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A Place In The Garden - 9 Beauties That Earned Their Spot
Christine Froehlich 09/29/2019 Comments

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You roll the dice when you're a gardener, but it's all worth it for the exquisite moments of pleasure  you experience when you create a great combination (usually accidental) or discover a terrific plant. If you want to find out about some trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals that made my summer, read on.


Get With The Program: Learn How To Garden Adaptively
Christine Froehlich 08/20/2019 Comments

In my head, I feel about 25, but each spring, my garden brings me back to reality. I’m not a kid anymore. My aching back, knees and feet remind me that I’m growing older along with all of my plants – only they look better and complain less. Want some ideas on how to make changes? Check out my review on Toni Gattone's new book 'The Lifelong Gardener: Garden With Ease And Joy At Any Age.

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Oh No, Now What? 7 Ways To Perk Up A Weary Garden
Christine Froehlich 07/31/2019 Comments

Eek! I can hardly get down the path. Around mid-summer, gardens can get out of hand quickly. What was lush in June suddenly looks overgrown, tired and sloppy. It's too early in the game to let the garden go down the tubes!  Here's how to perk it up.  overgrown baptisia



Get To The Point! How To Zero In On The Best Focal Points
Christine Froehlich 06/30/2019 Comments

Why are focal points are important? You don't necessarily need to include one, but it gives your eye a place to land, especially important in a small space. If you've ever floundered around not knowing what to do next, this is for you.


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Shapes First: Design 101
Christine Froehlichh 05/29/2019 Comments

shapes of trees and shrubsIt's hard to keep your head when you start buying trees and shrubs. It's easy to get sidetracked on beautiful flowers,cool branching habits or flashy foliage. A good way to start? Focus on shapes to narrow down the choices. 


Made In The Shade: 8 Annuals To Add Pizazz To Your Garden
Christine Froehlich 05/01/2019 Comments


Finding interesting annuals for a shade garden can be tough. Lots of flowers prefer full sun and sometimes foliage plants just don't hold their color. If you're searching around for something a little different, read on. 



Patience In A Pot: 7 Ways To Get The Most From Your Plants
Christine Froehlich 04/04/2019 Comments

Don't you hate waiting for plants to get big? Practicing patience in pots helps. By that I mean container gardening - and I'm not just talking about the ornamental factor. In my efforts to have what I want, I've discovered more practical uses for stashing plants in pots. Read on to find out what they kolkwitzia

Gardening On The Other Side Of The World
Christine Froehlich 03/05/2019 Comments

bougainvilleaGardening On The Other Side Of The World

In February, I escaped winter and flew off to the tropics of Vietnam where just about anything grows. I found it fascinating to see how they garden on the other side of the world and wanted to share it. If you're fed up with winter, and want to see bodacious greenery and flowers, read on.

From Dormant To Delightful: How To Force Branches Into Blooms
Christine Froehlich 02/06/2019 Comments

Chomping at the bit to see flowers again? Prune some branches off the flowering shrubs and trees you have in your yard. Just about any deciduous tree or shrub can be coaxed into bloom inside. Here's how to do it.


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Bump It Up With Gold: 10 Top Plants On The No Kill List
Christine Froehlich 01/18/2019 Comments

Want to add a little bling in your garden? There's nothing like a blast of gold foliage to liven things up. Adding beauty doesn't mean more work - it's all about choosing bulletproof plants that do the job. Check out my 10 favorites.  





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