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One of the best low growing ground covers, Thymus serpyllum forms evergreen dense cushions 5 to 10cm tall.

One of the best low growing ground covers, Thymus serpyllum forms evergreen dense cushions 5 to 10cm tall.

Delosperma ashtonii 'Blut'  Blut Ice Plant ~ intense magenta flower; once established, grow hot and dry to intensify flower color

Delosperma ashtonii 'Blut' Blut Ice Plant ~ intense magenta flower; once established, grow hot and dry to intensify flower color

Creeping Jenny makes a great grass alternative

No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn

Hostas are great for planting under trees where grass will not grow. by roslyn

Hostas are great for planting under trees where grass will not grow. by roslyn

Thymus pseudolanuginosus; One of the best Creeping Thymes for general groundcover purposes. This is a low, creeping species with fuzzy grey-green foliage, occasionally producing soft-pink flowers. A strong grower, ideal as a drought-tolerant lawn substitute or for planting between flagstones, tolerating moderate foot traffic.

Thymus pseudolanuginosus; One of the best Creeping Thymes for general groundcover purposes. This is a low, creeping species with fuzzy grey-green foliage, occasionally producing soft-pink flowers. A strong grower, ideal as a drought-tolerant lawn substitute or for planting between flagstones, tolerating moderate foot traffic.

Purple Flowering Groundcover - Campanula Portenschlagiana - a plant that grows in less-than-ideal conditions and has long-lasting foliage. Plant care info is on the post - via Northern Shade

Purple Flowering Groundcover - Campanula Portenschlagiana - a plant that grows in less-than-ideal conditions and has long-lasting foliage. Plant care info is on the post - via Northern Shade

When not in use, the gas firepit can be covered with a slab of ipe wood, which converts it into a coffee table.

40 Great Ideas for Decks

When not in use, the gas firepit can be covered with a slab of ipe wood, which converts it into a coffee table.

Find out in the illustration, the basics of growing and planting roses. Print and save for using later.

30 Diagrams to Make You Master in Growing Roses

Find out in the illustration, the basics of growing and planting roses. Print and save for using later.

‘Tis the season for spectacular light displays in the nighttime skies from exploding fireworks. You can mimic these explosions of color in your garden by growing plants bursting with color-infused foliage and blooms. Several heat-loving annuals and perennial flowers are  named for 4th of July fireworks. One of my favorites is ‘Fireworks’ fountaingrass, a new [...]

grow your own fireworks

‘Tis the season for spectacular light displays in the nighttime skies from exploding fireworks. You can mimic these explosions of color in your garden by growing plants bursting with color-infused foliage and blooms. Several heat-loving annuals and perennial flowers are named for 4th of July fireworks. One of my favorites is ‘Fireworks’ fountaingrass, a new [...]

Any discerning gardener knows that a world-class rose bush will distinguish a home. Its elegant stems, vibrant green leaves and luxurious blooms seem like the work of a seasoned expert. But most gardeners also assume that such roses are out of their reach – unless they commit to frequent feeding, pest removal and painstaking care. …

4 Tips for Growing World-Class Roses

Any discerning gardener knows that a world-class rose bush will distinguish a home. Its elegant stems, vibrant green leaves and luxurious blooms seem like the work of a seasoned expert. But most gardeners also assume that such roses are out of their reach – unless they commit to frequent feeding, pest removal and painstaking care. …

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