Archive for the ‘shade plants’ Category

Let’s Go Wild with Plants & Ponds

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 Posted in Tours, children, container gardens, fairy gardens, garden clubs, garden structure, habitat, lawn replace, organic fertilizers, patio plants, ponds, shade plants, water features, young gardeners | 3 Comments »

Rudbeckia and beebalm (bee balm): What a pleasing combination for us and the wildlife. Even better, this cheery team was planted by the children at Oak Hill Elementary! At home, my Peter’s Purple beebalm finally settled in after Daphne ...

Wild Wonders + Meet the Beetles!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, butterflies, destinations, shade plants, wildflowers | 8 Comments »

I'd love to quilt my garden in winecups! I also adore this soft combination: heartleaf skullcap and artemisia dotted by wayward larkspurs. Soon the heartleaf goes underground until late fall and the larkspurs to seed. The voracious artemisia will cover the spot ...

Are You Afraid of Butterflies?

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, books, butterflies, drought, early spring flowers, fall plants, garden design, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Lepidopterophobia: Fear of butterflies. Hmm, hard to imagine. I DO know that caterpillars scare the garden pants off some folks. But the stork didn’t bring this Swallowtail larva to the dill at Travis County Extension. Another fear: tidiness in all ...

Fall into digging with exciting plants and a garden makeover!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 Posted in Nurseries, bulbs, fall plants, garden design, garden designers, garden projects, perennials, shade plants, succulents | 3 Comments »

Ah, early renewal! Hot days aren’t over yet, but plants are as ready as we are to get back to work. Actually, skeleton-leaf goldeneye daisy never takes vacation. It handles my (composted) clay soil just fine, always looks good, and ...