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Why now is the time to create a home vegetable garden

As the current battle against the coronavirus rages and images of wartime are invoked, memories of the famous “victory gardens” of World War I and II come to mind. During both wars, over 20 million victory gardens, large and small, were planted and produced almost 40 percent of the nation’s fresh vegetables. People grew their own produce in planters, on fire escapes, in empty lots and backyards. 

Today, as the pandemic takes hold around the world, panicky shoppers are cleaning out stores, and basic foods like dried beans and potatoes are becoming increasingly difficult to find. As a result, even individuals with no gardening experience are searching YouTube for DIY videos on building raised beds and planting gardens.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Gardens With A Theme Container Gardening Landscape How-To Videos

The 5 Steps in Thinking through Your Life-Scape

Here’s a simple but crucial piece of information that anyone interested in their landscape needs to remember: landscapes are living entities. They are complex, integrated ecosystems comprised of plants that sprout, grow and eventually die; of creatures large and small that live on, in, and around those plants; of rocks, soil, and minerals that retain moisture, dry out, erode, and transform. That’s why I refer to landscapes by the more realistic term, “Life-Scapes”, to remind us of this fact. In short, they are highly dynamic and should not – cannot – be thought of as static set-pieces.

Topics: Gardens With A Theme Designing Gardens and Landscapes

Instagram Your Garden with Monique

Let me start off by thanking all of you who subscribe, read, and comment on The Garden Continuum's Garden Design & Fine Gardening blog. We totally appreciate your engagement with us!

We try to keep the information concise and relevant by posting in-depth articles that we hope are helping you to develop into a better gardener and to build and maintain a beautiful landscape that brings you joy and satisfaction in every season.

But even with that focus, I'm guessing that there are times when reading an entire informational blog post isn't possible. Am I right? 

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Gardens With A Theme

Bulb care: How to get the most out of your bulbs, now and later

Bulbs are perhaps one of the most valuable and productive friends a flower gardener can have. Cared for properly, they seem to automatically provide life and color in a bleak landscape after a hard winter. They are springtime incarnate.

But after bulbs finish flowering, there’s the ugly aftermath. Faded, collapsed petals; wilted and yellowing leaves and stems. What’s a gardener to do?

Let’s start by taking a closer look at the anatomy of bulbs to learn how to properly care for them and determine an appropriate time and technique for cleaning up that mess while still supporting the health and vitality of the bulb.

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The Power of Positive Bulb Planting

If you’re a flower person, you’ll do just about anything to extend the colorful season to enjoy plants in bloom and a riot of color in your gardens. Doing any work now may sound odd, seeing that this is the start of the gloomy season of late fall, when most plants have died back, skies are grey, and the hint of winter is in the air.

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Shade Gardens

Shade Gardens - Flowers Accent a Lush Landscape

This garden in Wellesley, Mass uses all manner of plants to make this landscape into a lush display of color. The carpet of green grass is surrounded by blooming trees and shrubs as well as flowering perennials and ground covers. The success of this vista is in the composition of structure and texture. By mixing woody ornamental plants in with herbaceous plants a spectacular dance ensues that draws you in. Off to the right - just outside the frame of this image - is a sturdy hammock just beckoning for a visit. Can you imagine a rest filled afternoon amidst this garden?

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Gardens With A Theme Designing Gardens and Landscapes Seasonal Garden Interest

Kid Spaces

Kid Space - Time to Play

Create a fun, clean, and safe area for your children to play in the landscape while being eco-friendly and promoting drainage.

This Newton play set is installed in a modest yard by nestling it into a visible corner of the property. Proper clearance for swinging along with a deep riverstone base makes this a very safe place for all child activities.

The pea stone base in this application is also helping keep the property well drained. Set up at the properties natural low point, it serves as a perfect location to allow percolation and water recharge into the sub soils.

Topics: Gardens With A Theme

Landscape Field Videos: How to Deadhead a Daylily

How to Deadhead a Daylily

Due to the great response we received from our previous blog on How to Deadhead a Daylily, The Garden Continuum went ahead and created a Video HOW-TO on the subject. Many of you found our post helpful and informative and we hope that this video tutorial will add even more insight into rejuvenating your daylily plants.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Gardens With A Theme Landscape and Garden Maintenance

Bulb Garden Landscaping Ideas

Bulbs - Dramatic Yellow in the Garden


This dramatic yellow flower is Fritillaria 'Lutea'.

It is planted in the autumn at the same time as your tulips and daffodils. This flower blooms in early May and stands three feet tall on sturdy stems that need no support.

There is also a deep orange red called Fritillaria rubra 'Maxima' and a soft orange called Fritillaria 'Aurora'.

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Perennial Landscaping Ideas

Perennials - Put Your Purple on in the Garden

Nothing says "beautiful" better than gardens with color.

Topics: Home Landscape Ideas Gardens With A Theme Designing Gardens and Landscapes