Free Gardening Newsletter
We are offering a free monthly gardening newsletter ! It is an electronic gardening magazine that includes topics such as the shade plant or shade tree of the month, landscape design ideas, seasonal gardening tips, book reviews, commentary on a variety of gardening topics and other topics for the gardener with shade.
Intrigued by an article I recently read, I started to research hydrangeas. This newsletter discusses the differences in growing conditions the different types of hydrangeas prefer. Some need more shade than others and likewise some need more water. Yet, I am sure that many professionals aren’t aware of these differences. You will be though once you read this addition of the newsletter.
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January 2004 - A reader recently wrote to us asking for some tips on starting plants by seed. It instantly struck me that a lot of our readers are probably starting their summer flowers by seed right now. As such, I decided to devote this newsletter to the subject. Unfortunately, every type of seed has its own set of ideal conditions for germinating. There are no ‘one size fits all’ types of recommendations I can give you. As such, I am writing individually about some of the most popular shade loving annual flowers and how to start them from seed.
December 2003 - You may have heard of fertilizer burn. Fertilizer burn occurs when a plant is exposed to an excessive amount of salt. Of course salt is also used to melt ice in the winter. As such, if you need to melt some ice near a garden or lawn area an ideal method would be to use a chemical fertilizer. A genus of plants that I am currently very excited about getting to “know” up close and personal are Saxifraga, commonly called saxifrage or rockfoil. The name Saxifraga is an old Latin name used by Pliny.
November 2003 - Most of this newsletter is dedicated to the term sense of place. If you never thought about it before, I encourage you to think about it now, both in terms of your own landscape, and in the development of your community. In addition, I have included an article on the 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year, which just so happens to be a fabulous plant for shade gardeners and certainly will be readily available in the spring with its new crown of glory and publicity.
October 2003 - Water features, such as ponds, are becoming increasingly popular in the home landscape. In the article “Preparing Your Pond for Winter” I provide some tips on what you should do to help your pond and fish get safely through the winter. In the article “Looking at Naked Trees” I try to get you to look at trees in ways you may have never done before - notice their beauty and unique characteristics, architecture and form."
September 2003 - This newsletter is a little unusual in that it is comprised of one article. However, the subject of this article, architecture in the landscape, is so important as to warrant this level of attention. In it you will learn some of the considerations I make when creating a custom design for a customer."
August 2003 - In this issue we discuss the key to a successful small wildflower garden, some tips on how to light your garden and day lilies, the nearly perfect shade plant."
July 2003 - In this issue, we look at bulbs. Don’t fear that because you have shade you can’t have bulbs. Many bulbs naturally grow in woodlands and can tolerate a fair amount of shade.
June 2003 - In this issue, we look at shade tolerant conifers, why you shouldn't continuously change flowers planted under a tree, how to extend the life of cut flowers, planting flowers in drifts and tips on creating a woodland garden.
May 2003 - In this issue, we look at two dimensions of why all plants and trees aren't created equal. First, some hostas require more light then others. Second, some trees are more friendly to plants beneath them than others. Finally, we touch on how to get an instant tropical garden in the summer.
April 2003 - Did you know earthworms can move stones that weigh 50 times their own weight? Why aren’t your daffodils blooming? If your daffodils didn’t bloom this spring they probably need to be transplanted to a sunnier location. Most people don’t give street trees much thought, which is unfortunate. Street trees make urban environments much more habitable. See my suggestions.
March 2003 - Spring is finally here. In a few weeks the soil will be warm enough in just about all the states for planting. Don’t be caught unprepared. Order your Mycorrhizal Fungi - its unlike chemical fertilizers. Also Order your Garden Plan. We’ll create a garden design to your specifications, satisfaction guaranteed.
February 2003 - Having just returned from a vacation in the Caribbean, I thought I'd focus this issue on some plants that people typically think of as tropical - ferns. But as you're about to read, there are ferns that do well in most corners of the earth. Also, my typical winter project - adding more plants to the Shade Plants and Shade Trees Encyclopedia - is nearing closure. I'll be adding around 40 new plants, and updating many of the others.
January 2003 - This issue covers shade plants in three different ways. First, we discuss the use of perennials in a planter (Sedum). Second, building on last months articles on plants that love moisture, in this issue we cover plants that love a dry environment. Lastly, we discuss the use of fine textured foliage.
December 2002 - This issue covers shade plants that love moisture - while few of us would consider a shady area with an inch of standing water as ideal growing conditions, that’s exactly what some plants love. Secondly, just as houses have rooms, so should gardens. By creating rooms in your garden you can create a sense of intimacy and purpose.
November 2002 - This issue of our gardening newsletter covers some of the fall gardening tasks, the origins of Christmas trees, topiary for the holidays and the shade plant of the month, Helleborus.
October 2002 - This issue has two articles, both are oriented around planting beneath trees - an obvious shade area. The first discusses the general conditions and the second discusses an appropriate selection of shade plants.
September 2002 - This issue of the My Shade Garden newsletter has two articles. The first, Carving a Garden Out of a Forest, discusses, well, how to carve a garden out of a forest. The second discusses the shade plant Caladium. It is a beautiful, exotic and fascinating plant. Caladiums are grown primarily for their beautiful leaves.