Is it me, or does the garden path set the stage for the entire garden? I’ve seen a garden path that probably cost more than our home, and yet another garden path that was beautifully simple and wouldn’t cost anything. I loved both. While looking over photos from the Garden Writers Association conference in Atlanta I noticed a pattern in my photographs. At almost every home I took photos of the garden path which led through the landscape. This contemporary path features huge cement pavers with (my favorite!) Mexican blue river rock between them. Pros: these large stones and river rocks will not move and will feel good on your feet. Cons: Expensive. Natural stones with dwarf mondo grass creates a garden path that will look very natural.… Read Full Post
As part of our yard renovation this year we wanted to make the most out of every inch of space. This DIY trellis project along our fence was the answer for this difficult area. The small size of our yard, and my plant obsession, means we needed to look for vertical solutions to create the most impact. Trees are one way to add vertical interest, but with our neighbor’s palms and an already shady space, trellises made the most sense. There are lots of options for trellises and I highlighted several HERE. For this part we decided an inexpensive, easy DIY trellis was just what we needed. I am going to cover it with plants anyway! DIY trellis materials: I purchased this 3′ wide welded wire fencing from Home Depot. … Read Full Post
Short on space? Trying to block the neighbor’s view? Adding a trellis may be the solution you need. From edible vegetables to beautiful flowering vines, trellises can contain plants and keep them growing well in small spaces. Creating Privacy A trellis is a simple way to add a visual barrier for unwanted views. Providing instant privacy, ornamental panels may not even require plants to do their job. I prefer to use premade panels with wide lattice in this situation, blocking views without much effort. You can find more on this project installing privacy panels here. Existing chain link fences can also work to your advantage. Consider a fast growing vine to weave throughout and keep a green barrier intact. Good plants for this include passionvine, sky vine and confederate jasmine.… Read Full Post
Miss Smarty Plants named to Top 100 Gardening Blog list! I am so happy to share that MissSmartyPlants has been named to the top 100 gardening blogs list. What an honor! There are some truly great gardening resources on this list so I hope you take time to look over some of these wonderful sites. You can see the full list of top gardening blogs here.… Read Full Post
As part of the Great Yard Renovation of 2016 we created a special succulent container garden display area in our front yard. This was really the part of our landscape design plan about which I was most unsure. But I realize there are times when we all need to step out of our comfort zone (i.e. hedges and groundcovers) and try something new. This project is certainly that. In my mind this achieved several goals: – It cleared all (yes, all!) of my potted plants off our our back deck. This pretty much sold Mike on the whole thing. – It actually gives the succulents better growing conditions. Our front yard is much sunnier than the back. I make the argument that I have to keep these because of the presentations I give on growing succulents in Florida.… Read Full Post
Finally getting around to removing this huge tree from my yard is making me very happy. Removing viburnum might be one of my best gardening moments. Okay, probably not really, but it is still a good feeling. I consider viburnum to be my nemesis. Finally getting around to removing this huge tree from my yard is making me very happy. Removing viburnum might be one of my best gardening moments. Okay, probably not really, but it is still a good feeling. I consider viburnum to be my nemesis.You may be thinking to yourself, “why would someone find so much pleasure in removing viburnum from their yard?” A very good question indeed. The University of Florida’s publication on Viburnum odoratissimum states, “Often used as a screen or clipped hedge, its dense, spreading, evergreen habit makes Sweet Viburnum suitable for use as a small tree, reaching 25 to 30 feet tall and wide at maturity, with a dense, multibranched, rounded canopy.” I just don’t have room for a plant this big!… Read Full...
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