Category Archives: Garden

Patagonian Groundsel | A Hardy Evergreen Shrub for Your Garden

Dick Culbert https://www.flickr.com/photos/92252798@N07/8469300364/ Patagonian Groundsel Tree, also known as Patagonian Sea Myrtle (Baccharis patagonica), is a frost-hardy, fall-flowering evergreen shrub originating from South America — Chile and Argentina (Patagonia).  Known for its versatility as a mounding hedge or a thick, … Continue reading

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Bog Gardens | A Beautiful, Creative Solution for Watery Spaces

To many, a waterlogged area of a property is an inconvenience or eyesore. In most cases, poor draining soil in small areas can be corrected by amending the soil or other economical means.

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Using Shade Sails In a Garden Landscape

Some of the best things about spring and summer are the abundance of beautiful weather, the ability to grow things, ample opportunities for outdoor barbecues, parties, and other forms of open-air entertainment, and the ability to enjoy nature is all … Continue reading

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Maidenhair Vine | An Ornamental Plant for Outdoor (and Indoor) Gardens

By Avenue – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14980740 Maidenhair vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa) is a deciduous climbing vine native to New Zealand. It is most notably known for its versatility as a prolific ground cover and screening plant due its rampart but … Continue reading

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Snow Gum Eucalyptus | An Australian Native Tree for the Garden

By Amanda Slater – May 29th “Tree Three_Snow Gum Blossom”, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4327216 By Sterry2607 – Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons by Hekerui using CommonsHelper., CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org /w/index.php?curid=35857638 By Toby Hudson – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9374575Continue reading

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A Simple Sensory Garden

It has been a dream of mine for many years now as a garden designer to be commissioned to create a large scale sensory garden for a facility such as a hospital, mall, school, senior citizen centers or treatment center. … Continue reading

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Brighten Up Your Outdoor Space with a White or Moonlight Garden

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Accessible Gardens | Designing a Garden for People with Disabilities and Physical Limitations

The National Gardening Survey reveals that three-quarters of Americans garden in one form or another. But only 36 percent of people with disabilities engage in any leisure physical activity, including gardening and walking outdoors, according to a report by the … Continue reading

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Garden Variety Wishes You a Happy Father’s Day!

On this day of observance and appreciation, Garden Variety would like to wish a very Happy Father’s Day to the men who represent the best of fatherhood, paternal bonding and positive influences in the lives of others. YOU MIGHT ALSO … Continue reading

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Photo | A Tropical Community Garden and Farm in Hawaii

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Photo | A Romantic Canadian Hotel Garden

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Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!

On this day celebrating the women responsible for making each and every one of our lives possible, Garden Variety would like to offer a word of thanks for the unconditional love, thoughtful care and tireless efforts of every mom out … Continue reading

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Terrariums | Decorative Interior Gardens Under Glass

Long relegated to school classrooms and science fair project tables, terrariums have found their way into homes. Here, our domestic diva, Melinda Graham, dishes on how to plant a stylish, low-maintenance mini indoor oasis this spring.

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In the Garden, Spring Finally Arrives

In France, as across much of North America, spring has finally sprung. And Mike Alexander is ready as the ‘Saint of Frost’ gives way to seasonal bloom.

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Photo | An Eco-Conscious Public Garden

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Trout Lilies | Children of the Spring

GV’s Joyce Newman introduces us to a wildflower usually found on the forest floor.

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Dandelion | Harbinger of Spring

Our man in Europe, horticulturist Mike Alexander, on the season of the dandelion, the bane of gardeners everywhere.

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Wanderlust | Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan

A flower-filled town on one of the Great Lakes allows you go Dutch without the jet lag.

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Photo | The Vegetable Garden at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

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Happy Easter From Garden Variety

Happy Easter from GV to you! May each and every one of you enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Thank you all for reading, liking, commenting and sharing! YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE Garden Variety Wishes You a Merry Christmas Happy … Continue reading

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How to Shop for Spring Garden Plants

Kerry Meyer, program manager with high-performing plant brand Proven Winners, on how to find healthy plants in garden centers.

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Bordeaux, France | A Living History

GV’s European correspondent, Mike Alexander, gives a quick primer on the living—and growing—heritage of the French city known as La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty)

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Easter Lily | The Season’s Brightest Bloom

Our editor, Therese Ciesinski, on a seasonal favorite: the richly-scented, pale-trumpeted floral symbols of Easter.

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Photos | The World’s Largest Flower Garden

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Photos | Breathtaking Rocky Mountain Gardens, Patios and Yards

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Growing Up | New Site Teaches Tweens About Soil Science

A new e-learning site dedicated to informing the students—and the public—about the role of nutrients in healthy food production and the preservation of green spaces.

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Yard to Plate | Edible Gardening Rises in the U.S.

More Americans opting for locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs at a time when health issues and surging food prices have become national concerns.

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The Winners of Our Spring Giveaway

GV announces the giveaway winners.

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Photo | A Lush Mature Garden of Delights

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The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden | A Conversation with Author Roy Diblik

GV’s Joyce H. Newman catches up with renown garden designer Roy Diblik, who discuses his work and new book, “The Know Maintenance Garden.”

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Spring Planting Tips for Outside and In

Westbury Garden Rooms, a builder of beautiful custom conservatories and orangeries in the U.K., offers GV readers some spring planting advice.

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Photo | Beautiful Hardscaped Garden with Birdbath

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GV Spring Gardening Giveaway

Who doesn’t enjoy getting free things? Especially gardeners at springtime.

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Photo | The Gardens at a Historic French Architectural Treasure

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Photo | A Lovely Potting Shed for the Garden

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Rethinking How to Water Your Garden

When watering the garden, there’s more to consider than when and how much, explains GV contributor A.H. Jackson.

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Digging It | The Philadelphia Flower Show

A final opportunity to experience the world’s biggest indoor flower exhibit.

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Winter Blooms on France’s Route of Gold

While much of France is still stuck in late-Winter’s chill, the almost year-round sunshine of the Cote d’Azur offers ample opportunities to explore ‘La Route des Mimosas,’ a “trail” spanning eight villages centered around the beautiful golden mimosa tree.

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Photo | A Garden Oasis in the City

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Photo | A Dream Stone Manor Garden in England

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Going Native | The Battle With Invasive Species and Garden Weeds

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 23-28) kicks off ahead of the spring weed onslaught.

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Photo | A Formal Garden in Eastern Europe

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Photo | A Parisian Luxury Hotel Garden and Dining Patio

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Free Eucerin Lotion Sample for Winter and Garden Hands

A freebie on President’s Day.

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Majorelle Gardens | The Exotic Park That Inspired Yves Saint Laurent

Majorelle Gardens, the luxuriant, 12-acre cobalt-blue-splashed garden of earthly delights just outside the Marrakech home of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, inspired the designer with a blur of French and Moroccan sensibilities. GV’s European correspondent Mike Alexander takes us on … Continue reading

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The Garda Dibble, ThinkEco2 and EcoScraps Winners

Announcing the winners of the giveaway.

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Blackbirds in the Garden | Birds of a Feather

Blackbirds, often found in yards and gardens across North America, are just as common in Europe. Our French garden exert Mike Alexander gives a little background on the feathered musicians.

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Bookworm | The 20/30-Something Garden Guide

Out this month, garden blogger Dee Nash’s primer on urban gardening.

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Digging It | Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Seattle Seahawks Superbowl victory celebrations aren’t the only thing happening in the Emerald City. The country’s second-largest flower and garden show is back.

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Photo of the Week | A Lush Front Yard Garden

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