Fresh Ideas for Container Gardening—with me!

Last spring I was fortunate enough to film 10 container gardening courses for a venture between Better Homes and Gardens and Craftsy. Here's a preview of the courses...including snapshots of wild make-up and hairstyles (the first day of shooting I mistakenly let someone try to style my hair---bad idea--curls only respond to their master) If you're interested you can purchase the gardening package for only 20 bucks! It's a steal! (right?) Plus you'll get access to the course materials outlining the plants we used and if that's not enough you can ask whatever (gardening related) questions you want in the forum and I'll answer. I hope your garden is treating you well…
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Local Garden Center Goodness

Occasionally I'm asked "Where's the best place to buy plants?" I thought I'd share with you where I like to peruse for plants...and of course some shopping secrets. Listed in no particular order....   TimberPine Nursery Of course I'll plug you with love for TimberPine Nursery. Say hello to my hubs--Jay--when you go out there. Nice thing about TimberPine--they try to grow most of their plants to cut down on the freight cost of shipping finished product. {I hope that wasn't too much industry jargon there--basically means the cost is less}. Where this will really hit your pocket is in the tree department. Good quality trees at a fraction of the cost…
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I WANT Wednesday~Miniature/Columnar Apple Trees

Apple trees can really be a space hog.....with their 25ft wide arching branches..their general need to have a partner.  Who has the yard big enough!?!  I don't. I want this miniature, columnar Apple tree so I can have Apple crisp till the day is dead. I came along these lil Apple trees at the Independent Garden Center show this last weekend in Chicago.  Really makes me wanna take a bite out of them! Have you seen these before? kk
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3 Plants for Instant Privacy

Sometimes you just don't want to talk to your neighbors.  Or maybe you'd prefer to sun yourself in your itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini without fear of peeping eyes. Here are three plants that bring instant privacy to your outdoor space: (if you can't see the video link, please click here) If you are desperate for instant gratification, I would suggest purchasing a larger specimen of ornamental grass. However, if you have some patience, you can purchase 1 gallon containers costing anywhere from $7-12.  The grass shown in the video is a 5 gallon Maiden Grass standing approximately 5ft tall, costing approximately $30 at TimberPine Nursery Here…
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Gardening with Ninebarks

I didn't really like the Ninebarks at first.  I thought their growth characteristics were too.....too waunky if you will.  But...through some constant nudging of  my husband Jay, we now have not 1, not 2 but FOUR Ninebarks. I believe my issues lie with the Diablo Ninebark, whereas the Summer Wine Ninebark and most recent addition, Center Glow Ninebark show more promise, in my eyes....take a listen... Please go to my website to see video from garden segment on WHOtv. Which one is YOUR favorite? Happy Planting! kk p.s. TimberPine is running a sale on Ninebarks through end of July. 15% off their regular retail price!  Give em a call!
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So you say you want a path….to where?

Yearly I'll have customers request pathways during our design consultation. "Where do you want the path?" I'll ask. "From the deck to the patio." they'll say. or "Oh...from the frontyard to the backyard". "Really? Do you walk this way quite a bit?" I'll ask. "Well...sometimes" they'll answer. Here's my suggestion~wear a tread in the lawn first. AND THEN install a pathway. But sometimes you really don't need a pathway.  Sometimes a pathway dictates where you "think" you need to go... versus going wherever you want to. I would much rather choose my path than have it made for me. Happy Planting.....and tromping through your yard kk
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Fort Knox…COMPLETED!

My husband and I started with a problem~an intersection and some....other stuff. And the problem got a lil prettier after we had TimberPine plant some Autumn Brilliance Serviceberries....you'll see the full process here. And now...we've filled the one pocket near the patio in with some flower power There is Flame Grass to the left that will spread nicely to fill that corner and bring some red fall color. Summer Wine Ninebark brings in the burgundy color to the back.   The red double Knockout Shrub Rose will rock it till fall while East Friesland Salvia blooms up to 3 times this season. I'm just really anxious for the Salvia to get going....and for that intersection to…
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FINALLY! My living wall is almost complete

So....if you can remember back that far....I once had a dream to create a living wall.  Today it's a few plants from completion and I'm not sure I like it.   What do you think? Some of you are thinking that I don't have enough room for the plants to grow...keep those thoughts to yourself...I'm not replanting. I'm not sure I like the sporadic placement of plants, but that too I'll have to live with.  I really wanted to integrate vegetables AND flowers in the planters.   We'll see how the peppers, basils, sage and cilantro take amongst the rest.   I'm just not sure about this yet. kk
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Living Wall~near a dream’s completion

Remember when my imagination got the best of me and I conned Jay into creating a living wall without even knowing what he was building?  Remember when you all were reading that post and scratching your heads trying to figure out just what I was thinking? Well looky now...... We finally got the gutters cut (that was an ungodly task) and screwed them into their casings. I threw in a few herbs to give you an even better visual. I'm wondering if I should plant them at a slight angle outward versus upright.  What do you think? Hopefully tomorrow we'll attach these living wall capsules to the deck ....and let…
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Fort Knox~Part II

Last week Jay and I hired our employer TimberPine to help get our Fort Knox off to a good start.  We really wanted large specimen trees that could create the barrier we were craving.  That being said, they were so large that we couldn't handle them without a machine.  We were blessed to have gotten foreman Leroy Hall and his crew to plant our Autumn Brilliance Serviceberries. Here's how TimberPine does it: [caption id="attachment_562" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="A tracked skidloader augers the hole"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_563" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="Omar ensures the hole is dug to the depth of the tree's rootball"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_564" align="alignnone" width="430" caption="Leroy transports the tree from the truck to…
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