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Posted by & filed under Design, Drought tolerant plants, Grounds Maintenance, landscape management, No-mow yards, Turfgrass Alternatives, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   As much as I love gardening, I absolutely HATE the mindless, time-consuming and oftentimes expensive routine maintenance chores involved in taking care of a traditionally landscaped yard.  Rather than a place to relax and unwind, the idealized suburban landscape of perfectly manicured turf, neatly edged walkways and precisely pruned shrubs can easily …

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Posted by & filed under Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, Full sun, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson     Lavender       Traditional varieties of lavender are wonderful garden plants, but the variety named “Phenomenal”  truly is phenomenal!     Lavender has been a vital part of the world’s herb gardens for over 2,000 years. Ancient Egyptians used it as they mummified their dead. Romans used lavender …

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Posted by & filed under Tropical Garden, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson   Lush, vibrant, idyllic.  —  A place to kick back and relax in luscious, green surroundings. . The gentle murmur of falling water and the perfumed fragrances of summer flowers   —  the perfect vacation spot, but in your own backyard! The key to creating this personal tropical paradise  —  no …

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Posted by & filed under Butterfly Gardens, Butterfly Milkweed, Deer Resistant Plants, Designing for Butterflies, Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, Host Plants, Monarch butterflies, Native Plants, Nectar Plants, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   Over the past few years, butterfly milkweed has become the plant poster child in the quest to save Monarch butterflies from possible extinction. The public knows its name and understands its importance to our ecological balance. What many people don’t know however, is that it is an outstanding garden plant  —  a …

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Posted by & filed under Bees, Butterfly Gardens, Deer Resistant Plants, Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, Full sun, Hummingbirds, Native Plants, Penstemon cobea, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson       Penstemon cobea Spectacular displays of vivid color….    An almost perfect specimen, this native penstemon deserves a place of honor in the early summer garden. At home in hot, dry and sunny glades, this penstemon does not need to be pampered. It withstands drought conditions and will grow well …

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Posted by & filed under Gardens, Groundhogs, raccoons, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   Last year I battled groundhogs and squirrels for control of my yard. (It was a draw; neither side took complete control.) This year, they have added another ally to their side  —  a pair of devious raccoons. On the surface, they appear innocent, almost disarmingly cute with their black face masks …

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Posted by & filed under Hummingbird gardens, Hummingbirds, Native Plants, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   While a great design is the first step to a hummin’ garden (See last week’s post for design tips), the plants that you chose can actually make it or break it. Hummingbirds, like many bees and butterflies, have some fairly specific preferences when it comes to their food sources. Keeping these characteristics …

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Posted by & filed under Design, designing for hummingbirds, Hummingbird gardens, Hummingbirds, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   My neighbor two houses down routinely has 4 or 5 hummingbirds flitting around her two feeders every day. (I have to admit that I have been known to “check” occasionally.) I, on the other hand, have one diehard who comes once a day, drinks and then flies off to the neighbor’s …

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