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This month I want to dare you to push yourself to be a unique gardener.  What do I mean by this?  I want each of you to make the most of your garden.  It could be adding a new vegetable that you haven’t grown before or adding a tree to your yard that you’ve always admired into your own yard!  Maybe it’s a new ground cover where you’ve always put mulch.  It’s up to you!

We all have an area in the yard, no matter the size where we could add a garden area to enjoy.  Butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds can all be attracted to your private spaces with just a simple addition of a few flowering perennials or shrubs.  Maybe you want to mow a little less grass and add some more square feet to an existing bed!  The possibilities are endless!

I could list all the plants that I love in the garden but what makes your garden yours is YOUR plant selections and combinations!  There are endless possibilities out there for you to choose from!  You can narrow down your selections by researching them online, you could join a garden club, you could read a gardening book or magazine but my favorite way to pick out the plants that go in my garden are at the garden center!  I like to see for myself what a plant is going to look like!

You are lucky to live in an area that has many garden centers!  Of course you have Gilson Gardens but there is also, Martin’s Nursery, Springlake Nursery, Havel’s, Bluestone, Middle Ridge Gardens, Secor Nursery, Sabo’s Woodside Nursery, Wyatt’s Nursery, Petitti, Gales Garden Center, Woodworth’s and many more!  Look them up and patronize them!  Spend an afternoon and hit several!  Although Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Lowe’s all offer gardening supplies and plants, I highly recommend that you shop your local small business for all your plant needs!  Keep our county alive by shopping where the experts are!  Your local garden centers are employed by some of the most knowledgeable people there are!

Share your love of plants with people that know how to help you!  They will help you find that perfect addition to your garden!  You may find a new passion for plants that you didn’t know you had!  Plants at your local garden centers are most likely grown right here in Lake County!  Can it get any better than that?  You’ll find the right plant for the right place from the best place in America….Lake County Ohio!

Let me know what you are shopping for!  Which spot are you going to add something new?  What color bloom are you looking for?  Go ahead!  Share!


The Hostas are starting to pop here in NE Ohio and I am definately a collector….here’s the word from Doug Green’s Garden that I wanted to share with you!  Although many think of Hosta and think of the variegated forms, … Continue reading

Perennially Perfect, the Echinacea!

With all the choices we have for color in the garden today, I know it can be hard to decide what to plant!  Let me recommend that you include Echinaceas! There are short ones (Kim‘s Knee High), there are tall ones (Ruby Giant), there are pinks, reds, oranges, yellow, whites, raspberry, wines, bi-colors, doubles…the list goes on and on!  Propagators have introduced so many new ones in the last 10 years that it’s hard to keep up with them all!  The most important thing you must remember is that Echinaceas prefer sunny locations. They tolerate almost any soil conditions and will adapt almost anywhere you plant them!

Echinacea p. 'White Swan'

    I have planted many Echinaceas over the years and have been very happy with the performance of most of them.  The common name of these beauties is Cone Flower.

Echinacea p. ‘White Swan’   – nice bright white flowers in July and August.

Echinacea ‘ Sunrise’ PP 16235 – truly a favorite! Soft yellow flowers July thru Sept. Fragrant!

Echinacea ‘Sunset’ PP 16424 – I’ve tried several oranges, in my book, this one is best! The petals actually open and the flower stays orange! Fragrant!


Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’  – Pricey but worth every penny! The flowers are the color of Campbell’s Tomato Soup made with milk! (my husband uses water) Heavy bloomer, excellent color! 

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’ PPAF –  I’ve had this one for two years and I love, love, love the unique flower! It’s a soft lime green with a blush of pink on each petal.  I love to combine the flowers in a vase and enjoy all the colors and fragrance!

Echinacea ‘Hope’ PP PPAF –  When I saw the promo for this one I thought to myself  “Sure it’s for  a great cause but how’s it actually grow?”  Well I’ll tell you…I didn’t have much faith in this one, I was running out of room and so I just stuck it at the corner of our house, in direct sun, by the driveway, where the hose won’t reach and….right next to the gutter spout.  I figured, what the heck, if it grows there….it can grow anywhere and if it dies….well..I won’t miss it in a corner I hardly ever walk by! Not only did ‘Hope’ survive…..it loves the abuse!  It blooms and blooms and blooms (no, I don’t dead-head her either!) and stands tall and proud in that heat and never cares when it floods over her during a storm or not! I seriously need to move her to where I can enjoy the flowers every day! Hope is named in honor of all breast cancer survivors and each plant sold earns money toward the cause.  You won’t find this inexpensive…..but well worth it!

The last one I want to tell you about it  Echinacea ‘Summer Sky’ PPAF This one is so special but…you need to plant it where it can be the “show-off” or the “diva” if you like.  The flower petals remind me of a summer sky just as the sun is setting on a very clear day…pink and orange and creamy…where you can almost see it glow! With most of the varieties of Echinacea, the more the merrier but with this one I would recommend planting it where it won’t be right next to bright colors or you’ll lose the unique “glow” of the flower and it will appear washed out!

I’d love to hear from you what your experiences have been with Echinacea! Tell me your favorites…or even the ones you’ve not enjoyed (is this possible!?) Have you tried the doubles?  Are you sticking with the plain native instead of trying the cultivars and if so why?

If nothing else…give a few of these a try! You’ll be delighted with the colors and the “friends” they bring to the garden whether they are the seed scrounging birds or the nectar loving hummingbirds and butterflies. You’ll also have a whole array of color to cut to bring into your home to fill a vase of fragrant, cheery, long-lasting flowers!

Honeysuckle is the Color of the Year

Orange Honeysuckle

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What’s Your Color for 2011?
If you’re keeping track of the color trends, last week, the color experts at Pantone selected honeysuckle as the color of the year for 2011 (see story below).
The official designation of this “vibrant and energetic” color is PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, among the reason honeysuckle was selected is, “the intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”
Eisemann adds that honeysuckle is “a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going.”
In case you missed it, here are Pantone’s Colors of the Year for the past five years:
2010 — Turquoise
2009 — Mimosa
2008 — Blue Iris
2007 — Chili Pepper
2006 — Sand Dollar

Putting the season to bed

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Today is December 1st. and with December came our first snowfall. Although it hasn’t amounted to much (yet!) it is the first snow and the hope of seeing anything blooming out of doors is gone. I’m not a fan of winter…don’t think I have been since I was a child but I am a BIG fan of spring. The first crocus, the first snowdrop or helleborus breaking bud even when it’s still freezing outside! Now that is something to get excited about! I knew this winter day was coming when we took our last fall drive through the hills and valleys of NE Ohio not too long ago and I was sorry to see the leaves fall to the ground but then I smiled to myself (and only to myself because my husband absolutly loves fall!) because I knew then that before I know it, the buds will start to swell on the trees and the earth will awaken with life again! Look for plants like Pulsatilla, Spring Heath,  Helleborus and Forsythia to help you celebrate the end of winter with early blossoms, a sign of the beginning of all that’s growing!


To stay sane during the winter months I force bulbs to bloom in pots in the house and somehow (I have no idea!) keep my Hibiscus blooming all winter long by a sunny window! How do you keep your winter bright on the dark days? Share with me and we’ll get through it together!

Perennial Armeria

Perennial Common thrift

Spring is Here!

Armeria splendens is an early riser! The foliage on this perennial is fresh and clean right out of the gate in the spring followed by these brilliant hot-pink clusters of flowers atop strong stems beginning in May and continuing into June! Prefers not to have wet-feet so provide well-drained soils.  Use in the front of your garden as it only gets up to 8″ tall! Provide full sun for these beauties and you won’t be disappointed!  This plant is great as a specimen or in masses in your garden…it’s up to you!  Zone 3 for this one!  Gilson Gardens offers this in both a one gallon container or a 3.5″ pot to meet anyone’s budget!