I’m Learning How to Grow Lilacs

I look forward to seeing my hydrangeas grow and bloom this year, but first I will see the lilacs bloom. I don’t have very impressive lilac bushes, I will admit. The yard is very shady and I am not used to dealing with this type of plant. Lilacs don’t grow in Florida, where I lived…

I Want Some Dandelions!

In my area of the country (New Hampshire) there are no signs of spring, let alone dandelions! It’s mid-March and the temps have barely been out of the 20’s lately. A lot of snow still covers the ground and it’s frozen solid. Only the little melted circle over the septic tank gives me a view…

Yes, Blooms This Year! Bearded Iris in Blue and White

This is the first time I have seen flowers on my blue and white iris that was planted about 2 years ago. Last summer there were lots of leaves, but no blooms. So to see the stalk shoot up from those tall, flat leaves and end up with four buds, was very exciting for me!…

Perennial Flowers That Like Shade

I’d like to write about tall perennials that like shade, but I haven’t come across any.  The best flower for shade is the astilbe (shown).  It has pretty leaves and shoots up tall, colorful and feathery-looking flowers.  It is available in many colors and I especially love the white.  But the flowers are tall and…

Add Bright Red Monarda to Your Hydrangea Garden

Most people love to see a variety of color in a flower garden.  Along with the mix of sizes and shapes of shrubbery, getting colors to pop and draw the eye to a visual treat is most important. Hydrangeas can stand alone and be wonderful, but imagine them as the focal point in a diverse…

Planting a Garden In Tiers: Flowering Perennials For the Middle Section

I picture a tiered garden in three sections.  The tall, back section which will be the backdrop for the rest of the garden flowers;  the front area which will hold the ground cover plants and low growing annuals and / or perennials;  and the middle section which holds everything else! Filling in the central part…

Eating The Flowers That You Grow

I have found that I will not be snipping my hydrangea buds to add to my salads!  In fact, hydrangeas are poisonous, so they are best left on the bush or in a vase. But there are many flowers to grow and eat and I’ve just recently become interested in doing  just that.  Last year…