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About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.

Got Milk…….. Weed?

Milkweed, an ignored plant of the road side, is making a comeback with gardeners and people concerned with the environment. A fascinating plant valuable to many insects, including the Monarch, is essential to providing food and shelter for many animals and insects. Continue reading

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Hypertufa Party

How to make a beautiful garden trough with all the character of a carved stone English feeding troughs traditionally made out of granite. Continue reading

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Butterfly Watching

August is butterfly month and the best time to observe and photograph them. Temperature, time of day, and certain types of flowers will attract them to your yard. Continue reading

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Plant Lust: More Must-Haves

New perennial plant introductions come out in the hundreds every year. But these plants top my list to buy for next year’s garden. Continue reading

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Rolling in the Blackberries

Blackberries are the ultimate easy to grow super food for your yard. Ease of culture, picking, and eating, makes this berry a win win for anyone. Continue reading

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Plant Lust- 8 Must Haves

Plant lust or envy is a condition with no cure or treatment. A craving or appetite for unusual plants is a well known condition in garden circles and you learn to live with it. See what is on my current list. Continue reading

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Nectar in a Pot-Movable Feast

Do you want to have a pollinator garden but just don’t have the space for one? Plant a container instead, one that you could move around to sunny spots on your balcony or patio- like a movable feast! Continue reading

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Lawn Alternatives-Moss, Sedge, and Creeping Thyme

Fescue lawns are disappearing more and more from American landscapes. Find out about some alternatives that are less maintenance and eco-friendly. Continue reading

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Echibeckia??? Black Eyed Susan/Coneflower Cross

Try crossing two staples of the perennial border -black-eyed susans and coneflowers, and you come up with Echibeckias for a totally new flavor that combines the best qualities of each. Continue reading

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African Blue Basil and Basil Downy Mildew

Basil Downy Mildew is decimating basil plants everywhere. Plant African Blue Basil which is immune to this disease to continue to make delicious pesto. Continue reading

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