Lava Lamp Coral Bell

IMG_5790.JPG 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 […]

Flower Flaunt Friday

IMG_5702.JPG 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 […]

Easy Wave Velour Red

IMG_5478.JPG End of the season and look at those Easy Wave Velour Red.  With colors like these I’m a new fan of the petunia plant! The plant has a really cool shape as it evenly grows in width as well as height throughout the summer.  It has really taken off even as our temperatures deep in […]

Sights and Sounds of My Midwest Autumn

The Hum of the Neighors Combine Fall is the most colorful time in my Midwest garden as the plants and trees show off one last time before going to sleep for the winter.  Here are a few of the sights you won’t want to miss from my Midwest Autumn. These are a few of the things I love most about Autumn. […]

Distant Drum Sunrise

IMG_5226.JPG This just maybe my last walk and share from my front rose garden to capture the blooms for 2014. After being cheated out of a spring filled with new rose blooms I’m not going to complain about the abundance of blooms this late in the season. It’s killing me not being able to cut them […]

New Chrysanthemums and a Growing Tip

A few of my favorite mums Each  Autumn a few of my local garden centers carry a few new varieties of chrysanthemums.  It is so much fun to look at the spectacular show on display at the center and pick a few new ones to grow in my home garden. This month while looking for a tree to replace one we […]

Ultimate Walkout Landscape

Infinity Edge Reflection Pool The aultiment  When I think of walkout landscaping this spectacular lake front garden that was part of a landscape tour I went on in Cleveland Ohio in 2012 is the first thing that pops into my mind. How cool is this platform that hoovers over Lake Erie giving you the effect that you are walking […]

Remembering Spring in my September Garden

IMG_4658.JPG It’s early a late morning share from my rose garden that I started out front my sun room two years ago. September 25 was a perfect weather day in the garden with a cool breeze and temperatures in the low 70’s. The roses blooming today like they do in late May is a wonderful surprise […]

Tips on Growing Begonia in the Home Garden

IMG_4671.JPG In the spring I did some experimenting and started a few begonias from seed / root. I had grown a begonia from a tuber a year ago successfully but because it was my first time the green that slowly grew was lost when I put it back in the greenhouse the following Autumn. Here’s how to grow […]

It’s Autumn at Bench’s Greenhouse

 It’s almost Autumn and I’m totally in the mood to decorate the garden as we head into the fall season. One of my favorite things to do is to head out for a drive and check out the sights and sounds in my area as the season changes. Trunk full…. Time to head home and […]

Why Limelight Hydrangea in Your Homegarden

IMG_4437.JPG Why consider a Limelight Hydrangea? Not only is this shrub easy to grow, it can be found in most garden centers and the rich colored blooms may help you make your decision. There are hundreds of blooms that are about 8″x 5″ full flowers that can be cut and brought indoors. This Limelight Hydrangea was […]