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Gardening in zone 5b

North America is divided into gardening zones to help categorize and create organization when sharing garden information. This is where you will find information about growing in zone 5b Ohio.

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Manure Makers : Autumn Veggie Garden Update

Winter came early this year with our first snow fall on November 14. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I’m we were able to get the veggie garden covered with a few inches of manure from the neighbors horses.  Upon completion of spreading the manure I had to share an image on Social […]
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Sunflower in Landscape

Successes and Failures in the Garden 2014

It’s Monday …  when I turned on my PC and started my Pandora playlist for background music as I worked the first song was Manic Monday. This weekend was our first hard frost in Ohio and I lost a few pretties outside but everything I wanted to save for next year or grow over the […]
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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Plumbago in Autumn

In my ‘Red, White and Blue Garden’ the plumbago is still putting on a striking color show. I’m so glad I added this to this little 6’x6′ growing space outside the mud room entry. The only problem I’ve had with this plant is I keep forgetting it’s name. @BG_garden plumbago — renita alexander (@kineard3) October […]
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Lava Lamp Coral Bell

Tucked under a ornamental Japanese maple tree in the small garden in between the porch and front sun room entrance of my home there are a few tiny gardens. Each year it’s been fun trying new things in between the established perennials, hibiscus shrubs and tree. I’ve had containers tucked in between hosta plants,herbs, new […]
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Flower Flaunt Friday

Some of my fellow gardeners have shared with me how they enjoy this time of year because it is a break from all the labor in the summer garden.  I’m excited to see the color and pull things into the greenhouse to continue the growing as winter approaches.  Today I want to share with you some […]
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I'm in love with these leaves!

How to Grow Caladiums Indoors

One of the prettiest leaf patterns on a plant is that of the caladium. I just love the beautiful colors in the large heart shaped leaves of this plant and would do almost anything to keep it growing indoors through the winter. A few years ago…..
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Think Weed and add a Joe Pye to Your Garden

This is the first year in my landscape located behind the garage that the Joe Pye weed is larger then my Oakleaf hydrangea.  At first I was totally bummed that my beloved hydrangea had to be cut all the way back to the ground after the hard winter. Once the Herbaceous perennial ( Joe Pye weed) […]
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Hiding Out with Hostas : Tips on Planting Tulips

Summer is quickly coming to an end and it is time to seriously start thinking about Spring. As the blooms start to fad and the cool days of Autumn are just around the corner it’s time to start digging holes for bulbs. One of my favorite additions to the garden that I enjoy having as […]
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Hosta Flowers

OUCH … does that hurt? Hosta Flowers

Hosta plants have been a staple in my garden for over 20 years.  I can’t imagine a garden in the Midwest without these easy to grow perennials.  There are hundreds of different sizes and shapes all of which flowers at some point during the late season.  Blooms of which I have been cutting off the […]
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Summer Crush in Michigan Garden

Summer Crush on Perennial Hibiscus

Little did I know when I planted this 3″ pot filled with a hibiscus perennial in my new rose garden in 2013 it would quickly grow to be one of my summer crushes.  I’m talking about a few of my favorite hibiscus including Heartthrob  that has huge blooms that come back every year in my Ohio home […]
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Saving Water During Dry Spell

All summer it seems I’ve been watching the rain develop over to the North and South of my garden leaving us dry and having to water the garden.  Recently neighboring community Toledo, Ohio water source  was declared toxic and over 400,000 residents were advised NOT to drink or water vegetables with the city water that […]
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Tropical Hibiscus

3 Hibiscus Plants : That Will Rock Your Home Garden

Some of the most stunning blooms in my home garden this week are coming from the Hibiscus Plants.  There are three different types of hibiscus in my garden and I ‘m going to share them with a growing tip for you today on this blog post. Perennial Hibiscus In the image below is my is […]
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One blue surprise after another

My Pink Hydrangea Turned Blue

The only explanation for the blooms finally turning blue after lower the pH of the soil is that this hydrangea did not bloom last year. Maybe if it would have bloomed they would have……
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willow upclose : is it the shrub for your garden?

Is Dappled Willow the RIGHT Choice in your Landscape

The willow that gives personality to the landscape 3 out of the 4 seasons in my Midwest may not be the right choice for all landscapes.  I first noticed the dappled willow or  ‘Hakuro-nishiki’  a few years ago on a residential property on the way into town.  The quick growing shrub was beautiful and appeared […]
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3 Things to Love About June Gardening

3 Things to Absolutely Love About Gardening in June

The 30 days of June are always filled with outdoor garden adventures because the temperature in the Northern Hemisphere is amazing and quite perfect in my opinion as a Midwest gal! It’s hard to believe we are at the end of June 2014 and I can’t help but reminisce on the wonderful things the garden […]
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Golden Celebration Blooms after being planted bareroot 3 weeks ago!

Successful Rose Planting

You’ve heard the saying a millions times but I seriously can’t help but say ‘ If I can grow them … you can too!’ when I share about roses.  I’m a fairly new rose-fanatic and I want to help you grow success like I have so please be sure to ask questions on my blog […]
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Hostas Rule this Bed Until the Roses Take Over - Mid-May 2014

Inspiring Green Companion Plant

Funny what will inspired us to share something so easy to take for granted each day.  That is what almost happen to this hosta plant that is a companion to my roses for the past 8 years in one of my landscape. This hosta just outside my mud room door to the garden is captivating […]
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Allium Blooming in my Ohio Garden

Bees, Birds and More Plants to Welcome All

As I plant my veggies starters and seeds for a late spring – early summer harvest I can’t help but think of the beautiful blooms I am adding to the garden.  When I look at the Spring garden it is like a canvas just calling me to splash it with playful and welcoming color.  Today […]
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Friday Harvest and Planting Frenzy

What’s going on in the garden…. Olivia and I are harvesting radishes in the raised bed. Chives in bloom….Excellent on salad! Time to Plant Roses and Potatoes while we watch the spring veggies grow. What are you enjoying in the garden this time of year? Forgive me for such a short post but I have […]
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Traditional Rose of Sharon Shrub

Seedless VS Seed Rose of Sharon Shrub

Have you seen any exciting new shrubs to add to your landscape this season?  Now is the time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees in my gardening zone. One of my favorite plants to watch for at my local garden centers is from the Hibiscus family.  I’m passionate about the Rose of Sharon shrub and […]
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