Outdoor Plants

Today’s Perennial – Echinacea After Midnight

Echinacea After Midnight

This lovely variety of the popular coneflower has large pink-to-purple daisy flowers and is a favorite in all wildflower meadows, as well as perennial borders. This pretty plant is called Echinacea After Midnight. Photo Credit:  American Meadows  How to grow Echinacea After Midnight. Temperatures:  Very heat tolerant. Like most cone flowers, needs little care after…

How to Grow Gazania

How to grow gazania

Today’s flower is a Gazania – a lovely and bright perennial from the Asteraceae family which comes from South Africa.  The flowers are often seen in shades of yellow but white, creams and dark reds are possibilities too. Gazania will bring a ray of sunshine to your garden. Gazania is a tender clumping perennial that…

Squirrel Damage in a Vegetable Garden.

I am an animal lover.  I don’t like to see any creature being hurt in any way.  I remember sitting at my computer desk last year and watching a squirrel run along my fence line with a whole corn cob that he had retrieved from my compost pile, and thinking “how cute!” It didn’t take…

Progress on my Test Garden

My Test Garden Before and After

How my Test Garden has Grown! Readers of my blog will know that my project for this year (and the next two) is my test garden.  I have a model that I am emulating from Garden Gate and will grow shade, semi shade and full sun plants in it to write articles about for my…

How To Grow Liatris

How to grow Liatris "Blazing Star". This bloom is amazing when it is full grown. I had some 4 feet tall!

Last year when I first started my project of transforming our yard with garden beds, I was really interested in growing perennials of all types.  To gets started with some perennial bulbs, I purchase some Liatris corms.  I did not know much about them but I love spiky flowers and though they would look nice…

How to Grow Columbine – Delicate Perennial

How to grow columbine

Columbine is a hardy perennial that grows well in zones 3- 9. It will come back year after year and delight you with its delicate flowers that sit on stems that rise above the foliage. Columbine:  Deer Resistant and Attractive to Hummingbirds Columbine is very easy to grow as long as it gets enough moisture. …

30 Cottage Garden Plants for Your Garden

30 Cottage Garden Plants

Transform your garden with Cottage Garden Plants My husband is English and I’ve spent a bit of time in the UK.  I fell in love with the cottage style of gardening so common there and have planted that way ever since. My friend Carlene of Organized Clutter has written a great article about cottage garden…

19 Easy Vegetable Gardening Tips

Vegetable harvests are one of the great things about summer

The middle of summer is the peak time for vegetable gardening.  This type of garden gives us loads of fresh vegetables to use in healthy recipes. But an amazing garden doesn’t just happen by planting seeds. These 19 easy vegetable gardening tips will make sure that your crop is amazing this year. My vegetable garden…

Fan Gardens that make a big Impact

There is nothing quite like relaxing in a garden on your own property that gives you a feeling of serenity.   Pride, relaxation and so many other feelings go along with this type of garden. These Lovely Gardens are photos that some of my readers have submitted to share their outdoor living spaces. Lovely Gardens from readers…

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…

Japanese Silver Grass

Silver grass. Amazing focal plant. Mine grew 9 feet in one season.

Japanese Silver Grass – Miscanthus sinensis – is a perennial plant that has variegated green and white striped leaves and huge plumes in the fall that stall well above the top of the plant. I planted a small Japanese Silver Grass plant in my front bed last spring. I knew it would get fairly large so…

Gloriosa Lily – A real Show Stopper

Lilies are very much the stars when it comes to growing perennials. The come back year after year to give a delightful splash of color. This gloriosa lily is also called Fire Lily. It is a vining plant that has amazing, flame-colored blooms. Perfect for growing in a pot or in the garden – just…

Today’s Flower Eye Candy – Red Emperor Tulip

I love tulips. I have a big patch of these perennial bulbs in my front garden bed and they are gorgeous.  They don’t last long but the show that they put on is just incredible for a few short weeks.  Today’s featured flower is the Red Emperor Tulip.  This Red Emperor Tulip has a vivid…

Re-blooming Iris Varieties and Colors

Reblooming Irises give you a second round of color.

If you love growing perennials, you will probably have an iris or two in your garden. There is nothing quite like a re-bloom of your favorite flower later in the year. A re-blooming iris gives me a chance to enjoy the beauty twice in one season. Readers of my blog know that I am a…

Today’s Garden Tour – Stott Garden – Goshen, Indiana

Stott Garden

A fan of my Gardening Cook Page on Facebook recently shared with me some photos she took on a recent Garden tour of Stott Garden in Goshen, Indiana. Stroll down the paths of Stott Garden with Janie Newton Teel. Janie said “the garden is a private huge garden but they give tours to the public.  …

Hydrangea Flowers are Great in Arrangments

Hydrangea bush

A few weeks ago, we had an outdoor party to celebrate my daughter’s graduation from college.  I cut some flowers from my hydrangea bushes to decorate the tables and then brought them indoors as cut flowers. These hydrangea flowers lasted about 11 days and looked gorgeous. Hydrangea flowers last well indoors. Most of them were…

Today’s Garden Walk – June 20, 2013

Today's Garden Walk July 2013

One of my favorite ways to start my day is to go outside and see what have started flowering today.  It is always such a treat to see something that was in bud yesterday opened up into a great beauty today. I call this my garden walk. Flowers in Abundance on Today’s Garden Walk. Today’s…

Gardens of Kyoto Japan

Famous Gardens of Kyoto Japan

Beauty in nature – The Famous Gardens of Kyoto Japan Kyoto Japan is jam packed with stunning Japanese gardens, and it is a must visit in any Japan itinerary.  If you love beautiful gardens and large temples, this place needs to be on your travel bucket list. The gardens, often part of temples or old…

Dianthus Barbatus – Sweet William – How To Grow

How To Grow Sweet William - Dianthus Barbadus

Sweet Williams are lovely plants.  They have pretty fringed flowers and bloom for me most of the spring and summer and come back each year in they are a perennial.  Dianthus Barbatus is a lovely variety of the species but is a little harder to grow. Planting guide for Dianthus Barbatus Dianthus Barbatus – also…

Heuchera – Shade Garden Plant – Coral Bells

Coral Bells

Heuchera is a Native American perennial plant that is found all over the country.  It is more commonly known as Coral Bells and comes in many shades of purple, rose, green and variegated varieties.  It makes a wonderful display in any shade garden and, although it does flower, it is grown more for the leaves.…

Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Growing Tulips in warmer hardiness zones can be challenging but it is possible. Find out how: thegardeningcook.com/growing-tulips

Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Not impossible, but growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. Tips for Growing Tulips when the Temperatures are Warm. Tulips are considered a true bulb.  Not all flowering bulbs are actually…

Autumn Frost Hosta – Today’s Featured Plant

Autumn Frost Hosta

Autumn Frost Hosta is one of my favorite hostas.  The leaves have blue centers and wide yellow margins around the edge.  By Summer time, the margins will turn a creamy white. It’s a hardy perennial and comes back year after year. Autumn Frost Hosta is an easy to grow Plant for Shady Spot. Hostas make…