Landscaping Sitemap - Page 6 2016-09-26

Picture of Spruce Windbreak With Snow
Picture of spruce windbreak dusted with winter snow. Colorado blue spruce is one of North America's most popular trees. Page 3.

Picture of Waterwheel in Winter
Picture of a waterwheel in winter. Page 4.

Picture of Weeping Elm in Winter
Picture of a weeping elm tree in winter. Page 5.

Picture of Winter Firewood Stack
Picture of winter firewood stack. Page 14.

Winter Landscapes in Pictures
Not only are pictures of winter landscapes beautiful, they also inspire you as you're planning your landscaping. Browse these pictures for some ideas.

Winter Landscapes in Pictures
Not only are pictures of winter landscapes beautiful, they also inspire you as you're planning your landscaping. Browse these pictures for some ideas.

Red Berries for Christmas Kissing Balls
Shrubs with red berries are one of the best sources for natural materials to use when making kissing balls. My own supply came from winterberry.

Evergreen Branches for Designing Kissing Balls
What evergreen branches should you use in designing kissing balls for Christmas? Some types of evergreens may suit your purposes better than others.

Kissing Ball Design and Some Different Kinds of Evergreens
In a kissing ball design, try different kinds of evergreens -- but not too many. Strike a balance in your design between variety and uniformity.

How to Make a Kissing Ball
My tutorial shows you how to make a kissing ball. Specifically, I focus on how to make one of these Christmas ornaments with mainly natural materials.

How to Display Kissing Balls Using Shepherd's Hooks
Learn how to display kissing balls on portable shepherd's hooks to best effect. A critical factor in the display's effectiveness will be backdrop.

Making Kissing Balls - Supplies, Materials for a Natural Ornament
You obtain materials for making kissing balls from 3 places: from nature, plus supplies from hardware stores and crafts stores.

Wiring Pinecones for a Kissing Ball
Wiring cones lets you to use them in decorations. Slip florist wire over a pinecone's scales, pull tight, attach to a stick and insert into a kissing ball.

How to Use Pinecones in Christmas Kissing Balls
Wiring pinecones provides a way to attach them to stakes, which can then be stuck into Christmas kissing balls. Evergreen branches give you a backdrop.

Locust Pods in Decorations - Picture Showing How to Use Them
Locust pods can be used in decorations, as this picture shows. A seed pod, once wired, can be used in crafts such as creating kissing balls.

Pod Ribbon for Christmas Kissing Ball
Hang your Christmas kissing ball with a wire coat hanger and use a locust pod as a ribbon substitute (spray it gold, if you wish).

Blue Rug Juniper Plants - Growing Tips and Care Guide
Blue Rug juniper plants are sturdy groundcovers for sunny slopes. This article contains growing tips and information on their use as groundcovers.

How to Tune Up Your Lawn Mower (3 Easy Steps)
Instead of paying out money every spring, learn how to tune up your lawn mower, yourself. Quick and easy, the process consists of three basic steps.

Spring Cleaning Outdoors - Landscaping and Lawns
Spring cleaning outdoors readies your yard for summer. Any cleanup checklist must include lawn work, preparing landscaping beds, care, and prevention.

Best Time to Prune Shrubs, Other Plant Care in Spring
When is the best time to prune shrubs? Learning to make the old wood (growth) vs new wood distinction will help you decide. Page 3.

Preparing Planting Beds in Spring: Advice for Beginners
Preparing planting beds entails fertilizing an existing plot or opening up a new garden. Preparation is a prime component of spring cleaning outdoors. Page 2.

Difference Between Dioecious and Monoecious Plants
What's the difference between dioecious and monoecious plants? And why does it matter to you, as a simple gardener? Find out here.

10 Most Poisonous Plants Threatening American Children

10 Most Poisonous Plants Threatening American Children


10 Most Poisonous Plants Threatening American Children


10 Most Poisonous Plants Threatening American Children




10 Most Poisonous Plants Threatening Children
Identify the most poisonous plants likely to be in and around your yard if you have children. Keep kids safe by removing (or not buying) them.

Castor Bean Plants - Tall, Toxic, and Tropical
Castor bean plants are best known to non-gardeners for the ricin poison they produce. But gardeners value these tall tropicals for their good looks.

Red and White Baneberry - All About Doll's Eyes Plants
Red and white baneberry are North American natives to grow in shade (both poisonous). The white is also called doll's eyes due to its unusual berries

Impatiens Flowers: Growing Tips, Best Types to Plant
Impatiens flowers are valued for the vibrancy of their colors and their shade tolerance. Read my growing tips and advice on the best types to plant.

Deciduous Trees and Shrubs - What It Means
An easy way to remember what deciduous means is to learn the Latin root. I explain here in defining this word, which is applied to trees and shrubs.

What Is Xeriscape Landscaping, How Can It Save Money?
As you will see from my definition of xeriscape landscaping, it can be pretty as well as practical. You're not limited to

Angelina Stonecrop Plants
Angelina stonecrop plants bear yellow flowers. But this drought-tolerant sedum is more highly valued as a ground cover with chartreuse foliage.

Landscaping Around Swimming Pools: Non-Messy Plants
Landscaping around swimming pools calls for non-messy plants (see list), etc. Take care of safety first, then privacy in case you wish to skinny dip!

Bayberry Shrubs - They're Not Just for Candles
Bayberry shrubs (Myrica pensylvanica) are adaptable plants, valued for their salt tolerance. The southern variety of these bushes is used for hedges.

When to Prune Flowering Shrubs
Learn when to prune flowering shrubs. I provide a rule of thumb for the best time to prune them, depending on what your objective is.

Shrubs or Bushes That Spread by Suckering
Suckering shrubs spread by pushing up new shoots around the perimeter of their original base. If you wish to check their spreading, here's what to do.

Pussy Willows - Spring Rite of Finding Catkins on Trees
Picking pussy willows is an enduring spring rite. To ensure the survival of this most whimsical of spring rituals, learn how to plant your own trees.

Pruning Pussy Willows - Feeding Wild Birds
The idea behind pruning pussy willows is to promote new, unimpeded/unimpeding growth. You want to increase the size of the shrubs laterally. Page 2.

Forcing Pussy Willows and Preserving Them
Here are some tips for forcing pussy willows to open indoors prematurely, perhaps to be used in dried flower arrangements. Learn how to preserve the catkins. Page 3.

Plants to Grow Under Evergreen Trees
It's tough to find plants that will grow under evergreen trees. Planting under them is challenging due to soil acidity and competition for water.

How to Plant Under Trees Without Damaging Them
Learn how to plant under trees. Such plantings can be problematic, but with wise selections, it's possible to grow garden color in these areas.

Dwarf Pine Trees - Information on a Japanese Variety
The dwarf pine tree featured here is a slow-growing type for small spaces. Many trees are giants, but these dwarfs are suited to foundation plantings.

Japanese Knotweed Plants - an Eradication Strategy
Eradicating Japanese knotweed plants is difficult, as I know from my lifelong war with them. Here I lay out 4 methods to get rid of the invasive weed.

Arctic Kiwi Vines Photo
Arctic kiwi vines photo. Landscaping.

Autumn Clematis Vines Picture
Autumn clematis vines picture. Landscaping. Page 2.

Picture of Boston Ivy Vines With Leaflets 3
The 'leaflets 3' rhyme that helps you remember what poison ivy looks like is helpful, but not of much use against Boston ivy. Young Boston ivy can also have 'leaflets 3.'. Page 12.

Picture of Climbing Euonymus
This picture displays 2 types of climbing euonymus scaling a tree. These vines can be deadly to trees, robbing them of nutrients. Page 3.

Climbing Hydrangea Picture
Climbing hydrangea picture. Landscaping. Page 4.

Picture of Leaves of English Ivy Vines
Picture of young leaf from an English ivy vine. The new foliage of English ivy vines is a light green. Page 14.

Grapevine Picture
My grapevine picture shows a wild variety in flower. The leaves will turn golden in fall, adding interest to your landscaping. Page 5.

Picture of Honeysuckle Vine
Picture of honeysuckle vine. Landscaping. Page 6.

Jackman Clematis Vine Picture
My picture shows what Jackman clematis vine looks like. This plant is the most popular type of clematis, and its large flowers argue its case. Page 7.

Purple Morning Glory Picture
Purple morning glory vine picture. Page 8.

Sweet Pea Vine Picture
Wondering what sweet pea vines look like? Here's a picture of the plant while in bloom, bristling with striking pink flowers and disguising a chain-link fence. Page 9.

Trumpet Vines Picture
Trumpet vines picture. Landscaping. Page 10.

Autumn Foliage of Virginia Creeper -- Photos
Photos of autumn foliage of Virginia creeper. The autumn foliage of Virginia creeper varies, but is often red or reddish-orange. Page 13.

Wisteria Vine Picture
As my wisteria vine picture reveals, bumblebees are drawn to the plant. Some prefer to grow the American type (rather than the invasive Chinese or Japanese) in North America. Page 11.

Pictures of Vines: Examples of Climbing Plants
Let my climbing vine pictures serve to generate ideas for your own landscaping. My pictures include examples of flowering types and evergreen types.

Decorating Cemetery Monuments for Memorial Day
Decorating cemetery monuments on Memorial Day is like what you do on Veterans' Day, with the difference that annual flowers are used in cemetery logs.

Pollarding Trees: What It Means, Purpose Behind It
Pollarding trees is a practice with traditional roots in Europe. There's overlap between its meaning and that of topping, but the two are different.

Acidic Soil: What It Means, How to Change It
How is the term

Plants That Grow in Full Shade
Learn about 22 plants that grow in full shade. I'll help you grow pretty plants that take all the shade the North side of your home has to dish out.

Photo of Brick Walkway and Steps Up Hill
The photo here shows a brick walkway going up a hill, punctuated by steps. Such walks make it easier to navigate hilly terrain. Page 7.

Picture of a Cobblestone Walkway
Cobblestones are a popular choice of materials for formal walkway design. In this picture, notice how well they harmonize with the granite doorstep. Page 4.

Picture of a Curved Brick Walkway - Long and Winding Road?
This picture affords a glimpse of a curved brick walkway, so you can decide if this style is for you. Remember the song,

Picture of Flagstone Walkway
My picture of a flagstone walkway reveals just how graceful these structures can be. Coming in different colors, the stones make a landscaping statement.

Photo of Granite Walkway With Plants
My photo of a granite walkway shows how classy you can make your landscape with this formal material. It also reveals what a difference plants can make. Page 8.

Photo of Light-Colored Flagstone Path
This photo shows a light-colored flagstone path. A walkway composed of such bright stones will be cheerful to walk on. Page 9.

Non-Masonry Path - Picture
Non-masonry paths may be composed of fine gravel or decomposed granite. Such paths offer an alternative to such walkway materials as brick and flagstone. Page 10.

Picture of Walkway Made of Pavers
My picture here shows a walkway made of pavers. This material is attractive, economical, durable and widely available. Page 5.

Picture of Concrete Stepping Stone Walkway
My picture of a concrete stepping stone walkway is indicative of how visually appealing such paths can be. They're also easy to make. Page 6.

Picture of Straight Brick Walkway
Pictured here is a straight brick walkway. Such a walk is eminently practical, plus the material matches that of the house walls here. Page 3.

Caradonna Salvia Plants: Growing "Meadow Sage" Flowers
Caradonna salvia plants, nicknamed

Magnolia Care Tips: Solutions to Common Problems
Magnolia care begins with proper identification of your tree (e.g., southern, star or saucer type). Here I resolve care problems reported by readers.

Magnolia Tree Problems
Magnolia tree problems can be disheartening, as when you find dead branches or leaves turned brown. But as long as your magnolia trees aren't dead, there's hope that you can solve the problems. Page 2.

What Black Roses Mean and 10 Other Facts About Roses
What do black roses mean? My answer is 1 of 11 facts about roses I give here, ranging from which are easiest to grow to what they have to do with the rosary.

Miss Kim Lilacs: Compact Alternative for Small Yards
Why grow Miss Kim lilacs, as opposed to the better-known common lilac shrubs (the French type)? I give a comparison here, plus growing information.

Poison Sumac Pictures Showing What the Plant Looks Like
Consult these poison sumac pictures for identification purposes. My photos include closeups showing what the leaves, etc. of these plants look like.

When Is the Best Time to Prune Holly?
When's the best time to prune holly? The answer lies partly in botany, partly in your own taste, as I explain. Also get tips on pruning various types.

Types of Shrubs: Lists of Deciduous, Evergreen Picks
The types of shrubs used in landscaping are grouped in the deciduous, needled evergreen, and broadleaf evergreen categories. I give examples of each.

Ginkgo Biloba Trees Colorful, but Avoid Messy Females
Ginkgo biloba trees are great for fall foliage, especially if you're tired of the usual maples, etc. Just be sure to avoid the females; here's why.

Variegated Leaves - Pictures of Plants With Bi-Colored Foliage
Variegated leaves typically bear one color on the inside and a second around the edge of the foliage. View these pictures of bi-colored leaves for some examples.

Stella De Oro Day Lily - Description, Gardening Tips
Individual Stella de Oro daylily flowers last only a day. Why is the plant so popular, then, with those seeking summer-long color? Find out here.

Types of Butterfly Bush
Many different types of butterfly bush are admired, including some of the newer pink kinds. But as invasive plants, the Holy Grail is a non-invasive Buddleia.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Kiwi Vines - Hardy Plants With Surreal Foliage
For hardy kiwi vines, you have the choice of Actinidia kolomikta plants ('Arctic Beauty') or Actinidia arguta. Many grow only male kiwi vines, because the variegated foliage is more striking than on females (truly surreal!).

Mayapple - Native Shade Plant of Eastern North America
Mayapple (American mandrake) is a native plant of eastern North America that's easy to identify once you see a photo. Consider it for shade gardens.

Purple Pitcher Plants - Grow a Carnivorous Plant in Your Water Garden
Purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) is native to North America. Loving full sun and wet soil, this perennial's a good choice for water gardens.

Purple Ice Plant - Growing Tips for Hardy Delosperma
Purple ice plant, despite its South African origins, is a hardy flower. Delosperma cooperi is a popular plant of the group, used as a ground cover.

Mugo Pine Trees - Select 'Mops' for a Dwarf Cultivar
When buying mugo pine trees to grow in small spaces, be careful in selecting a cultivar. Not all of these evergreen conifers are dwarfs.

Sumac - Everything You Always Wanted to Know
Distinguish poison sumac trees from their harmless namesakes and consider the latter to create colorful fall foliage. Tiger Eyes is a tamer cultivar.

Poison Sumac Tree - Identification Help
Poison sumac tree is not prevalent in yards. Enjoy the foliage of the other varieties, remembering that the rash-causing type is the exception, not the rule. Page 2.

Winter Scenery With Sumac Trees
The seed tufts of sumac tree remain in place in winter, providing winter scenery. Adding to that visual interest will be the birds drawn to the sumac seeds. Page 3.

Leyland Cypress Trees - Fast Growth for Privacy
Leyland cypress trees are slender evergreens, planted for fast-growing privacy screens. But they do have problems, so you need to read my care tips.

What Plants Will Grow in Swampy Areas?
What plants will grow in a swampy area in a backyard? Native wetland plants are one good option, as they are adapted to grow in your climate.

Plants Fun to Grow: 10 Picks for the Curious, Observant
Are you looking for plants that are fun to grow outdoors (even more fun than most)? In this list I give ten of my favorites, geared to cold climates.

Picture of Oleander
As this photo shows, oleander flowers can be pink; another common color is white. These bushes are popular in the American Southwest but are toxic. Page 5.

Red Bird of Paradise Picture
A desert plant, red bird of paradise (shown in this picture) is common in Arizona and California. It's common name can be confusing, however. Page 6.

Ivory Chalice Magnolia Picture
A spring bloomer, 'Ivory Chalice' magnolia trees have white blossoms, as my picture shows. The cultivar name says it all. Page 3.

Jane Magnolia Picture - Pink-Colored Flower
Jane magnolia tree flowers are pink-colored, as this picture reveals. My plant often reblooms in summer. Page 2.

Mountain Ash Tree Picture
Better known for their berries, mountain ash trees bear white flowers, as shown in this picture. The berries can be orange or red. Page 14.

Red Chestnut Tree Picture
As the photo shows, a red chestnut tree's flowers live up to the name. This is the

Rose of Sharon Photo - Lavender-Colored Althea
Rose of Sharon comes in many colors. In this photo we see a lavender-colored

Purple-Leaf Sand Cherry Picture
My picture shows the dark leaves of purple-leaf sand cherry. While it can be used as a shrub, training it can create a tree. Page 8.

Smoke Tree Picture - One Smokin' Flower
Smoke Tree (or 'bush') gets its name from its fuzzy flowers. The flowers form a sort of cloud, as this picture shows. Page 10.

Star Magnolia Picture
My star magnolia picture reveals the grace of this early bloomer. When M. stellata flowers, I know spring has a firm grip on the landscape.

Tree of Heaven Picture
Does this tree of heaven picture ring a bell? It very well may if you live in the city, where this invasive thrives. Page 16.

Tulip Tree Picture
It's easy to see from this picture of a tulip tree where it gets its name. Despite the common name, they are related to magnolias. Page 15.

Women's Names That Are Also Plant, Flower Names
Women's names such as Holly double as handles for plants or flowers. If your mom or wife have such a name, a Mother's Day gift readily suggests itself.

Women's Names That Are Also Plant, Flower Names
Women's names such as Holly double as handles for plants or flowers. If your mom or wife have such a name, a Mother's Day gift readily suggests itself.

Bloodroot Plants - Spring Ephemeral Flowers for Native Plant Gardens
Native-plant gardens in eastern North America are enhanced by bloodroot flowers. Learn all about this wildflower, including how it got its name.

Oriental Poppy Flowers - Description, Growing Tips
Oriental poppy flowers -- and other types, including the type from which opium is derived (opium comes from Papaver somniferum) -- bear large, showy flowers. These plants are herbaceous perennials.

What Are Biennial Plants (and Why It's Important to Know)?
What are biennial plants? Does the word mean the same as biannual? Why is it important to know? I answer these questions here and offer examples.

Common Plant Name List A-Z - Entries Starting With G H
This common plant name list allows you to search for specimens alphabetically. The monikers beginning with the letters G-H can be found in this list.

Pasque Flower - The Other Easter Plant
Pasque flower is a low-growing perennial that gives your spring garden a fuzzy look. The beauty of it is that it blooms early (around Easter).

Arrowwood Viburnum Shrub: How to Grow a Fall-Color Star
Arrowwood viburnum shrubs grow in wetlands. This makes the bushes suitable for wet areas in the yard as well as good choices for fall foliage color.

Tricolor Sage Plants - Herbs for Garden Color
Tricolor sage plants are perennials with 3 colors on their leaves. These herb plants provide garden color and are evergreen in warmer regions.

Blue Hill Salvia Plants - Growing Tips
Blue Hill salvia plants are perennials in zones 4-8. Learn how to grow them and care for them so as to enjoy their flowers throughout the summer.

Spotted Dead Nettles - Silver-Leaved Shade Plants
Spotted dead nettles have silver foliage. The type pictured (Lamium maculatum 'Purple Dragon') has purple flowers, but White Nancy has white blooms.


Maps for Growing Zones From the USDA
These maps for growing zones from the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) show average extreme minimal temperatures broken down by region.





A Database of Plant Types and Names
Need to find information about a particular type of plant? Search my clickable database. It's organized by both common names and scientific names.

Sweet Woodruff Plants - How to Grow This Aromatic Herb
Sweet woodruff plants have a wonderful aromatic quality. In the past the herb was exploited for its culinary and medicinal uses. Learn how to grow it.

What Is the Dig Safe Phone Number?
Do you know the Dig Safe phone number to call before digging in the yard? Placing a call for this free service could save you from a lot of trouble.

Why Chain-Link Fences Make the Best Security Fencing
Why do chain-link fences make for the best security fencing? I explain here, taking into account cost, while also discussing the material's cons.

Snowdrops - Flowers That Bloom in Winter
You can plant snowdrops under deciduous trees without concern that shade will stunt their growth, since they bloom before the leaves come out. The flowers are among the first to appear.

How to Shovel Snow to Clear Driveways
How to shovel snow is the topic of my article, a resource for clearing driveways in winter. Learn about shoveling safely, efficiently, or not at all.

Pokeweed: Pretty but Poisonous
The berries of pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) are a pretty purple, but toxic. This perennial is a tall option for sunny areas. Page 13.

Why Is Osmunda claytoniana Called Interrupted Fern?
An interrupted fern frond (image) is composed of fertile and sterile leaflets. When the former fall off, the interruption occurs. Page 14.

Azalea Native to New England - Picture
Rhodora azalea (Rhododendron canadense) is pictured in my image. This New England native plant tolerates boggy conditions. Page 10.

Dutchman's Breeches - Image of the Leaves
Dutchman's breeches (image) is called a spring ephemeral because it goes dormant by mid-summer. Learn how its flower differs from squirrel corn. Page 3.

Houstonia caerulea - Picture of Bluets, AKA Quaker Ladies
Bluets (image) are one of those native plants everyone has seen but few could name. Impress your friends by being able to identify Houstonia caerulea. Page 5.

Image - Mass of Purple Violets in Lawn
My image of pretty purple violets (native to New England) may convince you that they are not weeds but lovely wildflowers that grace your lawn. Page 7.

Image of Milkweed Seed Pod
Children are fascinated by milkweed pods (image) and rightly so. We called them cucumbers as kids and blew the cotton their seeds are attached to. Page 12.

Marsh Marigold - North American Native for Swampy Areas
Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris), a native plant of New England swamps, isn't a true marigold. See its image and learn how it differs from celandine. Page 6.

Mayapple Plant Image
Trying to identify a native plant of eastern North America that looks like a little umbrella?That's Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), which I picture here. Page 4.

Photo of Bloodroot Colony
Bloodroot can be identified by its disproportionately large leaf. Its scientific name is Sanguinaria canadensis (image). Page 2.

Picture of Skunk Cabbage, Stinky Herald of Spring
The botanical name for skunk cabbage (image) is Symplocarpus foetidus. It is a New England wetland native plant.

Sheep Laurel or Lambkill - Image
Sheep laurel (image) grows in bogs and is poisonous to livestock, which is why it's also named lambkill. Learn how it differs from mountain laurel. Page 9.

Spotted Wintergreen Plant Image
The common name, spotted wintergreen (image) is a misnomer. It's easier to remember this plant if you identify it as striped wintergreen. Page 11.

Sweet Fern Is Not a True Fern (Image)
So called sweet fern is not a true fern. The botanical name of this New England native is Comptonia peregrina and it is fragrant. Page 8.

Pictures of Native Plants in New England - Identification Aids
Use my pictures of native plants in New England to aid you in identification of wildflowers of that region. Follow the links provided to learn more.

Native Plant Landscaping, Northeast: Perennials for Sun
Want to grow native plants? These 17 selections are native to the Northeastern U.S. and Canada and are suited to landscaping in perennial sun gardens.

Native Plant Landscaping, Northeast: Perennials for Sun
Want to grow native plants? These 17 selections are native to the Northeastern U.S. and Canada and are suited to landscaping in perennial sun gardens.

American Bittersweet Plants vs. Invasive Oriental Vines
Are American bittersweet plants benign? How do you remove the invasive Oriental vines? Learn all about these bearers of beautiful berries here.

How to Get Rid of Bittersweet Vines - Eradication Tips
You'll like this page whether you want to see bittersweet's eradication or bluebirds eating it! I give information on getting rid of the invasive plant here. Page 3.

Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum Dulcamara)
Learn the difference between bittersweet nightshade and the namesake vines popular for fall crafts.These weeds bear colorful berries but are poisonous.Page 2.

Drought-Tolerant Trees - Examples for Your Landscaping
My list of drought-tolerant trees gives a diversity of choices, based on traits offered by specimens that are valued by folks landscaping their yards.

May Night Salvia Plants - Flowers as Dark as Night
May Night salvia plants are perennials in zones 5-9. The flowers, which bloom throughout the summer with deadheading, are darkly colored.

Friable Soil - What It Means and Why It's Important
Friable soil isn't about frying! I tell you what it means, why it's important, how to improve clay soil to get it, and which plants grow without it.

Red Bee Balm Plants - Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds
Red bee balm plants (Monarda didyma) are great for attracting hummingbirds.

Milkweed as a Monarch Butterfly Host Plant
Learn facts about common milkweed plant (picture), including its uses and growing requirements. Learn what these host plants for Monarch butterflies look like.

Moonbeam Coreopsis Plants or Tickseed Flowers
Moonbeam coreopsis plants (tickseed) are a threadleaf variety. Reaching 2x2 feet they bear clusters of light yellow, daisy-like flowers.

Dwarf Deutzia - Nikko Serves As Ground Cover, Fall-Foliage Specimen
Dwarf deutzia (D. gracilis 'Nikko') stays so compact that it's essentially a groundcover, even though it's a shrub. This May bloomer is a real doozie!

Pagoda Dogwood Trees - Grow Golden Shadows
Pagoda dogwood is an understory tree in the wild. Grow its child, Golden Shadows in your shade garden and marvel at its strikingly variegated leaves.

Maiden Grass - Landscaping Uses and Care
As a tall plant, maiden grass miscanthus can be used in the back rows of flower beds to serve as a light-colored backdrop for black flowers.

Diablo Ninebark Plants - Devilishly Dark Shrubs
Diablo ninebark is a flowering shrub. A North American native and also spelled 'Diabolo,' it's hardy to zone 2. Learn how to grow the plant here.

Russian Sage Plants - Pruning and Planting Tips
Russian sage plants (Perovskia atriplicifolia) are treated as perennials but are woody sub-shrubs. Perovskia has silver leaves and tall flower spikes.

Yarrow Plants - How to Grow Achillea Millefolium
Yarrow plants have a feathery foliage and flattened flower heads. Grow Achillea millefolium in border plantings with flowers or in rock gardens.

Gold Mound Spirea Profile - Growing, Landscaping Tips
Gold Mound spirea gets its name from the color of its leaves and the shrub's overall shape. Learn how to grow this bush, which is planted for its nice foliage.

Doublefile Viburnum - How to Grow Mariesii
Doublefile viburnums like 'Mariesii' are so called because their flowers line up so cleanly along the branches in 2 rows. Learn how to grow these bushes here.

Snow Removal Equipment - Options for the Home
Read my assessment of the pros and cons of the snow removal equipment options for your home. I also supply tips on shoveling and more.

Snow Plowing Rates
Learn how to pick up some cheap snow plowing rates. This article has a discussion of 2 options for snow removal: heated driveways and hiring plow drivers. Page 2.

Snowplowing Contracts - Hiring Snowplow Contractors
Tips on hiring snowplow contractors to clear your driveway. When signing snowplowing contracts, insist on what you need. Page 3.

Gerbera Daisy Flowers - Tropical, Colorful Accents
Gerbera daisy flowers are spectacularly colorful but tender. Tropical flowers of South Africa, they make for striking accents in annual beds up North.

Silver Dollar Plant (Lunaria): If Only Real Money Spread Like This
All the names for Lunaria (silver dollar plant, honesty, money plant) refer to its odd seed pods (silicles). Learn why you may (not) want to grow it.

Bunchberry - Diminutive Dogwood for the Woodland Garden
Bunchberry flowers look like dogwood's because they're related. Use this North American native plant where a cold-hardy, shade ground cover is needed.

How to Get Rid of Grass to Reduce Lawn Size
Learn how to get rid of grass. The best way depends on your situation, so I guide you through several methods, one of which will be right for you.

Electric Snowblower Review - Toro 1500 Power Curve
Here I review the Toro 1500 Power Curve electric snowblower. For beginners, I also present the pros and cons of using such equipment vs snow shoveling.

Building Igloos and Snow Houses
Building igloos or snow houses together means teaching kids some basic architecture lessons. As a bonus, you can beautify the winter landscape.

How to Make Snow Houses
Learn how a fun family crafts activity can also be an opportunity for teaching kids. Teach kids basic architecture lessons while building snow houses. Page 2.

How to Kill Creeping Charlie: Chemical, Natural Control
Learn how to kill creeping Charlie (both chemical and natural control) and the various ways it spreads. Also discover the benefits of this weedy herb.

Ajuga Ground Cover: Bugleweed Plants Too Loud in a Yard
Ajuga ground cover's widely grown despite its invasiveness, because it's pretty and fills in quickly. Another common name for A. reptans is bugleweed.

Conventional Rose Color Meanings and Symbolism
Rose color meanings are detailed in this article, so you can look like a smart gift-shopper for Valentine's Day, following a longstanding convention.

Japanese Pachysandra (terminalis) - Spurge Ground Cover
Japanese pachysandra (P. terminalis) plants are popular ground covers for shady areas. They do flower but are grown primarily for their tough foliage.

Flexible Flyer Sleds as Christmas Ornaments
Some children have been lucky enough to get Flexible Flyer sleds for Christmas. Some adults are smart enough to decorate with these classics.

Festive Christmas Sled Decoration
This Flexible Flyer sled has been turned into a Christmas decoration. It's festooned with golden garland and a candy cane.

Evergreen Shrubs in Outdoor Christmas Scenes
If you have evergreen shrubs in your yard, they can play a part in your Christmas decorating. Both needled and broadleaf types can be hung with balls.

Decorating Lamp Posts at Christmas - Holly Wreaths
How many classic elements can be crammed into one Christmas scene? This one seeks to find out: a lamp post with a holly wreath, candy canes and more.

Unusual Christmas Ornament for Lamp Posts
The lamp post in this image is decorated with bright, well-made Christmas balls in cheerful colors. It makes for an unusual decoration.

Christmas Garland With Fruit Wreath
My image shows a front door decorated with an evergreen garland and a fruit wreath. The faux fruit is coated with a spray that makes it weatherproof.

Christmas Garland Used for Front Door Decoration
A Christmas garland, wreath and urns serve as a front door decoration in this picture. Evergreen boughs and bright red berries take center stage.

Christmas Urn With White Decorative Branches
White decorative branches can be smart Christmas decorations, especially for urns. But in this picture I show an example where more color is needed.

Christmas Decoration for a House Pediment
What could be more festive as a Christmas decoration than a spread of colorful fruit (the fake kind meant for outdoor use)? This one fills a pediment.

Holiday Window Boxes Deserve Colorful Bows
Lovers of tasteful outdoor Christmas decorations often make use of window boxes. That's fine, but make sure the bows are sufficiently colorful.

Window Swag for Christmas
Door swags are common. But how about window swags for Christmas? The one in my picture has plenty of swagger!

Festive Christmas Window Box
This festive Christmas window box is full of interest: laurel, pine, winterberry, decorative white branches and a bow. Hydrangea is an unusual touch.

Santa's Sleigh as a Christmas Lawn Decoration
The sleigh in my picture will be adored by lovers of tasteful Christmas yard decorations (it's classy and restrained). It's bright and colorful too.

Tasteful Christmas Yard Decorations
Some folks insist on using only tasteful Christmas yard decorations (you know who you are!). If that describes you, you'll want to see these 17 ideas.

Large nutcracker decorations make a strikingly festive statement at an entrance. They are colorful yet classy.

Porch Columns Decorated With Christmas Gift Boxes
This photo shows a novel use of decorative Christmas gift boxes. The festive present-wrappers are used as ornaments for porch columns.

Tasteful Holiday Display With Symmetrical Urns
My picture gives an example of urns with natural materials arranged symmetrically on a porch. It is a tasteful holiday display.

Picture of Vanhoutte Spirea
As the picture of Vanhoutte spirea here reveals, this bush blooms in white. A healthy shrub will be loaded with

Picture of Andromeda Shrubs
My picture shows andromeda shrubs with white flowers. The Latin name for this bush is Pieris japonica.

Picture of Blue Rose of Sharon
My picture reveals what a blue rose of sharon shrub looks like. The bush, also called althaea, flowers in other colors, too. Page 2.

Picture - Bluebeard Shrubs Attract Bees
A honey bee enjoys a bloom on this bluebeard shrub. My picture shows how charming a bush it can be, although it is not suitable for pool landscaping. Page 3.

Picture of Flowering Quince Shrubs
This picture of flowering quince shrubs shows why Michael Dirr refers to their shape as

Forsythia Shrub Photo
As this picture of forsythia shrubs demonstrates, they can really light up a landscape in spring. These bushes are understandably an early-season favorite. Page 5.

Pictures of Flowering Shrubs
Pictures of flowering shrubs can give you ideas for your own landscaping. Browse my shrub pictures to view photos of some of the finest blooming bushes of spring and summer.

Picture of Japanese Kerria Shrub Flower
This picture displays a bloom from the shrub, Japanese kerria. The bush produces yellow

Korean Spice Viburnum Picture
My picture here shows a Korean spice viburnum flower head. The blossoms of this bush are terrifically aromatic. Page 15.

Picture of Large Hibiscus Flower
As this picture demonstrates, a bloom from a hardy hibiscus shrub can be quite large. They're not called

Picture of Rhododendron Shrub Flower
My picture shows what a bloom from a rhododendron shrub looks like. Rhodies, as they are affectionately called, are very popular bushes. Page 8.

Picture of Minuet Laurel Shrub
This picture of a floral cluster from a

Picture of Pink Roses
My picture of pink roses shows a nice cluster. The color is soft, yet alluring. Page 10.

Picture of Purple Lilacs
The picture here reveals how pretty purple lilacs are. But these bushes boast more than good looks. Page 11.

Picture of Red Azalea Bush
This picture displays a red

Picture of White Hydrangea
This picture exhibits a planting of white hydrangea shrubs. As a neutral color, white still has its place, although the pinks and blues may be more exciting. Page 14.

How to Hang Garland Around a Door
Do you wonder how to hang a garland around a door or column (i.e., the best way to attach it)? I discuss a few ways to accomplish this decorating task here.

What Is Landscape Design? - Definition, Handy Resources
What is landscape design? Learn the meaning and find out what its 2 major parts are. I give definitions of basic concepts and discuss disagreements.

Sweet Autumn Clematis Vines - Lovely but Thuggish
Sweet autumn clematis vines make a big statement when they bloom in the fall landscape. This vine puts out numerous, white, fragrant flowers in fall.

Common Lawn Weeds - Help With Identification, Control
Need some help with the identification of common lawn weeds? You'll get that here through pictures, plus tips on how to control some of the worst offenders.

Should You Shovel Snow Away From Dryer Vents? (Fire Hazard Tip)
A dryer vent blocked by snow is a fire hazard but one easily avoided by shoveling and taking precautions. Here's how to prevent exhaust blockage.

Rabbit-Proof Flowers
What are some rabbit-proof flowers? I offer examples among shrubs, vines and perennials.

What Bittersweet Looks Like
Wondering what bittersweet looks like? This image shows the weed with its fall foliage and fruit. Page 17.

Clover Leaf Photo
As a tribute to Saint Patrick, here's a clover leaf photo. The Irish consider various plants with a tripartite leaf structure to be shamrocks. Page 15.

Photo of Common Plantain
My photo of common plantain reveals a plant you've seen all your life without knowing its name. Whether you think it OK or a weed, you'll find this interesting. Page 6.

Photo of "Curled" or Curly Dock
This photo of the curled leaves of Rumex crispus illustrates why the plant is called

Picture of Dandelion Seed Head
My picture of a dandelion seed head shows what the plant looks like after the flowers have gone by. This widely hated weed is actually edible. Page 5.

Giant Ragweed Image
My image of giant ragweed reveals what its leaves look like. The leaves are deeply lobed, whereas those on Ambrosia artemisiifolia are compound. Page 8.

Ground Ivy Photo
Here is a photo of the leaf of gill, also called

Picture of Orange Jewelweed
Orange jewelweed or

Photo of Common Ragweed Leaf - A Weed That Causes Hay Fever
My photo shows a common ragweed leaf. This weed is a major source of hay fever in the autumn. Page 7.

Photo of Crabgrass
My photo of crabgrass shows the seed head. Learn what this weed looks like in its various stages and research the best ways to control it. Page 4.

Photo of Hedge Bindweed
If you let hedge bindweed (seen in my photo) get out of control, your plants will feel like Gulliver in Lilliput: this weed will

What Poison Sumac Looks Like
Learn what poison sumac looks like. Often found in swamps, this rash-causing plant exhibits spectacular fall foliage. Page 2.

Purslane Photo
Purslane is the edible weed, par excellence; you can cook it or eat in raw, in salads. Here's a picture showing what it looks like. Page 11.

Picture of Stinging Nettle Flowers
The flowers of stinging nettle (photo) are inconspicuous. But the plant's barbs make you take notice of it! Page 12.

Fleece Flower Photo - Young Plants
My photo shows a young fleece flower plant. Japanese knotweed and

Poison Ivy Photo Illustrating Leaves of 3 Rhyme
Among my weed pics is a poison ivy photo. View my images to identify many of the most commonly unwanted plants.

Wild Madder Photo
Wild madder is a weed that also goes by the name,

Weed Pictures to Help You Identify Common Types of Weeds
My weed pictures include photos of plants you probably know, but not by name. Here's some help in identifying common types of weeds.

Horsetail Weed Picture - Equisetum arvense
There are two common kinds of horsetail plant. Learn the difference between Equisetum arvense and Equisetum hyemale here. Page 18.

Autumn Joy Sedum - Stonecrop Plants for Fall Flowers
Autumn Joy sedum, AKA stonecrop plant, adds a different look to your fall landscaping. Like other sedum flowers, it is a drought-tolerant perennial.

Drought-Tolerant Ground-Cover Perennial Flowers
gardening and landscaping: ground cover perennial flowers suited for dry soil and drought conditions

Ambassador Allium - Tall Flowering Onion Has Big Bloom
Ambassador allium is a tall ornamental onion with a big flower head. I tell you how to grow this stately, late-spring standout here.

Purple Alliums: 'Sensation,' Other Sensational Flowers
Purple alliums have the nicest flower heads of the ornamental onions; I give examples and growing tips here. But I also list types with other colors.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Plants - Welcome to Fairyland!
Although jack-in-the-pulpit plants do flower in spring, it's primarily the spathe people are drawn to. These woodland plants may eventually bear red berries.

Secret Lust Coneflower - Double Echinacea Changes Color
Secret Lust coneflower is a double-flowered Echinacea that starts out orange, then changes to pink. It is unusual in that it has a puffy hairdo.

Ageratum Picture
This picture of ageratum shows just how blue the blooms can be. These flowers are often used in the U.S. in July 4th plantings. Page 12.

Balloon Flower Picture | Blue Balloon Flowers
Balloon flowers (picture) come in the colors blue, pink and white. They are tough perennials and actually hard to get rid of (should you want to). Page 5.

Blue Hill Salvia Picture | Photo of Blue Hill Salvia
True to its name, 'Blue Hill' salvia (photo) is more blue than are many varieties in this genus. The name is a translation of the German cultivar. Page 4.

Blue Poppy Picture
My picture shows a blue poppy. Meconopsis grandis is a plant that requires open shade and moderate temperatures in summer. Page 7.

Picture of Blue Scilla Bulb Plants
Like tulips and daffodils, blue scilla bulb plants brighten our yards with spring cheer. They are among the first perennials to flower each year. Page 8.

Picture of Caryopteris Flowers
My picture shows Caryopteris flowers. The blooms of these shrubs attract butterflies and the bush is drought-tolerant. Page 11.

Picture of Blue Cornflower
My picture of blue cornflower reveals the plant's beauty. If you wonder how the plant received its common name, you can find out here. Page 10.

Gentian Sage Picture
As this gentian sage picture shows, the plant is one of the best blue colored flowers. It can be tough to find

Picture of Common Grape Hyacinth Flowers
Here's a picture of common grape hyacinth flowers. Their blue color is a good match with another spring favorite, orange crocuses. Page 9.

Lupine Picture
Coming in purplish-blue (as my picture shows), white and pink colors, lupine flowers are good perennials for the garden; here they're in a meadow. Page 2.

Photo of Blue Morning Glory
As any good photo of a blue morning glory will reveal, these vines bear nice flowers. The fabulous color of the blooms is rare in the plant world.

Speedwell Picture - Photo of Veronica Plants
'Royal Candles' speedwell is a perennial with purplish-blue flowers, as this picture shows. Speedwell is the common name for Veronica plants. Page 13.

Picture of Victoria Blue Salvia
There are many purple salvia flowers. But this is a picture of Victoria blue salvia. Page 6.

Vinca Picture | Vines | Vinca Photo
Vinca minor is a groundcover with blue flowers, as the photo shows. It is sometimes commonly called periwinkle flower. Page 14.

Flowers of Virginia Bluebells Start Out Pink
Flowers of Virginia bluebells start out pink. It is only later that they become the color reflected in their common name. Page 15.

Pictures of Blue Flowers
View my pictures of blue flowers to help with plant selection. This bloom color famously boasts a soothing effect on the nerves.

The Holly and the Ivy - Meaning of This Christmas Carol
The holly and the ivy have been intertwined for ages, and not only in a Christmas carol by that name. This intertwining explains the latter's meaning.

Picture of Seedtuft of Non-Poison Sumac
This picture shows the seedtuft of non-poison sumac. You can easily tell toxic types apart from non-toxic kinds by looking at this plant part. Page 7.

Picture of Poison Dogwood - the Bark
See my picture of poison dogwood's bark (poison sumac) for identification. It gives a whole new meaning to the saying,

Picture of Poison Sumac Berries
Need a picture of poison sumac berries? This photo shows what they look like and helps you tell this plant apart from non-toxic types. Page 4.

Picture of Poison Sumac Leaflets
The picture of poison sumac leaflets here is a closeup shot. You can see that it is

Picture of Poison Sumac Leaves – Why They're "Pinnately Compound"
View my picture of poison sumac leaves and learn why they're called

Photo of Poison Sumac Plants
This photo of a poison sumac plant shows the entire bush growing in a swamp. Its leaves are their summer green, stems red, berries light green.

Poison Sumac Identification Pictures - Red Stems
Its red stems help identify poison sumac. View this and my other pictures in this photo gallery for help with identification of this menace. Page 10.

Autumn Foliage of Poison Sumac
The autumn foliage of poison sumac can offer a number of colors at any one time. Autumn leaves can be red, pink and yellow, with lingering elements of green -- all at once. Page 15.

Red Fall Leaves of Poison Sumac Shrub - Photo
This is a photo of poison sumac's red fall leaves. Browse my gallery to view the various parts of this plant, as an aid to identification. Page 14.

Photo of Fall Foliage of Poison Sumach - Red and Pinkish Leaves
See my photo of the fall foliage of poison sumac. This shot reveals it potential to display red and pinkish leaves -- intoxicating, albeit toxic. Page 12.

Photo of White Berries of Poison Sumach
This photo of the white berries of poison sumach shows what they look like in fall, having changed color over the course of the seasons. Page 6.

Poison Sumac Pics - Yellow Leaves
Among my pics is this one showing a yellow stage in the fall foliage display of poison sumac. Use my photo gallery to identify this plant and avoid the rash. Page 13.

Fall Foliage Pics - Poison Sumac Leaves in Autumn
See fall foliage pics of poison sumac here. Among these photos is a shot of the plant with yellowish and pinkish-colored autumn leaves. Page 11.

Closeup Photo of Poison Sumac Berries
See my closeup photo of poison sumac berries for help with identification. You'll notice they're oddly shaped. Page 5.

Picture of Poison Sumac Shrub's Bark
My picture shows poison sumac shrub's bark. It's on young shrubs in this example, and you can tell it's new because it's smooth. Page 9.

Picture of Boston Ivy With Leaflets 3
The 'leaflets 3' rhyme that helps you remember what poison ivy looks like is helpful, but not of much use against Boston ivy, which also has three leaves. Page 24.

Picture - Color of Poison Ivy Leaf
My picture of an orangy poison ivy leaf captures the weed's look in spring. The color can morph from red to orange to green. Page 4.

Picture of Poison Ivy Flowers
As this picture shows, poison ivy flowers are rather unremarkable. But knowing what they look like will help you identify this weed. Page 7.

Leaves of Three Let It Be
Heard the well-known rhyme about poison ivy, 'Leaves of three, let it be?' This picture provides visual verification, showing the plant with its 3 leaflets. Page 14.

Picture of Poison Ivy Climbing Building
My picture displays poison ivy climbing a clapboard-sided building. The vine's aerial roots allow it to climb structures. Page 13.

Photo - Shape of Poison Ivy Leaflets May Include a Notch
Poison ivy leaflets are sometimes notched, a feature that may be especially prominent in young leaves. Variations increase the difficulty in identification. Page 2.

Flower Picture Showing Virginia Creeper Buds
My picture shows the flower buds of Virginia creeper. Many people mistake this vine for poison ivy. Page 17.

Photos of Virginia Creeper Flowers
This picture reveals what Virginia creeper flowers look like. The blooms aren't pretty, but knowing them helps you tell this vine apart from poison ivy. Page 18.

Picture of Young Boston Ivy Leaf - Red Color
View my picture showing Boston ivy leaves when young. At this stage in their growth, they exhibit a red color. Page 23.

Photo of Poison Ivy Leaves When Young
See my picture of poison ivy leaves to learn what they look like when young. Their appearance in spring is different from what it is in summer or fall.

Picture of White Berries of Poison Ivy When Ripe
My image shows the white berries of poison ivy, their color when they ripen. As this picture shows, the berries come in bunches. Page 8.

What Those Hairy Vines Are - Poison Ivy
Have you wondered what those hairy vines are climbing up trees? That's poison ivy, the 'hairs' being the vines' aerial roots. Page 12.

Poison Ivy Photos - Pictures of Plants for Identification
View pictures of poison ivy and similar vines for identification. See what poison ivy looks like at different stages of development in the course of the year.

Picture - Young Poison Ivy Plants in Spring
Young poison ivy plants start out with reddish leaves, as my picture shows. Don't be fooled by this spring look: they lose that color later. Page 3.

Picture of Poison Ivy With Fall Foliage
Picture of poison ivy with its fall foliage. The leaves turn orange, yellow or red in fall. Page 10.

Pictures of Poison Ivy - Autumn Foliage
My picture reveals the autumn foliage of poison ivy plants. Their leaves' color ranges from orange to yellow to red. Page 11.

What Does Poison Ivy Look Like?
What does poison ivy look like? Pictures do the best job of answering the question, thus this photo gallery. Use it for positive identification. Page 5.

Picture of Poison Ivy Flower Buds
This picture is of poison ivy flower buds. Yes, even such troublesome, rash-inducing menaces as this can bloom (not all that blossoms is beautiful). Page 6.

Picture of Poison Ivy Leaf
View my picture of a poison ivy leaf to see how the plant looks in summer. In this example, it's a vine growing on a stone wall. Page 9.

Poison Ivy Look-Alikes - Picture of Virginia Creeper
Poison ivy weeds have many look-alikes. This picture of Virginia creeper will help distinguish the two and help you with identification. Page 15.

Picture of Boston Ivy Leaf
See a picture of Boston ivy leaf. New leaves start out reddish in spring, turn green in summer, then morph back to a reddish color in fall. Page 25.

Picture of Boston Ivy Vines With Mature Leaves
The mature leaves of Boston ivy are green, as my picture shows. The vine's leaves are entire and 3-lobed, whereas R. radicans' is divided into 3 distinct parts. Page 26.

Photo of English Ivy Vines Climbing Wall
My photo shows English ivy vines climbing a wall. These green vines are often seen climbing the walls of old brick building, as in this image. Page 30.

Fall Foliage Photo of Boston Ivy
See my fall foliage photo of Boston ivy scaling the brick wall of a tall building. As this picture shows, the autumn color is reddish. Page 27.

Picture of Leaves of English Ivy Vines
This picture shows a young leaf from an English ivy vine. The new foliage of this ground cover is a light green. Page 28.

Picture of English Ivy Vines
As this picture shows, English ivy vines start out with light green leaves. But the foliage later changes to dark green. Page 29.

Vine Plants Similar to Poison Ivy - Virginia Creeper
Virginia creeper is among the vine plants similar to poison ivy. Other vines mistaken for it include bittersweet. Page 16.

Picture of Virginia Creeper Berries
Virginia creeper berries are blue (which is different from poison ivy's, which are white), as this picture reveals. Birds eat the berries of this plant. Page 19.

Picture of Virginia Creeper Climbing a Pole
Virginia creepers resemble poison ivy. These climbing vines can scale telephone poles, as this picture shows. Page 20.

Pictures of Autumn Foliage of Virginia Creeper
In this collection of pictures of vines, I present photos of autumn foliage of Virginia creeper. Its fall color varies but is often red or reddish-orange. Page 21.

Picture of Boston Ivy Leaf - the Vine in Spring
As this Boston ivy leaf picture shows, unlike Rhus radicans, its leaf is entire and has three lobes; this vine does not have three leaflets. Page 22.

Poison Ivy Photos - Pictures of Plants for Identification
View pictures of poison ivy and similar vines for identification. See what poison ivy looks like at different stages of development in the course of the year.

Fall Foliage of 4 Types of Birch Trees
I describe 4 types of birches here, including river birch trees. My focus is on fall foliage, but the white and river types have interesting bark too.

Woody Plants - Meaning of the Botanical Term, Examples
Plants that aren't herbaceous are deemed woody plants (see examples). If you don't know what this means, you can also learn that term's meaning here.

Variegated Lysimachia Plants - Yellow Flowers, Pink Leaves (in Spring)
Want a perennial with pink leaves in spring? Variegated Lysimachia has them. The species plant, spotted loosestrife is invasive, but not the cultivar.

How to Make Clay Pot Fountains in 2 Tiers - Tilted Pottery Is Key
In 8 easy steps I show you how to build a cascading, clay pot fountain. This unique, 2-tiered, inexpensive water feature uses a tilted pot as a spout.

Materials Needed - Pot, Tilted Pot, Pump, Hose, Preformed Liner
The materials needed for this cascading fountain include a piece of Mexican pottery (for the bottom) and Cubana tilted pottery (the spout on top).

First Step - Set the Preformed Liner Into the Ground
Where can you locate a preformed liner for a pond reservoir? Proximity to a GFCI electrical outlet and distance from underground cables are factors.

Second Step - Insert Bricks, Grill to Form Base
To build a base for a fountain, you need a old grill, heavy gauge mesh, or plastic grate. You can salvage such materials for free or buy them cheaply.

Brief Reviews of a Fountain Pump, Tubing
Pennington's Aquagarden pump is cheaply made; it broke while I was setting it up for a fountain. I prefer the Little Giant pump (and rubber tubing).

Third Step - Attach Tube Onto Pump Using Adapter
The hardest part of setting up a fountain is the plumbing. But here I reveal a trick I learnt in working with the tubing that runs from the pump.

Fourth Step - Place Bigger Pot on Grill, Thread Tubing Through It
A selling point for my fountain design is that there's no need to caulk between the 2 pots. My project is easy and cheap, yet yields stunning results.

Fifth Step - Thread Tube Through Tilted Pot, Add Water, Turn Pump On
There are many variations for the finishing touches on this clay pot fountain; decide based on your preferences. How much water loss can you tolerate?

Summer Shandy Hops Vines - A Golden Touch for Your Yard
Summer Shandy hops vines are known for their showy golden leaves, but so is the Aureus type. I explain here why you might choose one over the other.

Reason for Shredding Leaves for Use as Compost, Mulch
Learn the reasons for shredding leaves before using them as compost or mulch. The benefits extend to disposal: shredded leaves require fewer bags.

Rose Growing Tips - Information for Beginners
Read my rose growing tips to bone up on caring for our favorite flower. Successful care begins with providing proper sun, water, and the right soil.

Hypoallergenic Trees
By choosing hypoallergenic trees for the plantings near your home, rather than their allergenic counterparts, you can cut down on your allergy problems.

Plants Safer to Grow Around Septic Tanks
When we plant-lovers think about what's going on under our feet out in the yard, we tend to focus on plant roots and the soil that helps them thrive. It's a

Common Milkweed: The Good and the Bad
Its status as a must-have for the butterfly garden is certainly one of the pros for growing common milkweed. Or should I say

How to Mow Checkerboard Patterns Into Your Grass
David Mellor, groundskeeper at Boston's Fenway Park and author of the book, The Lawn Bible, says his

How to Trim Ornamental Grass
How do you trim ornamental grass? is a question I get often. Most understand ornamental grass needs a good haircut, at some point. But when and how?

Landscaping Hints - Best Time to Prune Shrubs
What's the best time to prune shrubs? It depends on the type of bush you have; I give examples in this article meant to help beginners.

Fast Growing Bushes for Privacy
Fast growing bushes are just what you want if you need quick privacy in your landscaping. This article lists several picks, linking to further info on them. Page 2.

Fast Growing Shrubs for Privacy Hedges
Fast growing shrubs are great for homeowners needing quick privacy hedges. I list several bushes for those who need privacy in a hurry, linking to plant info.

Fast Growing Evergreen Shrubs for Privacy
My article gives examples of fast growing evergreen shrubs for privacy hedges. Such bushes keep their leaves year-round, so you can feel private in winter, too! Page 3.

Invasive Shrubs As Fast Growers
Some bushes that are fast growers are too good at what they do and deemed

Rhizomes - What They Are and Why They're So Problematic
In my definition of rhizomes, I not only tell you what they are, but also why they can cause you problems in your landscaping (hint: invasive plants).

Should I Rake Grass Clippings or Leave Them on My Lawn?
Should you leave grass clippings on the lawn after mowing or rake (or bag) them? It depends on whether you own a mulching mower and on grass height.

Xeriscaping Plants: A Drought-Resistant Approach
Drought necessitates the use of xeriscaping plants and other cheaper alternatives to that thirsty grass of lawns that requires so much water. Learn more here.