June is National Perennial Gardening month and an appropriate time to extol the virtues of these repeating blooming beauties.
I like to think of all the green in our gardens as a ‘little black dress’; it is classic and never goes out of style. You can use that black dress as a background palette, dolling it up each year with accessories featuring whatever is the hot fashion color that year.
The hot days of summer! Plants that were lush and full of flowers in the spring are fading away due to the heat and your fall blooms are still several weeks out. So what do you do when your garden is in the summer transition? Focus on the colors and textures of foliage!
So many gardeners, especially those with little to no experience, approach gardening with some doubt and fear. What if I kill it? What if my neighbors think my garden is ugly? What if my friend with a green thumb tells me I’m doing things wrong? What if...
I recently visited Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum in Nashville on a chilly and overcast Saturday morning. I was there to check out the beautiful Christmas trees and live reindeer that are part of their “Holiday at Cheekwood” event.
One of the best things I ever did as a new gardener learning about plants and garden design was touring local public gardens and parks as well as gardens in my own neighborhood. Not only did I get to know some pretty remarkable gardeners who were more than happy to share their garden knowledge with me, I was able to see how a garden and its plants changed day-to-day.
I first fell for azaleas watching the Masters Golf Tournament every April. The landscaped areas of Augusta National in Georgia are overflowing with exquisite azaleas that pop on camera and in person. Sure, Augusta has professionals tending their azaleas but home gardeners can get the look with repeat super bloomer azalea varieties - Always Azaleas™ in Smart & Stylish Shrubs™ from the HGTV HOME Plant Collection.