From the category archives:

Plan & Design

Sequencing of your new garden construction

March 13, 2008

Whether you are a do-it-yourself gardener, or plan to hire a contractor to create your new landscape, it makes sense to plan your project in advance. As some really smart guy said, “Fail to plan and you plan to fail”. Lack of a sequencing plan will cause unnecessary delays, and can cost you money. Here [...]

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Should you hire a designer?

March 7, 2008

For me, much of the fun of creating a new garden is the design process. It gives me an opportunity to ‘think through’ a landscape on paper before I begin planting. Beside the enjoyment I get from drawing, a plan saves money, time and provides myself or a client with a better understanding of what [...]

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Collecting rainwater

March 6, 2008

In many parts of the country there are critically severe droughts and thirsty plants are not happy plants. Eventually rains will come so why not capture some of that rainwater to be used later? I’ve been searching collection methods and this guy has taken it to a whole new level. If you’re interested in check [...]

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Trees for small spaces.

February 27, 2008

Here are a couple of my favorite trees for small scale gardens. Acer palmatum- Japanese maple- No flowers on this tree but look for a a nice fall display of color. The reason I included this here is because, for a small space where the tree will be seen at close range, the fine feathery [...]

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Extend your living space with Garden Lights.

February 26, 2008

Almost every garden can be improved and living areas extended with the addition of an illumination system. For the most part these systems are pretty easy to install and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Here are some lighting basics for you. Garden lighting can be divided into two basic categories: Low Voltage or [...]

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Butterfly Gardens

February 25, 2008

I just had to pass this site along too. I’m always looking for plants I can recommend to use in butterfly gardens and if you take a look at the photos here you will see a couple more to add to the list. http://www.gardenstew.com/blog/e3368-13-if-you-like-pretty-flowershere-are–some-more.html Rees Cowden No Brown Thumbs!!!

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Landscape Plans step #2

February 24, 2008

A critical step in planning a landscape or garden is developing your ideas and on paper first, before you start digging. This step will save you time, dollars, sweat and frustration and could be fun too. It’s actually a great way to get your gardening fix while there is still snow on the ground. I [...]

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Landscape Plans -Step #1 Formal or Informal?

February 19, 2008

Formal or Informal? In this thread, I hope to help newbie gardeners with the planning phase of a new yard or a garden renovation project. I am addressing this primarily to “do-it-yourselfers”, but even if you are planning to hire a designer or a Landscape Architect (I’ll have more on that in a a later [...]

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