Archive | August, 2011

Don’t Fence me in! I’ve got style!

26 Aug

When it comes to fences, it seems that the ‘creative box’ is exceptionally square and small.  ENOUGH! Fences are a significant investment in your landscape so don’t settle for the status quo.

*yawn* the standard fence does little to impress

A well designed fence is like the perfect pair of jeans. It immediately communicates the style or look you are trying to achieve. If your favourite jeans are from Wal-Mart, the standard fence may be what you want.  However, if you’ve picked up your favourite jeans at H&M, you’re likely in the market for a more contemporary style.  In short, knowing your personal style will ensure you pick a fence that suits you!  Here are some fence styles that you may want to try on for size.

Simple Modern Fence Design

Modern Revival contemporary landscape

‘Ray of Light’ in your late summer garden

24 Aug

It’s sad but true, we are closing in on the last few weeks of summer. ..but don’t fret!  I know the perfect plant that will keep your garden bright, playful and full of  “sun.”

Consider the very easy-to-grow Black-eyed Susan.   This perennial comes in several varieties of yellow/golds which will bloom continuously from July through October.  They also attract butterflies  and other pollinators to your garden so you’ll have playful visitors to brighten your day!

For a more relaxed cottage look, consider the native variety called Three Lobed Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba). Local butterflies will show their love by fluttering in droves to this new addition in your garden.

Native Variety - Three Lobed Coneflower

Growing Tips

– Sun, sun, sun!

– Soil: perfect for less fertile soil (sandy) and make sure there is good drainage

– To promote blooming, remove spent flowers (gardening term= deadhead)  to encourage new blooms to develop

Learn about other pollinator and late summer perennials by watching this video.

Creating a Butterfly Oasis

15 Aug

How do  you  make butterflies fall in love your with garden?  Quickly simply,  the way to a butterfly’s heart is through its stomach!  Watch the video to learn about my favourite late summer perennials that serve up a sweet nectar buffet for those gorgeous fluttering garden visitors!


Here are some butterfly-attracting plants available at your local nursery.

– New York Ironweed (Veronia noveboracensis)

– Asters

– Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

– Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

– Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

– Purple coneflower (Echinacea)


The 1-2-3 on sowing your own delicious & nutritious salad greens

8 Aug

Interested in having fresh salad greens at your doorstep?  Follow my first time experiment in growing Arugula and other mixed greens 29 stories in the sky!  This first video demonstrates how to properly sow the seeds in containers.

If you start in the next 2 weeks, you will be enjoying lettuce throughout September and Early October.

Are those peppers?!? Yup, it’s time to refresh your summer containers.

4 Aug

It’s already August and one of two things may have happened to your lovely garden containers.

1. The heat wave a couple of weeks ago did a number on your plants.  Most survived, however others look like a wilted salad.


2. They are looking good but some of the annuals are blooming less frequently.  Perhaps a slight “face-lift” is needed?

This 1 minute video will highlight some plants that are frost tolerant (not frost proof) so that your containers will keep their sexy look into October.

Late Summer Container

Plants included are:

– Ornamental Pepper ‘Calypso Rouge’

– Ornamental Pepper ‘Black Pearl’

– Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’

– Scaevola aemula