Prairie Garden Designs for the home garden, Landscaping designs

Against a backdrop of gently swaying tall Grasses, this garden recreates the look of a prairie wildflower meadow. Make sure you have enough room for the Saccharum Grass-it gets huge! If space is limited, you may want to use Calamagrostis `Karl Foerster’ in its place. Give this garden a full day’s sun and average soil. Before planting, clear the area […]

Garden, Lamppost Full-Circle Plan

Garden, Lamppost Full-Circle An elegant touch for any landscape is a lamppost surrounded by beautiful perennials. You don’t even need a lamppost to create this floral display. You can substitute a signpost, small tree, trelllis or a metal or wooden post with a decorative top. (Consider, for example, a post topped by a charming weather vane.) To create an easy-care […]

Garden Plan, Versatile Corner

into a beautiful perennial display with the colorful plants selected for this Versatile Corner Garden. While the diagram is designed to fit in an 8′ x 8′ area, the 14 plants can be arranged on a corner or a home or in dozens of different ways in any shaped area of approximately 64 sq. ft. and still benefit from the […]

Shady Oasis Garden Designs for the home garden, Landscaping designs

Shady Oasis garden, a woodland wildflower retreat Gardening Hints Plant near the brightest edge of a high canaopy of deciduous trees protected from the hot afternoon sun. Zone 4 gardeners can have this garden by simply subsituting the Chelone obliqua with another Physostegia or Astilbe. Adequate moisture is the key to success in a woodland garden. Drip irrigation and biannual […]

Silver and Blue Garden Designs for the home garden, Landscaping designs

If you yearn for a special place of relaxation and contemplation, consider planting this garden of silvery foliage and calming shades of lavender and blue. This serene, cool-palette garden includes touches of white and soft yellow for accent. Many of these perennials are wonderfully fragrant—the scented blossoms of Lavender, Dianthus, and Butterfly Bush partner with the aromatic foliage of the […]

Southwest Dry Garden Designs for the home garden, Landscaping designs

Southwest Dry Garden Design Helpful Hints Southwest garden plants are drought tolerant and sun loving and should be placed in the sunniest location of your yard. Be sure to keep the ground evenly moist after planting to help extablish your perennial border. This collection looks spectacular planted in a rocky garden area. If you live in Zone 5, choose replacements […]

White Flower Garden Designs for the home garden, Landscaping designs

Many of us want something out of the ordinary – a departure from the evergreen foundation shrubs that have come to be the standard look for the American front yard. However, since this area is key to the first impression visitors have of your home, something rather elegant and understated is desirable. This design is an attractive option—a composition of […]

Woodland Border Garden Designs for the home garden, Landscaping designs

A cool, moist, shady, woodland area makes the ideal setting for Ferns and other shade-loving perennials. Planted nearby a forest or under a canopy of deciduous trees creates a very original and naturalistic woodland feeling. Ferns provide seasonal interest and add bold textures to brighten the shady summer woodland garden. Once established, Ferns are some of the most valuable and […]

Pastel Flower Garden Designs for the home garden, Landscaping designs

Flowering in this garden, comprised of pastel and white flowering plants, will begin early with the Lavender and Columbine, and end with the Aster ‘Woods Pink: Some plants, such as Scabiosa ‘Pink Mist,’ may also add late fall color. Throughout the season, Ajuga Burgundy Glow’ will provide a soft pastel edging after its blue flowers of spring have ended. This […]

Perennial Corner Garden Design for the home garden, Landscaping designs

This garden, designed as a corner planting, uses durable, easy-to-grow perennials that, once established, will give years of pleasure with little care. Some, such as Achillea ‘Ballerina, will spread gradually, while others, such as the Grasses, will maintain a slowly enlarging dump for many years. This combination suggests the use of only one woody plant, the Yew, to contrast with the […]