Backyard Pond And Water Feature Ideas

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I’ve been sending emails back and forth with some folks about different ideas for backyard pond and water feature ideas. The result is this very nice guest post. Enjoy!  Inspiration: Backyard Pond/Water Feature Ideas By Tim Smith There’s good reason why people seek out the ocean, rivers and lakes: the flowing water is just simply » Continue Reading »

Farfugium Japonicum or Leopard Plant

Farfugium japonicum

Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum  is the name, but sometimes you see these plants called Ligularia or leopard plant. Growing in zones 6-10, Farfugiums grows on thick stalks about a foot and a half to two feet tall. Our’s started off at about a foot tall and has since grown to the promised two feet or » Continue Reading »

How To Create Garden Walkways

Quickrete Walk Maker Form

Do you have paths in your garden? Do you have certain routes that you always take when going from one part of the yard to another? Do they look more like trails than paths? Worn areas that have been trampled down from repeated use? If so, here is a sure fire way to convert those » Continue Reading »

How To Use Ground Cover To Cover Bare Spots In Your Yard

Succulent Ground Cover

It must be spring. The sounds of garden equipment on Saturday mornings and folks standing in lines at  local nurseries.  And as yards are greening up and new plant growth is seen everywhere, the bare spots from last year’s failures and winter’s destructive nature seem to stick out like a sore thumb. Here are a » Continue Reading »

Sunny Wind Hibiscus

Sunny Wind Hibiscus

Sunny Wind is one of a group of compact tropical hibiscus called Trade Winds Hibiscus. Grown by Green Leaf Plants, the Trade Winds Collection contains different shades  red, yellow, peach and orange hibiscus. Last I counted, they had 18 varieties. We have the Sunny Wind hibiscus. How we got it was a matter of being » Continue Reading »