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Posted by & filed under Bees, Beneficial insects, Bird Friendly Shrub, Butterfly Gardens, Deciduous shrub, Drought tolerant plants, ecosystems, Full sun, Gardens, Groundcovers, Host Plants, Native Groundcover, Native Plants, Native Shrubs, New Jersey Tea, Uncategorized

(Photo Credit:  JohnOyston) By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick by Sandra Nelson,   New Jersey Tea       Picture masses of gorgeous,  pure white flowers hosting visits from dozens of brightly colored butterflies and a delicate fragrance filling the air. Even better, picture that idyllic scene on the rocky hillside in your yard where …

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Posted by & filed under Edible gardens, FoodscaPING, Gardens, Uncategorized, Urban gardens, Vegetable gardens

By Sandra Nelson   With the days all seeming to melt together, it’s hard to realize that today is already May 7th. In another week or so it will be time to begin planting the bulk of my vegetable garden  —  the warm season plants like tomatoes and cucumbers and zucchini, and some seeds like …

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Posted by & filed under Birds, Butterfly Gardens, Doublefile Viburnum, Fall color, Full sun, Uncategorized, Viburnum

Featured image by David J Stang By Sandra Nelson    This week’s pick is by Dan Nelson, Lead Designer at Embassy Landscape Group   Doublefile Viburnum   Reminiscent of a dogwood tree, the doublefile virburnum, “Mariesii” is a true spring beauty.     Like so many of the old-fashioned favorites, doublefile viburnum is staging a …

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Posted by & filed under Benefits of Nature, Children and Nature, Gardens, Uncategorized, Vegetable gardens

By Sandra Nelson     Being in shelter-in-place throughout April has given me lots of extra time to read online news articles. I’ve noticed two problems dominating our daily lives: 1) The vast majority of American parents seem to be overwhelmed by homeschooling and online learning; and 2) Backyard vegetable gardens are being acknowledged as …

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Posted by & filed under Buddleia, Butterfly Gardens, Deciduous shrub, Designing for Butterflies, Full sun, Uncategorized

  By  Sandra Nelson     This week’s pick is by Philip Grubb, Horticulturist   Butterfly Bush   Brilliant color, delightful fragrance and easy care  — a winning combination!   Butterfly bush, also known as summer lilac, is a perfect addition to a Midwestern summer garden. Although it absolutely requires full sun, 8 hours a …

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Posted by & filed under Blue, Blue flowers, Color, Color; Designing with Color, Designing with Color, Garden Design, Gardens, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   I’ve been feeling somewhat blue lately.  No, I’m not depressed  —  I’m debating on a color scheme for the new garden I’m adding this year. Right now I am leaning toward using shades of blue as my predominant color. The idea of adding a quiet, tranquil retreat appeals to me in …

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Posted by & filed under Butterfly Gardens, Deciduous shrub, Deer Resistant Plants, Full sun, Koreanspice Viburnum, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson       This week’s pick is by Karl Hying, Landscape Designer     Koreanspice Viburnum   A fragrance that rivals that of the old fashioned lilacs that grew in Grandma’s garden, with the added bonus of blooming at least a month earlier!           While many species of …

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Posted by & filed under Color, Color; Designing with Color, Design, Design elements, Designing with Color, Garden Design, Gardens, Psychology of Color, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   While line, shape, form and texture tend to be the subtle elements shaping the viewer’s perception of a garden design, color is the one that jumps out and grabs you. It draws you in or pushes you away; it fires your emotions and stokes your energy level or it brings much …

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Posted by & filed under Bird Friendly Trees, Fall color, Flowering Dogwood, Native Plants, Native Trees, Naturalizing, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson       This week’s pick is by Sandy Defoe, Artistic Director. Flowering Dogwood   You can’t beat the graceful form, gorgeous spring flowers and excellent fall color.”     Seeing their show right now, it’s easy to see why Flowering Dogwood trees are a Must Have for the garden. Flowering dogwood, Cornus …

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