Low Maintenance Gardening – Call In The Troops!!!!

There are some areas of my yard that refuse to participate in my low maintenance gardening efforts. Some of them are worth the effort, and I gladly (usually) do what needs to be done to get results like this.

Pretty impressive, huh? I think so too. It will look different in a week for . . . → Read More: Low Maintenance Gardening – Call In The Troops!!!!

Heather’s Favorite Low Maintenance Perennials

I’m continuing my quest for a large garden with less maintenance. Parts of my garden are low maintenance, parts are heading in the right direction, and other parts are worth the work. I’ll also continue sharing what I learn, so come back for more.

I recently posted a low maintenance shrub list from Heather at . . . → Read More: Heather’s Favorite Low Maintenance Perennials

Heather’s Favorite Low Maintenance Shrubs

In gardening, the key is planting the right plant in the right place. That seems simple enough. It seems like common sense. It must be what I’ve been doing all these years. Not so much.

When we planted our forsythias some 15 years ago, I didn’t know that it wasn’t the right place for . . . → Read More: Heather’s Favorite Low Maintenance Shrubs

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Wisteria Is SO Worth The Wait

Sometimes you change a word in a saying and it is still absolutely perfect. I agree with

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is now.

I also agree with

The best time to plant a wisteria is 20 years ago. The next best time is . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Wisteria Is SO Worth The Wait

My Absolute Very Most Favorite Zinnias

There was a time when my zinnia bed looked like this:

Pretty impressive, right? They are still short in the picture as it was only July. They quickly grew 3 – 4 feet tall and bloomed all summer. They got lots of sun, and enough air circulation that powdery mildew was non-issue.

But . . . → Read More: My Absolute Very Most Favorite Zinnias

Zone 5 – Favorites On The 5th – You Can Build A Flagstone Patio

I welcome you to ‘Zone 5 Favorites on the 5th’. I’ve started posting on the 5th of every month, redirecting visitors to a favorite posting relative to zone 5.

On this 5th day of the 5th month, I could gripe that our brick path isn’t done. But I’m not going to. Never mind that the . . . → Read More: Zone 5 – Favorites On The 5th – You Can Build A Flagstone Patio

10 Tips For Planting Dahlias

I noticed that not every one of you showed up for Mike’s presentation last night, but I’m still going to share some dahlia growing secrets with you. Sure, you could have learned more if you were at the Lake Zurich Garden Club meeting, or at Mike’s presentation at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, but . . . → Read More: 10 Tips For Planting Dahlias