Biennials

Summer Garden Tips & Garden Tour

Tips for making the most of your summer garden

Life is meant to be lived outside! We spend so much time outside during the summer, and having a great looking lawn and pretty gardens makes sure that time will be far more pleasurable. These summer garden tips will ensure that you have an endless supply of color and lush green lawns all summer long.…

Biltmore Estate Gardens Tour

My husband and I recently spent several days in the mountains of North Carolina with our daughter.  The highlight of the trip was a tour of Biltmore Estate. We enjoyed the tour of the estate, for sure, but what really impressed me was the perennial gardens and conservatory.  I thought my readers would enjoy reading a…

Foxglove Biennial – Digitalis – Poisonous but Gorgeous

Foxglove biennials are a spectacular but poisonous flower

Foxglove biennial plants are spectacular to view.  The term biennial means that the plant will grow for two years and then mainly die off.  Under favorable conditions, they will last a year or two beyond what their normal biennial classification would warrant.  Foxgloves will re-seed themselves easily, so once you have one plant, you garden…

17 Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden

Cottage garden

I love a cottage garden.  I am not a rule follower by nature, especially when it comes to gardens, and I love the way a cottage garden throws caution to the wind in the rule department.   Do you like lots of flowers, flowing lines and a not so formal look? Then  a cottage garden might…

Fresh Herbs – Annual, Perennial or Biennial – Which is Yours?

Is your herb Annual, biennial or perennial?

There is nothing like cooking with, and growing, fresh herbs. If you enjoy vegetable gardening, be sure to have some herbs growing, too. Do you know whether the one you are growing is an annual,  perennial or biennial? This can sometimes be confusing and the answer is not always cut and dried. Are your fresh…

10 Best Herbs for Kitchen Gardens

10 Best Herbs for A Kitchen Garden - thegardeningcook.com/

There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs in recipes.  They add a fullness of flavor that dried herbs just can’t match. And growing herbs for kitchen gardens is so easy to do, everyone should have a few pots of them either on the patio, in the vegetable garden, or even growing indoors…

My Vegetable Garden Make Over

See how I transformed my eyesore garden bed into a combined perennial vegetable border

I love vegetable gardening. There is nothing quite like harvesting and cooking vegetables that you have grown.  There is also nothing quite as depressing as losing all those vegetables to marauding squirrels. After my fiasco last year with the squirrels, I decided to transform my vegetable area into a combined vegetable perennial border.  (see my…

My Garden in May – Lots of Flowers in Bloom Now

This is just a hint of my garden in North Carolina in May. See more great photos and lots of details at thegardeningcook.com

This year has been a series of set backs in my garden.  It is almost the end of May and I’m way behind, but finally have some progress to show for all my work. Things that set me back were: My father’s death in February which resulted in two trips to Maine. A very long…

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one Garden Space

Growing Perennials and Vegetables in the Same Garden Space

Squirrels in my garden last year made vegetable gardening a nightmare for me. This year, I decided to try combining perennials and vegetables in one garden bed to see how it worked out. I have long been interested in growing perennials.  Adding some vegetables into the mix gave my garden beds an interesting new look.…

Raleigh Botanical Gardens Visit

Garden Tour - Raleigh Botanical Gardens

One of my favorite things to do when I have some spare time is to visit Raleigh Botanical Gardens.  I love the new perennial and annual plants that I learn about and it just de-stresses me like nothing else seems to do. Raleigh has a great Botanical Garden called JC Raulston Arboretum. The beauty of…

My Test Garden has Been Included in a Garden Hop

Garden Hop

My test garden has been included in a garden hop.  A gardening group that I belong to on Facebook has put together a group of garden tours to be featured on Facebook, Pinterest and Home Talk.  The tour will take place this weekend and is being heavily promoted on all three sites. Let’s go To…

My Test Garden Transformation in July

Test garden progress

Earlier this year, I wrote about a test garden that I will be having in my back yard.  I am using the garden bed to grow all sorts of things. Some grow well there and some don’t like it at all, but everything gives me more knowledge of what grows well here in NC. The…