My formula when choosing plants for my garden: focus on my three favorite colors, plus or minus white.
Necessity is indeed the mother of invention, and circumstances shape our preferences and thus our plant collections.
Survey your garden and try to imagine it in spring and summer, and identify dead spots and relocate new perennial divisions to those.
In the Midwest, May is the month when our bearded iris bloom, and they are often combined in beds with the multi-petaled peony, another May-flowering perennial.
Ninety percent of the bulbs in home flower gardens belong to just 6 genera: Narcissus, Tulipa, Hyacinthus, Iris, Lilium and Gladiola.
In late February in my Midwestern garden, I delight in the green, sprouting foliage of little bulbs. It is evidence that the tiniest flowers are the bravest.
Grab a spade, and remind yourself that most gardeners learn their best lesson through trial and error.
I can satisfy my addiction to flowers even while I mail the bills.
Many flowering plants were first cultivated because they were useful rather than decorative.