winter gardening

Hellebores Galore!

Hellebores Galore!

After my garden goes to sleep in the fall I look forward to the approach of winter. Tucked among the ferns are some of my favorite winter blooming perennials: hellebores. I love seeing the evergreen leaves throughout the year and excitedly wait for flowers to emerge during a season when there is little else in bloom.

Winter Pruning Tips

Winter Pruning Tips

Winter is a fine time to prune many trees, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses. Arguably, it's the best time, as you can more easily see the "bones" of the garden, worry less about damaging smaller, neighboring plants, and it gets you out of the house to do something physical. 

7 Things To Do With Your Tree After Christmas

7 Things To Do With Your Tree After Christmas

The holidays are winding down and despite the desire to keep your beautifully-decorated Christmas tree as a centerpiece in your living room forever, at some point (sob!) it's gotta go.   Here are 7 ways to transform your tree into a critter-feeding-&-sheltering-kid-entertaining-garden-mulching-protecting thing of wonder this year, courtesy of our friends at Horticultural Magazine.

Refreshing Your Containers for Fall

Refreshing Your Containers for Fall

Fall is here and, at this point in the season, it’s fun to start thinking about the new plants, colors, and textures for your containers so they will offer continued interest through fall, winter, and even into early spring. It’s the perfect time to get new foliage planted in the containers you would like to refresh so there can be nice root growth before frosts come.

Fall And Winter Prep In My Perennial Garden

Fall And Winter Prep In My Perennial Garden

It's hard to believe that after our long, extremely hot summer it's already time to start planning and prepping for the colder seasons. However, nature and the changes in the garden are telling me that it's the time to start the process

The Winter Garden

As I approached the winter garden, the enjoyable scents started filling my senses. The garden was alive with various shades of flowering hamamelis (witch hazels) and the Garrya ellipitica was feeling proud to display its sensuous catkins letting me know the alders will be soon to follow.