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Romance in the Garden (dioecious plants)

dioecious plants with Sensible Gardening

All too often I hear people complain that they bought a particular plant specifically for its fruit or berries, only to be disappointed that they produced neither. Even though the plant was grown in ideal conditions, there was no production, so the gardener blames himself or herself. What these gardeners didn’t realize is that some plants are dioecious plants meaning they…

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Welcoming Ladybugs

Ladybug pest control with Sensible Gardening. How to attract and keep ladybugs in your garden.

It’s hard not to smile when you think about ladybugs. While other members of the beetle family are not so popular, ladybugs have found a place in many a gardener’s heart. I’m always amazed at how many ladybugs I find inside my house from fall through to spring. Walking here and there but really not going any where. They always…

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Perennials for Winter Wow

winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

Fall clean up is an important part of garden tending. Messy, fallen over perennials need to be cut down, finished annuals should be removed and weeds should continue to be pulled and controlled. There are some plants however that are best left alone. I call these my winter garden plants as they give interest to your otherwise barren winter garden.…

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Favorite Fall Perennials

Best fall perennials with Sensible Gardening

Just as we enjoy perennials that bloom in spring or summer, there are also perennials that are in their full natural glory in the fall. Growing steadily all summer they wait until early or even mid to late fall to bloom. By planting these cultivars of my best fall perennials in your garden you will extend your garden season. When…

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The Unexpected Green Flower

The green flower with Sensible Gardening

As much as I love the riot of colour in a garden, I’ve lately become intrigued and attracted to the sophistication of the uncommon green flower. The colour green is prominent in nature, found usually in foliage, but quite unusual however as a flower colour. The green of plants is produced by chlorophyll, which converts light into energy the plant…

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Tips for Controlling Mint

controlling mint with Sensible Gardening

All the different mints are wonderful to grow as they are excellent for making delicious mint tea. Peppermint is said to be good for digestion. Unfortunately the mint family can be very invasive so care should be given when deciding to add this plant to your garden. There are effective methods for controlling mint. Controlling Mint Use Containers: The best…

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Come Again Perennials

Re-blooming perennials with Sensible Gardening

Annuals are well loved mainly because they bloom all summer. Perennials on the other hand, mainly have one flush of flowers per season. After blooming they move into dormancy to perform again the following year. Not to worry though as many perennials will re-bloom a second time in the season if they are given the proper care. Not all perennials are…

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Tips for Fall Plant Sales

Bargain plants with Sensible Gardening

As we move into late summer and early fall, local nurseries start to clear out their excess stock of plants. You will often see sales of up to 50% off regular prices, but is this really a good time to buy plants? Yes and no. It’s tempting to purchase bargain plants but a bit of common sense and attention to detail will go…

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Flower Seeds to Plant at Summers End

Planting flower seeds in fall with Sensible Gardening

When we think of growing flowers from direct seeding into the garden we tend to think of early spring after all danger of frost has passed. There are however many ornamental flowers that you can direct sow at the end of summer or just before a hard frost. Planting flower seeds in fall is beneficial to many cultivars. Many seeds…

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The 1 Pot Herb Garden

Potted herbs with Sensible Gardening

Not everyone has a big garden to grow rows and rows of vegetables and herbs. Many gardeners grow what they need on decks, patios and balconies where space can be at a premium. It’s nice to grow a wide selection of herbs but too many potted herbs possibly means there is no place to sit, or to have a small…

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Too Hot For This Gardener

Tips for staying cool with Sensible Gardening

It happens every year. I start out with a great burst of energy in the spring and carry on pretty good until the hot weather of our summer months. I garden in a semi arid area where the summers are long and sizzling hot and dry. Everyone loves to come here to soak up our sun and play in the…

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Six Steps to Amazing Zinnias

Growing zinnias with Sensible Gardening

Growing zinnias is far from difficult. Zinnias are a great garden annual that anyone can grow. Loving full sun and a fertile sandy soil, they bloom all summer in beautiful shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, white and multi colours.They give your flower beds a great splash of colour. Zinnias grow quickly and can be very heavy bloomers They…

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