Category: Garden design

Editing the Garden

Border with edits

What you remove from your garden has every bit as much influence as what you add to it. And in our experience, most gardeners are more comfortable adding than subtracting. Learning to remove plants and features that you no longer

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Order Bulbs Now for Fall Planting!

Anemone blanda | Spotts Garden Service

Summer is the right time to start thinking about what bulbs we want to add to the garden. We order bulbs in late August to get the best selection, then store them until we’re ready to plant in October and November. Let

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Marking Out a Garden: Flags, Paint, and Patience

Marking garden with paint and flags | Spotts Garden Service

We’re excited to be building our own garden on the large lot next to the Spotts Garden Service garage! Our  garden has several different borders, each devoted to a different purpose. You can see what we’ve already done in the

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The Grazing Garden

Raspberries on fence | Spotts Garden Service

One of the great joys of growing food yourself is nibbling on plants as you work in the garden. But even if you don’t want a full-on kitchen garden, you can tuck plants into your ornamental design that let you snack

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The Fragrant Garden

Clethra alnifolia with butterfly | Spotts Garden Service

One of the delights of the garden is that it appeals to more than one sense. The beauty of color and form, the rustle of leaves, the texture of plants as you brush by, and—of course—the fragrance that envelopes you.

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Hardy Annuals for Abundant Gardens

If the only annuals you plant are the bedding plants that come in plastic packs from the nursery, you’re missing an inexpensive way to make your garden look lush. Annuals grown from direct-sown seeds provide a huge return on very

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5 Garden Trends We Love

Layered garden | Spotts Garden Service

While garden trends make for fun reading, they rarely affect what we do in our gardens. But here are 5 garden trends we can get behind.

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Winter Interest without the Snow

This garden boasts a creative mix of evergreens that looks great with or without snow.

While our neighbors to the south can grow all winter, and our northern friends have that lovely blanket of white, we mostly have mud. We’ve written before about adding winter interest to the garden. But what can you do to brighten

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Haunting the Garden for Halloween

Use mysterious names on your plant tags for Halloween.

To add a little spookiness to your own garden just in time for Halloween, give these tricks a try!

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Grow Up! Vertical Garden Supports

A romantic arbor trained with roses invites you into the garden.

Whether you have loads of space or only a little, garden supports like trellises and tepees should be part of your gardening strategy. They get flowers and fruit up off the ground, add height and structure to the garden, and can

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