Ornamental Gardens

Find the Power Spot in Your Garden

by Seasonal Wisdom on June 30, 2014

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Gardens are magical places, which can restore our spirits and bring us closer to nature’s miracles. Often our gardens have a “power spot,” which is a just a bit more special and noteworthy than other places in our yards. To learn more, Seasonal Wisdom turned to Jan Johnsen, author of Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection (St Lynn’s Press, 2014).

Come learn how to find the power spot in your garden and create an outdoor space that brings you peace of mind all year long.  All photos from Jan Johnsen, all rights reserved. Read the full article →

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Sensational Container Garden Designs

by Seasonal Wisdom on June 5, 2014

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What makes some container garden designs sing and sparkle, while others seem to fizzle out? For answers, Seasonal Wisdom turned to horticulturist and garden designer Nancy Wallace, who designs more than 300 containers a year for her clients in the Atlanta-Metro area (Zone 7B).

This stunning full shade container is one example. It features Carex ‘Evergold’ (upper left); Hosta ‘June’ (left and right) and Heuchera x villosa ‘Beaujolais’.  This pro agreed to share some of her growing secrets and sensational container garden designs with us. Take a peek…  Read the full article →

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Creating a Lattice Trellis Garden at Your Home

June 20, 2013
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Contributor: Enjoying a lattice trellis garden at home is easy with these tips from Chris Long at Home Depot. Here’s what Chris recommends in this exclusive guest post for Seasonal Wisdom readers…  Summer’s heat can be brutal, particularly for outdoor plants. But before you take up a project to revitalize your struggling outdoor garden, consider taking […]

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Free Gardening Tips, Food Recipes and More

May 3, 2013
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With the gardening season fresh upon us, these helpful resources may come in handy now. Here are free gardening tips for growing foods — from arugula to winter squash — as well as ornamental plants. You’ll find recipes for using edible flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables in your kitchen.  There is advice for the best […]

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Fountains Make Splash at 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

March 2, 2013
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From traditional garden fountains to contemporary styles, such as this one above, water treatments were making a splash at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle recently. Regardless of your design style, you’ll find a good mix of fountains in this post. Come take a look and see for yourself…

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Vertical Gardens Talk at 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

February 6, 2013
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From simple trellises to spectacular living walls, vertical gardening solutions are the subject of Seasonal Wisdom’s upcoming talk at the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, Washington.  This stunning design by Jason Doran of WGLandscape.com – created for his chicken coop! – is just one of the amazing garden ideas you’ll hear about […]

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Preview New Proven Winners Plants

October 9, 2012
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This summer, Seasonal Wisdom had the chance to preview several exciting Proven Winners® introductions, including this striking  ‘Cheyenne Sky’ Panicum virgatum ornamental grass in front of bright orange mums. This attractive switch grass was introduced by Proven Winners in 2012. But several of these new plants will arrive at your local independent garden center in Spring 2013. […]

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Colorful Coleus and Other New Container Plants

July 31, 2012
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Are you looking for colorful coleus, impatiens, verbena and other charming container plants that are easy to grow? Come take a peek at a few container design ideas from my garden, which feature hot, new plant varieties — along with some old favorites. These pots feature the new striking Coleus Under the Sea™ ‘Bone Fish’ […]

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Creating a Cottage Garden

July 9, 2012
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A proper cottage garden, explains Oxford Dictionary, is defined as “an informal garden stocked typically with colourful flowering plants.” And that’s the type of garden I’ve created at my home (Zone 6B/7), as you can see above. From self-seeding poppies and German chamomile to richly aromatic roses, lavenders and sages, you’ll find my gardening style […]

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Learn How To Make (And Win) A Terrarium

March 5, 2012
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Indoor plants can be challenging. No matter how many hours I spend on my gardens outside, I often forget to water, feed and care for plants growing inside my home. That’s why terrariums are ideal. Once established, terrariums need almost no care at all, making them ideal for new gardeners and kids’ projects. This post […]

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