Wondering what to grow in your cutting garden? Check out this list of best plants for a cut flower garden from author Susy Morris. For tips on growing cut flowers, check out this post. Annuals — These will bloom all season long and are the backbone of your cutting garden! Sweet peas have a wonderful…

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This article by Susy Morris originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. With farmers’ markets overflowing with beautiful bouquets of local flowers, it seems everyone is thinking about adding a cutting garden. Even a small 4-by-4 foot bed (see drawing below) can yield more than enough blooms, especially if you choose varieties…

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The previous post discussed a couple of ways to build a basic raised bed garden, either for on your deck or in the ground. In this post, we’ll talk about how to build a raised bed with legs. If you are considering building a standing raised bed, stay on until the end of the post…

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Some gardens seem to ooze the sentiment “welcome to my garden” whether through gates, entries, welcoming pots or window boxes. After seeing about 40 gardens over the past couple of months, I could not help but notice how many different ways gardeners used to say “welcome.” This post will be mostly pictures and I hope…

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Gardeners have long known the value of a good fence or hedge. Putting a barrier between your garden and the outside world creates calm and a place where you can socialize with friends or just settle in with a good book. It also creates a distinct perimeter to design within and a cozy sense of…

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It looks like we are in a for a frigid weekend, which makes it a great time to look out the window and dream about next year’s garden. Whether you are laying out your vegetable beds or planning a major renovation with patios, paths and new trees, shrubs and perennials, a few basic steps make…

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As the leaves fall, the structure of a garden emerges again. Elements such as walks, walls, seating and decorative pieces stand out as plants move into their quieter winter mode. In our formerly glacial landscape, stone is one of the best materials for creating these garden structures. Designer Jan Johnsen’s newest book, The Spirit of…

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This book review originally appeared in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener magazine. Don’t reach for Planting in a Post-Wild World if you’re looking for reassuring recommendations for what to plant later this spring. Despite its lush color photos, relaxed layout and elegant styling, these people are calling for revolution—one that is bound to be controversial…

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Birdbaths are one of the easiest ways to add objects and ornamentation to your garden. And, they have the double benefit of helping wildlife. Like other kinds of garden art, birdbaths add a focal point to garden beds, giving the eye a place to rest amid the foliage and flowers. Even when birds are not…

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It’s garden tour season, and I’ve been fortunate to attend several — with a couple more scheduled for later this week! What I love about touring gardens is you get a chance to see what others are trying in their gardens. Tours show you the real trends in garden design, and I always come away…

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