Free Garden Plans & Companion Plants for Japanese Maples & Azaleas

I have a small yard, and much of it is shady. I have discovered that Japanese Maples perform well in partial shade, and I have bought several 4′ Japanese Red Maples to set out. Japanese Maples Are Perfect for Small Gardens – They Even Grow in Partial Shade – What is the Difference between Bloodgood and…

Free Plan for a Small, Colorful, and Easy Vegetable or Kichen Garden

Check out this free Better Homes and Garden Plan for a Small Vegetable Garden. The garden is about 8′ x 12′ Typical of an older-styled kitchen garden, flowers are planted amidst the vegetables. I especially like that this plan is incorporating sunflowers. One of my main purposes in gardening is to provide subject matter for my paintings,…

What Is A Cottage Garden? Which Flowers Should I Plant in My Cottage Garden?

   In his introduction to The Cottage Gardener’s Companion: A Seasonal Guide to Plants & Plantings for Informal Gardens, Douglas Taylor said that cottage gardens are like horses. They are easier to recognize than they are to describe: “Perhaps the chief hallmark [of a cottage garden] is informality.” He observed that the old cottage gardens did…

Free Small Garden Plan to Work Around a Mailbox from Better Homes and Gardens

Check out this free garden plan that is designed to work around a mailbox set on a wooden post. Dress up your mailbox with this charming, small-space garden, which features a variety of low-care, long-blooming annual flowers for a burst of front yard color all summer long. Garden Size: 3 x 5 feet:  https://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/easy/colorful-mailbox-garden-plan/ A…