The perfect autumn centerpiece is here! These Pumpkin Succulent Gardens will add beauty to all of your fall celebrations, but the best part may be that the succulents can last much longer. With proper care, you can replant these little beauties and enjoy them for months, if not longer. First, you must mist the Pumpkin Succulent Garden daily with clean water. The succulent roots will begin growing into the moss, and eventually into the pumpkin itself as the shell softens.…
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Posted by Sarah on August 27th 2009 in
Sure there are some hurdles in front of you when you commit to turning asphalt into a lovely landscaped retreat for 12 days. Level the sloped surface? Sure! Keep the hundreds of living plants watered in August heat? No problem! Place dozens of giant boulders? No sweat! We are thrilled for the opportunity to meet folks from around the state and beyond and to let them know what a neat…
Posted by Sarah on July 27th 2009 in
Perennial of the Week:Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa) Although Japanese Forest grass, or Hakonechloa, received the Perennial of the Year award this year I still insist that it is the most underrated perennial in the Minnesota landscape.Simply put – anyone with a shade garden needs some Hakonechloa – essentially the only perennial grass that can tolerant shade, and fortunately one with the most striking foliage color. Native to the mountain regions…
Posted by Sarah on July 17th 2009 in
Getting kids interested in gardening isn’t easy, so try sparking their interest by attracting butterflies. Making a butterfly garden is as easy as planting, watering and watching. As an added bonus, the brightly colored perennial flowers that attract butterflies make excellent cut bouquets for in and around your home. For a successful butterfly garden you will need a warm sunny site for the nectar rich plants to grow. Note: The…
Posted by Sarah on July 12th 2009 in
Perennial of the Week: Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) I tend to get excited about Russian Sage – after all, where can one find a perennial that gets up to four feet tall, features huge clusters of airy blue flowers, is super hardy to Minnesota, attracts butterflies, is drought tolerant and blooms from late June into fall? Perovskia is neither Russian nor a sage… Native to Afghanistan and Tibet, Russian Sage…
Posted by Sarah on June 29th 2009 in
Gardening at the Lake Low maintenance, winter hardy and deer resistant plants for cabin. Why not incorporate some easy maintenance beds to your favorite family get away?If you enjoy plants from a distance when on full retreat at the shoreline, take note of a few of my favorites. Cabin gardening can be even more rewarding than urban gardening at home. The key is to select low maintenance, winter hardy plants…
Posted by Sarah on June 2nd 2009 in
Caring for your tomato plants 1. Plant your tomatoes 12-24” apart, in rows if you are planning a large planting. 2. Plant in a sunny location as the tomato plants need as much light as possible to grow and fruit in our short season. 3. Water your tomato garden slowly and make sure to give the soil a good soaking, as there is little or no value in giving it…