The Joy of Landscaping

A Gardening Blog

The Resiliency of Plants (Sometimes)


In the process of creating a new bed, I rejoice in the resiliency of a plant and vow to avoid inflicting future plant stress.

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Companions for Grasses


Interested in using grasses in your landscape? Consider these principles when deciding what to plant with them.

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Flowering Shrubs that Should be Used More Often


Looking for some plant ideas that don't show up on every "Best for ..." list? Here's the first in a series of posts that will highlight some plants you may not know about and that deserve to be used more often. The topic here is deciduous flowering shrubs.


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Substitutes & Options for Some Common Invasive Plants - Part 2


This is the second part of blogs providing substitutes and alternative plants to some of the more commonly found invasive plants. Part 1 focused on shrubs while this post covers other plant types.

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Substitutes & Options for Some Common Invasive Plants - Part 1


The joy of the abundance of plant options!

While my last blog - Invasive plants: avoid these very bad boys! - was not very joyful, with listings of plants to avoid, I will get back to the "joy" of landscaping by providing substitutes for some of them. This post will cover shrubs while a future post will address other plant categories.

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