Pink rose over a Garden Path
Start putting in your plants; work the nutrients into your soil. Wet newspapers and put layers around the plants overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers.
Reduce Grass. Every lawn grass -- even those labeled as shade-tolerant -- struggles if it doesn't get enough light. So instead of fighting a big patch of fading grass, keep only a small section of turf and make it a landscape element by surrounding it with a wide swath of shade-loving plants. Or give up the grass and select shade-loving groundcovers
Great fairy gardens. Especially like the one in the book.
Lupins: Lupines are symbolic of imagination. The name "lupinus" actually means "of wolves" due to the mistaken belief that ancient peoples had that lupines robbed the soil of nutrients. The fact is that lupines add nitrogen to the soil. The Romans used lupines for fertilizer and ate the high-protein seeds.
Lupins are growing wild in the hills of California. So beautiful.
Larkspur: For a mass planting, grow plants from seed--it's much less expensive. Sow seed in a sunny location in soil well amended with organic matter like compost. Heavy, slow-draining soils are not good for larkspurs. Cover seed with 1/8 inch of soil. For the biggest flowers, thin seedlings to avoid crowding.
'Warm Summer' Coneflower produces flowers for bouquets from June through August. It fills a garden bed with warm color -- just sow seeds and enjoy flowers later in the season. Name: Echinacea 'Warm Summer' Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: 30 inches tall, 18 inches wide Zones: 4-9 Grow It With: Black-eyed Susan Source: burpee.com
The 'Warm Summer' Coneflower