Build A Wall of Roses for A Gorgeous Garden Escape

Not long before I moved away from my home and garden in New Jersey, I had begun building a setwork of rose arbors. That was the final step in my effort to create a secret garden–a secluded and natural get-away. When it is possible, I grow fragrant flowers, like lavender, peonies, and irises, and strolling…

Focus on Old Disease-Resistant Rose Ballerina – Free Garden Plan

For years, I have been fascinated with old disease-resistant roses. Some of them are called antique roses or old garden roses. Although Ballerina Rose only dates back to 1937, it is one of the most popular of the old disease-resistant roses, and with its small, single blossoms, it adds an airy, light touch to any…

Free Garden Plans and Plants for Shady Places

I have recently moved to the Ozark Mountains, and a massive number of rocks and large stones in the soil  make gardening almost impossible. A Waterfall in the Ozarks ©Jacki Kellum 2018 Don’t get me wrong, the Ozarks  Mountain Region is the land of waterfalls, and if you can dig a trench into your lawn,…

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…

What Is A Kitchen Garden or a Potager? – Free Plans for a French Kitchen Garden

For the past 100 years or so, many homes have incorporated flower gardens into their landscapes, but that has not always been true. By the time of the Renaissance, gardens became part of most of the European lifestyle. Many of the earliest gardens–especially those that were associated with large estates–were formal, highly stylized, heavily manicured, stiff,…