Yearly Archives: 2015


5 Gorgeous Bearded #Irises! #flowers #flower #flowerpower

      Our collection of 5 gorgeous Bearded Irises consists of: Tropical Butterfly (top left of collage) Indian Chief Bearded Iris (top right of collage) Heirloom Bearded Iris (bottom left of collage) Sonata in Blue Bearded Iris (bottom middle of collage) Lady Friend (bottom right of collage) For delightful pics and videos of each […]

5 Stunning Bearded #Irises! how to garden beginner gardener

Winter Red Welcomes the Holidays! beginner gardener how to garden

#Winter #Red Welcomes the #Holidays! #holidayseason

        Winter Red Welcomes the Holidays! For true gardeners, Winter ushers in a time of rest, recuperation, and planning for Spring. Typically, the Winter landscape is bland and unforgiving. Fortunately, we have discovered a few shrubs that can add color, volume and interest to your Winter landscape. The following shrubs add vivid […]


#Camellia #Yuletide Blooms 4 #HolidaySeason! #redflowers #flowers

  Our huge Christmas Camellia is ready for the holidays! It’s sporting bright red and yellow blooms and is standing 10 feet tall. We purchased the Camellia at a plant nursery in Chincoteague, Virginia about 7 years ago. It was about 18 inches tall at that time. It’s very easy to grow and maintain. We […]

Camellia "Yuletide" beginner gardener how to garden

4 Reasons to #Grow Burning Bush! #autumn #landscape

It’s Fall in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our Burning Bush leaves are transitioning to red! Here are 4 reasons to grow Burning Bush in your landscape: Burning Bush is very easy to maintain. Just prune once per year to maintain shape. Burning Bush will give you brilliant red leaves in the Fall. […]

Burning Bush beginner gardener how to garden

Purple & Red Salvia! how to garden beginner gardener

#Hummingbirds Love Purple & Red #Salvia!

  Salvia is absolutely one of our favorite flowers! We love the tall spikes of flowers, and especially enjoy watching the hummingbirds feed several times per day. Salvia can be a little tempermental, so follow these tips to keep your Salvia happy! Prune dead blooms using quality pruning shears, such as Fiskars Traditional Bypass Pruning […]


#Morning #Glory #Vine Pretty but Invasive … #purpleflowers

  It’s late Summer in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our Morning Glory vine is in full bloom! Morning Glory blooms are a very pretty purple, and they bloom in the morning. Morning Glory vine is extremely easy to grow. We planted a few seeds in the ground and they grew quickly. It […]

Morning Glory Bloom how to garden beginner gardener

Pretty Purple Petunias how to garden beginner gardener

Pretty #Purple #Petunias! #flowers #flowerpower #purpleflowers

We live in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.A. It rarely goes below 20 degrees in the winter. We have Petunias in containers that self-seed and return year after year! Here a 7 tips to get free Petunias every year: After the first hard frost, when the temperature goes below 32 degrees, do not cut […]


Magenta #Vinca Blooming! #flowerpower #flowers #containergardening

We bought lots of Vinca this season. Our pretty magenta Vinca are planted in a large container with a pink geranium. We have noticed that geraniums don’t do as well when they have to share a container. Vincas are one of our top “maintenance-free” plants! Here are 7 reasons to grow and enjoy Vincas in […]

Magenta Vinca Blooming! how to garden beginner gardener

Side Garden (Golden Yarrow) how to garden beginner gardener

6 Steps to Design a #Garden! #gardendesign

        When we turn the corner and walk down the hill, our Side Garden stands up and greets us everyday! I have always loved Side Gardens. When I was growing up, my parents had a Side Garden of Irises, Lilies, Roses, and Azaleas. Side Gardens are typically not as visible from inside […]


5 #GardeningTips to #Grow Golden Yarrow! #flowers

    Golden Yarrow is one of our favorite perennials! It occupies the center of our Side Garden. It grows to about 3 feet tall and just as wide. The blooms are unique because they are flat across the top. The leaves are feathery, similar to ferns. Following are 5 tips to grow Golden Yarrow: […]

Golden Yarrow beginner gardener how to garden

Myrtle Beach Flora beginner gardener how to garden

3 Gorgeous #MyrtleBeach #Gardens! #gardening #garden

    Coleus, Caladium, and Hibiscus plants produce a stunning display of color and texture! After eating breakfast at Magnolia’s on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, we noticed a bright stand of colorful leaves surrounding tropical Hibiscus flowers. What a gorgeous combination!   For beginner gardeners, you may have a problem with deer because Coleus […]


#MyrtleBeach #Caladium #Coleus #Croton! #gardening

    We Love Myrtle Beach! It’s like visiting a tropical island with all the conveniences and amenities of home. Palm trees, ocean breeze, and sunny skies invite us back year after year. While taking a stroll down Ocean Boulevard, we noticed a stunning garden near the Breakers Resort. A combination of Coleus, Croton, Salvia, […]

Myrtle Beach Coleus & Crotons beginner gardener how to garden

Side Garden (Milkweed, White Lilies, Barberry) beginner gardener how to garden

15 Gorgeous #Plants in Our Side #Garden! #gardens #gardening

        When we turn the corner and walk down the hill, our Side Garden stands up and greets us everyday! I have always loved Side Gardens. When I was growing up, my parents had a Side Garden of Irises, Lilies, Roses, and Azaleas. Side Gardens are typically not as visible from inside […]


6 Reasons to #Grow #Milkweed #Shrub in Your #Garden!

  The name “milkweed” doesn’t sound like a very attractive name. When gardeners think of “weeds,” positive thoughts typically don’t come to our minds. However, there are 5 reasons to grown ‘Milkweed Bush” in your garden: Monarch butterflies are attracted to gardens with a milkweed bush. The milkweed bush is a host plant for Monarch […]

Milkweed Bush beginner gardener how to garden

Day Lilies (Yellow) beginner gardener how to garden

4 Ways #DayLilies Dazzle #Garden! #lily #lilies

    Our dazzling, durable and dependable Day Lilies are at the top of our “maintenance-free” list! Here are 4 reasons to grow and enjoy Day Lilies in your garden: Day Lilies Lilies are durable, dependable perennials that multiply every year! Day Lilies do not require fertilizer. However, if you like to apply fertilizer, use […]


5 Reasons to #Grow Asiatic #Lilies! #orangeflowersarethebest

    We have so many favorites! Asiatic Lilies are at the top of our “maintenance-free” list! Here are 5 reasons to grow and enjoy Asiatic Lilies in your garden: Asiatic Lilies have large, stunning blooms that attract attention! Asiatic Lilies are durable, dependable perennials that multiply every year! Asiatic Lilies do not require fertilizer. […]

Asiatic Lilies (Orange) beginner gardener how to garden

Neon Spirea Shrub beginner gardener how to garden

8 Reasons to #Grow Neon Spirea in Your #Garden & #Landscape!

    Neon Spirea is our favorite easy-maintenance flowering shrub! It is extremely easy to maintain and it blooms beautiful magenta flowers consistently throughout summer! What are 8 reasons to grow Neon Spirea in your garden? Neon Spirea blooms gorgeous magenta clusters of flowers beginning in late Spring, and continuing throughout Summer! Neon Spirea are […]


Historic Ephrata PA "Cloisters" how to garden beginner gardener

3 Reasons to Visit Historic Ephrata, Pennsylvania! #travel

  Traveling to historic Ephrata Pennsylvania was like traveling into a time machine. The Cloisters religious community has maintained their way of life from the 1700s. The buildings look like large barns. The style of dress is similar to the Amish. The grounds are beautifully maintained, as you will see in the videos. We visited […]


#Red #Roses in Full Bloom! #flowers #redroses #redflowers

It’s mid Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our Red Roses are in full bloom! Roses are a very popular shrub because of their beautiful layered blooms! To ensure continuous blooms, fertilize roses in early Spring and Autumn. Use an organic rose fertilizer such as Espoma Rose-tone 6-6-4 Plant Food 20 Pounds […]

Red Roses beginner gardener how to garden

#DIY Oak Tree Pruning! how to garden beginner gardener

#DIY #Tree #Pruning! #prune #howtoprune #trees

Spring and Fall are excellent times to prune trees! It gives cut branches time to mend before the stress of Summer and Winter. We are pruning our Oak tree because the lower branches are reaching into the sidewalk area. Do-it-yourself pruning will save hundreds of dollars over the long-term. Use a quality pair of tree […]


4 Ways Oak #Trees Add Value to #Landscape! #landscaping

      We love huge, majestic trees, and one of our favorites is our Oak tree! Here are 4 ways Oak Trees improve your landscape and home: One way Oak Trees improve your landscape is by bringing beautiful Autumn gold and burnt orange color to your Fall landscape. It’s a beautiful tree and the […]

Oak Tree in Early Fall how to garden beginner gardener

Purple Salvia Perennial beginner gardener how to garden

#Bees Love Purple #Salvia! #flowers #purpleflowers

  It’s Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our Purple Salvia are blooming! Purple Salvia are perennials that return every year. The flowers are spikes of miniature purple flowers. Purple Salvia is very easy to maintain. Just prune the spikes once the flowers turn light brown. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer such […]


“Indian Chief” Bearded #Irises! #flowers #flower #flowerpower

  It’s Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our “Indian Chief” Bearded Irises are blooming! These Irises are burgundy with gold accents. We have an abundance of Bearded Irises this year. We can only assume it is due to the frequent rains this season. To learn the secret to continuous Iris blooms every […]

"Indian Chief" Bearded #Irises beginner gardener how to garden

Clematis Vine Flowers! how to garden beginner gardener

4 Secrets to Gorgeous #Clematis #Flowers! #flowerpower #flower

      It’s Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our Clematis Vine is blooming! The deep burgundy blooms are large and eye-catching! For the beginner gardener, Clematis Vines can be a bit of a challenge. What are the 4 secrets to large Clematis blooms every Spring? Secret #1: The first secret […]


#Prune #Evergreens to Maintain Shape & Size!

    Early Spring is an excellent time to prune non-flowering shrubs and evergreens! Our Front Sidewalk Garden contains evergreen shrubs that grow consistently. They require very little maintenance; just prune with quality pruning shears such as Fiskars 25-33 Inch Power-Lever Extendable Hedge Shear (9169), to maintain shape and size. When the evergreens were young, […]

Prune Evergreens to Maintain Shape & Size beginner gardener how to garden

"Sonata in Blue" Bearded Iris beginner gardener how to garden

“Sonata in Blue” Bearded #Iris #Flowers! #blueflowers

  It’s Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our “Sonata in Blue” Bearded Iris are blooming! These Irises are usually light blue in color, but this year they are deep lavendar or light purple. We can only assume it is due to the abundant rains this season. If anyone knows why Bearded […]


Snowmound #Spirea #Flowers Look Like #Snow! #shrubs

  Snowmound Spirea shrub blooms in mid Spring and the dainty white flowers look like a layer of snow has fallen! It blooms consistently every year, and the shrub is very easy to maintain. For beginner gardeners, the Spirea variety of shrubs are excellent choices because they are very easy to maintain! For details on […]

Snowmound Spirea Blooms Look Like Snow! beginner gardener how to garden

“Tropical #Butterfly” Bearded #Iris Blooms! #flowers

  It’s Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and we are excited to see our “Tropical Butterfly” Iris blooming! if you will notice, we don’t have many Irises blooming because the Irises have become crowded. When you view the below video, you will see an excellent example of many Iris plants with no […]

"Tropical Butterfly" Bearded Iris how to garden beginner gardener

"Lady Friend" Bearded Iris beginner gardener how to garden

Nature’s Version of Raspberry Lollipops! #Irises #flowers #flower

  It’s Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our “Lady Friend” Bearded Iris are blooming! These Irises are so beautiful in color that they remind us of raspberry lollipops! We have more Irises this year because it rained quite a bit this Spring. Therefore, we have learned that Irises like to stay […]


#Tinkerbell Bearded #Irises! #flowers #blueflowers

  It’s Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our “Tinkerbell” Bearded Iris are blooming! Tinkerbell Irises are smaller Irises, about 6 to 8 inches tall. They multiply quickly, so if you enjoy giving away plants to your neighbors, friends, and relatives, these are the perfect Irises for you!     For the […]

"Tinkerbell" Bearded Iris beginner gardener how to garden

Bearded Iris beginner gardener how to garden

#Heirloom #Garden: Bearded #Irises & Tiger #Lilies! #gardening

          We call this our “Heirloom Garden,” which is a combination of Bearded Irises and Tiger Lilies. The Irises and Tiger Lilies were transplanted from my Mom’s garden 15 years ago. Therefore, we call them our “heirloom” Irises and Tiger Lilies.The Bearded Irises are just starting to bloom. The Tiger Lilies […]


Autumn Transition (Pyracantha Teton, Oak tree, Golden Barberry, Pumpkin Chrysanthemum) beginner gardener how to garden

What #Shrub Sports #Orange #Berries in #Autumn?

  Pyracantha Teton is a thorny shrub that grows upright and dense. Here are 5 reasons to grow Pyracantha Teton in your garden: (1) Pyracantha Teton adds bright orange color to your Fall garden. (2) If you would like to create a natural border, Pyracantha Teton has thorns which discourage animals and humans. (3) Pyracantha […]


Top 5 #LowMaintenance #Perennials! #flowers #shrubs

                            Are you looking for beautiful blooms that come back every year with little to no work? If so, we have good news for you! We have developed a list of our favorite perennials that give us great blooms year after year! […]

A Perfect Day Lily! how to garden beginner gardener

Pink Primrose [Photo Courtesy: www.lindasgarden_net]

#Primrose Are Early #Spring #Flowers! #flower #flowerpower

                    Primrose are our favorite “no maintenance” flower! Here are 8 reasons to grow Primrose in your garden: Primrose bloom pretty flowers every Spring. They add a bright spot of color to your garden Primrose multiply are their own. You plant them once and they multiply […]


White #Hyacinth Light Up Evening Sky! #flowers

                  It’s early Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our White Hyacinth are finally in bloom! Five reasons to grow hyacinth in your garden are: Hyacinth are hardy plants that require very little maintenance. Hyacinth are deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant. Over time, hyacinth bulbs multiply […]

White Hyacinth Blooming in Early Spring Evening how to garden beginner gardener

Liriope how to garden beginner gardener

Why #Prune #Liriope in Early #Spring? #pruning #howtoprune

    Variegated Liriope is a perennial groundcover that provides interest year round. The spike leaves are light green and white in color. We have Variegated Liriope in our Front Sidewalk Garden. Why cut back Liriope in early Spring? It forces fresh, new growth! For beginner gardeners, Liriope is an excellent choice! It is a […]