Smoke bush - this is a wonderful bush for the garden. The blooms are very airy, thus the name "smoke" bush. Also changes colors with the seasons. Highly drought tolerant, tree/shrub
7 tips for growing mad giant basil plants | Offbeat Home
Adding to my flower garden this year! Angelonia -It's easy to grow and flowers profusely, great plant for our dry spells and heat. Not fussy about soil either. Butterflies love it!
If they die we die - help them in your garden by planting open single head flowers, planting the same plants in clusters rather than peppered around the garden, plant for a succession of flowers throughout the year. Some good varieties include snowdrops, aconites, blackthorn, mahonia, hollyhocks, foxgloves, forget me nots, borage, lavender, wild thyme, buddleia and let the clover grow in your lawn. If you have space for a wild patch they also love dandelion and nettle.
This is the coolest gardening site EVER! On the Gardener's Supply Company website you can design your own garden beds by clicking and dragging the plants you want, where you want them. Then you can print your planting map WITH very detailed planting directions. This is just what I have been looking for! Hurray!!!:)
Little outdoor nook.
Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year - spring and fall.
Simple soil test and how to upgrade your soil structure. Fill quart jar 1/3 full of topsoil and add water to almost full. Shake to dissolve clumps & let jar sit overnight to determine soil structure and how to improve it. Excellent stuff on this site.
A photo gallery of containers with instructions to plant and description of flower. One of the best I've seen.
1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt 1 gallon water A watering can 1. Combine the Epsom salt and water. 2. Use the solution to water your plants. 3. Repeat once a month. Why This Works--Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate – both vital plant nutrients. Some magnesium-loving plants to try it on: houseplants, roses, peppers, tomatoes and pot
Tomato Plants . Hungry cutworms attack young vegetables. Protect your tomatoes by giving them a collar of newspaper. Or cut the top and bottom off a tin can and sink that into the soil around your plants. It creates a barrier that forces the cutworms to go looking for another dinner.
Glowing Orbs. Looks high end, costs very little. Made from light fixture globes and a strand of Christmas lights.
21 best crops for home gardens (guess what we're planning on doing this year, hopefully)
In a Weekend Create a new planting bed Add contrast and color to your home exterior with a new planting bed. Prime spots are at the front corners of the yard, along driveways or walkways, and immediately in front of the house. When creating a new bed, choose features that will frame your home rather than obscure it. Opt for stone or precast-concrete blocks to edge the bed. Include a mix of plant size, color, and texture for optimal results
20 ways to add curb appeal, whether you're selling or not. I want to do every one of them!
Ten Mistakes New Herb Gardeners Make (and How to Avoid Them!)