Ornamental Gardens

Designing Gardens with Fine Foliage

by Seasonal Wisdom on February 25, 2015

Fine foliage sparkles in this northwestern gardenFlowers are fabulous. But what happens to your garden when those flowers stop blooming? The truth is that foliage really matters if you want gorgeous garden beds or containers.  To help you design your garden with spectacular foliage, renowned author and speaker Christina Salwitz shares her garden tips and plant ideas with Seasonal Wisdom.  Come take a peek… Read the full article →

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Slow Flowers Advice from Debra Prinzing

by Seasonal Wisdom on February 5, 2015

Slow flowers for winter arrangementThe weather may still be cold and wintery where you live, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create unique and attractive bouquets.  Even better is when you can find the foliage and flowers for those arrangements locally, or from your own garden.  To learn more, Seasonal Wisdom spoke with Debra Prinzing, a Seattle-based advocate for local flowers, who shares expert bouquet arranging ideas and talks about her latest book, Slow Flowers. Read the full article →

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Find the Power Spot in Your Garden

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 – […]

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Sensational Container Garden Designs

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 […]

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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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