Archive for the ‘companion plants’ Category

Banish Bermuda grass for gardens

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Posted in Tours, bulbs, chickens, companion plants, early spring flowers, garden design, garden designers, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, perennials, shade plants, succulents, vegetables, winter color | 14 Comments »

Over the years, I’ve whittled away grass, because there are so many fun plants out there! I’m keen on bulbs, especially for endearing combinations, like my long-term Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ and 3-year-old Yucca pallida. This leucojum (Leucojum aestivum) surprised me by ...

Groundcovers made for the shade; spiritual healing garden

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 Posted in Techniques, companion plants, container gardens, crafts, drought, fall plants, garden design, groundcovers, healing gardens, lawn replace, philosophy, shade plants | 31 Comments »

Is it true? Is fall here at last? In any case, ‘Butterpat’ chrysanthemum is ready! Since we’re finally around the heat bend, it’s time to plant. This week Daphne explains why we should firm the soil around our plants. Why is ...

Fall in love with autumn bulbs and grasses

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 Posted in annuals, books, bulbs, companion plants, fall plants, fruit trees, garden design, herbs, lawn replace, native plants, recipes, wildflowers, wildlife | 6 Comments »

Big day in my garden! The autumn daffodils (Sternbergia lutea) popped up reliably a year after planting. These small crocus-like plants, native to the Mediterranean, are cute companions for red oxblood lilies and spider lilies (Lycoris radiata). Last fall on CTG, Chris ...

Fuzzy Wuzzy Plants

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 Posted in Insects, Summer plants, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, companion plants, lawn replace, native plants | 8 Comments »

When it’s hot enough to scald our eyeballs walking across the street, garden fuzzie wuzzies tame our steaming souls.  Doesn’t this downy silk make you feel cooler already? As you can imagine, the purpose behind this floss inside milkweeds (Asclepia) is ...