better outdoor living at home spring

Are You Ready For Spring?

Is that a silly question, or what? About this time of the winter season, we all can get a bit of cabin fever, and begin to feel that spring just can’t get here soon enough!   So to hold us over until spring actually arrives on March 20 this year (2014), a little reminder of […]

‘Karalee Petite Pink’ Gaura ~ A Perennial a Week

I love the fact that this showy perennial is another plant that has a long blooming season. ‘Karalee Petite Pink’ Gaura starts to flower in late spring, and continues displaying its pretty flowers into the fall.   Tiny coral pink (about 1”), 4-petal flowers form at the end of each thin stem, which many growers […]

12 Sensational Daffodils

Tis the season to be planting bulbs for next spring. Last week we posted 12 spectacular tulips that you can check out here, if you missed them – they really are spectacular! For this week’s featured perennial, we discovered 12 gorgeous daffodils that are just as beautiful! We were surprised to discover so many unique […]

A Favorite Garden Magazine

Sometimes when the kids are selling magazine subscriptions for a school fundraiser, you can stumble upon a certain publication that is totally new to you, and it ends up becoming one of your favorite gardening magazines.   Such was the case a few years ago, when The English Garden magazine was discovered. This magazine is […]

Coreopsis ‘Early Sunrise’ ~ A Perennial a Week

This week we’re featuring a perennial with a pretty golden yellow flower that attracts butterflies. It is Coreopsis ‘Early Sunrise’ and it has a full semi-double flower with an almost daisy-like look, and blooms early summer to fall. We found out that it is also an All-America Selections winner.   We discovered ‘Early Sunrise’ while […]

‘Pretty Polly’ Coral Bell – A Perennial a Week

Heuchera is the plant family name for Coral Bells, and there are so many coral bell perennial varieties  that it would be very easy to have several favorites that you’d love to see in your garden. This week’s perennial is the ‘Pretty Polly’ Coral Bell.   One of the features of the coral bell that […]

Yes! There Are Flowering Shrubs That Bloom in Summer – Knock Out Roses

Flowering shrubs and the season of spring go hand-in-hand. It seems springtime is just brimming with so many different flowering shrubs  – like lilacs, spirea, azalea, viburnum.   Even though that time of year can be so beautiful, it seems it’s over too quickly, wouldn’t you agree? The spring blooming season doesn’t last as long […]

Garden Caddy Just in Time For Summer Gardening – DIY Project

When you build this handy wooden caddy for storing all your garden hand tools this year, you’ll feel so organized that you’ll impress yourself! We wanted to make this caddy and share the tutorial on our blog with you. And by the way, if you are looking for a gift to make for someone special, […]

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