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St. Patrick's Day 2019

Posted by Kathryn Newman on Mar 17th 2019

St. Patrick's Day 2019
It's a bit o' green to help us make it until spring.  A little black metal tub is lined with a plastic bag to hold the potting soil.  A miniature "ivy" climbs over the simple triple arbor - just three flexible wooden stakes with the ends tucked in the soil.  Yellow baby tears grow along the back, with a clump of miniature mondo grass at the opposite end of the arbor.  Bits of gray Spanish moss are nestled along the edge to mask the plastic liner and cover the open soil. 
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Golf Garden How-To

Posted by Kathryn Newman on Apr 4th 2018

Golf Garden How-To
Here in Illinois, we're still waiting for the grass to turn green.  I'm sure the golfers are as anxious to get out on the course as the gardeners are to get out in their flower beds.  A little golf garden is just the thing to remind us that our season is coming.  Start with a small container (this one is about 4" x 10") and fill it to the top with soil-less potting mix.  Three plants are all that is needed for a balanced arrangement.  A small tree adds height t
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Happy St Patrick's Day!

Posted by Kathryn Newman on Mar 23rd 2018

Happy St Patrick's Day!
After a long winter of grays and browns, it feels good to see some green again! St. Patrick's Day gardens are a favorite of mine. I'm not Irish, but I really do love the color green. Using a single color (aka a monochromatic color scheme) lets you focus its shades and tints, and textures and patterns without the distraction of mixing different hues. How do you make an all green garden interesting? Use plants with different habits: upright growers, trailing plants, rounded forms. Pick plants
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