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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.

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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Plant Geek Alert-Pink Zazzle Gomphrena

Pink Zazzle Gomphrena is a unique garden worthy plant that will add loads of color to the edge of the border and last for months as a dried flower for fall and winter arrangments. Continue reading

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Farmer Florist-My Luscious Backyard

Sarah Nixon of ‘My Luscious Backyard’ in Toronto, made a compelling demonstration that you can grow your own flowers and foliage to make your one-of-a-kind floral arrangements with very little space and time. Continue reading

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Bee Counted

  Drum roll please!……..It is National Pollinator Week starting today and you need to start counting those bees. Go to my post Pollinator Week to see the drill, but it is real simple. Name the flower, and then do a quick count, … Continue reading

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Deutzia-Retro Shrub

Deutzia is an old-fashioned shrub that has been re-packaged into a much smaller beautiful shrub for smaller landscapes and containers. Continue reading

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