uses.

August 5, 2021


Cracked clay soil

Dry Gardens

During our hot Midwestern summers, it is good for pots to get some afternoon shade. Also, pots dry out more quickly, so it is best to plant annuals in the ground.

July 29, 2021


raindrops on leaf

Surviving Heat

In very hot weather, remember to water your potted plants twice a day as the soil in pots dries out quickly.

July 21, 2021


Mailbox garden

A Mailbox Garden

Choose just a few plants that will need minimum attention, and plant something vigorous around the base of the post to soften it.

July 15, 2021


Backyard pond

Types of Gardens

If I were to start over, and knowing what I now know, I would start with a plan and a clearer idea of the type of garden I wanted.

July 8, 2021


White Snakeroot

White Snakeroot

It was not until the 1920s that it was recognized that cattle that grazed on white snakeroot caused humans to die if they drank the cow’s milk.

July 1, 2021



Harmful Plants

The garden is full of plants that are poisonous. Most are not lethal, but a few are, so it is wise to err on the side of caution.

June 24, 2021


Purple Loosestrife

Beautiful But Noxious: Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife clogs wetlands and waterways, choking out other plants and eliminating food sources for native wildlife. The plant is classified as a federal noxious weed.

June 17, 2021


Hibiscus moscheutos

Native Perennials

Native plants are important to preserve native wildlife and the ecology of our landscape, but some natives will suit our particular climate and garden space better than others.

June 10, 2021


Plant swap

Pass-Along Plants

Some of the best plants in my garden were given to me by other gardeners or came from plant swaps held by garden clubs.

June 3, 2021


Calamintha Nepeta

Lesser Calamint

Dainty and durable and deer resistant—just my kind of plant!

May 27, 2021



Cut Flower Favorite: Alstroemeria

There are bound to be some times of the year when there are no flowers in our gardens, and that is when we just have to buy some! A good reliable flower to buy is the South American native alstroemeria.

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