Skip to Content

Outdoor Plants

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

There is nothing quite like the flavor of fresh herbs for cooking.  Growing herbs is something that many cooks try their hand at, to have them on hand all the time. 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 …

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

Budget Front Yard Make Over and a Summer Garden Blog Hop

Charming Seating Area with this Budget Front Yard Makeover. I am all about gardening on a budget.  With the amount of garden beds that I have, (8 and counting!) I have to be. I had a neglected Pine tree garden that was in dire need of a make over and I wanted to make it …

Read More about Budget Front Yard Make Over and a Summer Garden Blog Hop

2014 Holiday Gardening Gift Guide – 11 Great Garden Gifts

Fill the stockings of your plant loving friends with these Gardening Gift Guide Suggestions. Anyone who gardens is normally on the look out for different gardening products and gadgets, so I have created a Gardening Cook 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  If you are looking for something special to treat someone that you love who spends …

Read More about 2014 Holiday Gardening Gift Guide – 11 Great Garden Gifts

Nature Photos- A collection of Nature at Its Best

Explore Nature at Its Best in Photos Since I am a gardener, it stands to reason that I love everything beautiful in nature. There are times that I am simply amazed by the beautiful, unusual and sometimes humble side of our planet.  I especially love unusual nature photos. I thought it would be fun to …

Read More about Nature Photos- A collection of Nature at Its Best

How to Grow Baptisia Australis

Baptisia Australis perennials are rugged and easy to grow.  Their lupine-like spires of bloom are real attention getters and they have season long interest from foliage too.   They are also often referred to as wild indigo.  Baptisia Australis is Easy to Grow I have transplanted divisions of my original small plant many times in my garden …

Read More about How to Grow Baptisia Australis

Strawberry Begonia – Great as a house plant or a ground cover

I’ve always considered strawberry begonia plants as an indoor plant, since that is the way that I have generally grown them.  But I had a surprise this year when I discovered that the plant is a hardy perennial for me here in North Carolina. Growing Requirements for Strawberry Begonia Plants I purchased several small strawberry …

Read More about Strawberry Begonia – Great as a house plant or a ground cover

Mexican Hat Coneflower – Sombrero Perennial

My local garden center does not often have plants that are too much out of the ordinary, so I was delighted to find this Mexican Hat coneflower right here for sale in Raleigh.  This interesting variety of coneflower is also called the “Red Prairie Coneflower.” The perennial served as a dye source for Native Americans …

Read More about Mexican Hat Coneflower – Sombrero Perennial

5 Generations in One Garden Bed

My family has long loved gardening.  It all started with my great grandmother (and I am sure her mother before this but I never knew her).   She loved vegetable gardening and particularly yellow pole beans.  The seeds from her pole beans have been passed down from generation to generation and are now growing in my …

Read More about 5 Generations in One Garden Bed

DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers

Growing herbs adds a ton of flavor to all your recipes, but keeping track of what is growing can be challenging. These wooden spoon herb plant markers are both functional and decorative. Herb Identification might seem easy but those tiny seedlings have a frustrating way of looking the same! I have a large group of herbs …

Read More about DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers

It’s Lily Time – Varieties of Lilies in my Garden

My husband used to buy me lilies all the time because he loved the look of them so much.  I love them too, but not as cut flowers indoors (they have a stinky smell inside that I don’t like.)  I never had the inclination to tell him that they were not my favorite cut flower …

Read More about It’s Lily Time – Varieties of Lilies in my Garden

Container Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces

Vegetable gardening is such a satisfying experience. There is nothing quite like biting into a tomato that was just picked from your garden.  The flavor is nothing like that of the ones bought from a store, even the vine ripened ones. Container Vegetable Gardens are a great way to garden when your yard is small. …

Read More about Container Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces

20+ Plants for A Shade Garden plus My Garden Make Over

Trying to get color and interest in a shade garden can be a challenge. But there are some that don’t mind it at all . In fact, these 20+ perennial and annual plants love the shade. There is a lushness about them that I really enjoy, too. My shade garden is thriving. I planted this …

Read More about 20+ Plants for A Shade Garden plus My Garden Make Over

Elizabethan Garden Statues – Manteo – Roanoke Island

My husband and I recently attended a wedding on the coast of North Carolina.  While we were there, we took the time to visit the Elizabethan Gardens at Manteo on Roanoke Island. Seeing statues that depict characters from real life is so inspiring. For another post on this type of experience, be sure to check …

Read More about Elizabethan Garden Statues – Manteo – Roanoke Island

How To Make An Easy DIY Bean Teepee

This year, I changed my vegetable garden into a combined perennial/vegetable border.  It’s a long story but basically, the squirrels got the better of my veggies last year and I swore never again. Since I will have flowers and vegetables growing in one space, I wanted some decorative and functional items in it.  This DIY …

Read More about How To Make An Easy DIY Bean Teepee

The Garden Charmers Combine Perennials and Vegetables

What is better than a perennial garden bed and a vegetable garden bed?  Why, a garden bed that combines them both together.  And take it a step further and add herbs to the mix.  You will end up with one fantastic garden that meets all your needs.  And that is just what the Garden Charmers, …

Read More about The Garden Charmers Combine Perennials and Vegetables