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Balcony Wall Garden and Swiss Chard Tomato Containers Garden © copyright Shawna Coronado

Mid-Summer Garden Update

New Balcony Containers — With all the rain we have had in the Midwest, I have seen a tremendous amount of early growth in my test-garden vegetables. While I usually have to water my...

Calendula Biscuits

Calendula-Orange Biscuit Recipe

When I first met Teresa O’Connor, garden writer extraordinaire, I knew we would be great garden friends. She has an amazingly informative blog, Seasonal Wisdom, and is a writer, author, speaker and consultant about...

Living Wall Gate Pocket Garden

How To Build a Living Wall Pocket Garden

Many of the living walls featured in my book, Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, are focused on pre-made systems. Yet a few are homemade systems built with a bit of...

Backyard Garden Room Patio Makeover After

Backyard Garden Room Makeover – Before and After

It is time to continue our three months of AE Outdoor “Creating the Perfect Patio” garden room makeover project – the last redecorating project is focused on making a blank, awkwardly shaped flagstone patio...

Crockpot Chicken Rosemary

Delicious Herb Broth Recipe

Chris McLaughlin is a super-dee-duper author friend of mine famous for her passionate growing stories and tales of how she dyes her own wool and lives in the country with her family (as well...

Pink Dahlia in the garden of Shawna Coronado

How To Grow a Dahlia Flower

Growing a dahlia flower always seemed like this mysterious, complicated thing that was beyond my gardening skills, but I discovered it is easy to plant and grow a dahlia. Last year Longfield Gardens sent...

Newborn Baby Robins in nest

Robin Birds Hatch In My Garden

Last year we had an incredible experience in the garden; robins came and laid their eggs low enough that I could capture them on camera. We named the parents Elvis and Priscilla Robin –...

Swallowtail Butterfly on Echinacea

Top 10 Drought Tolerant Perennials

Want to save money by watering less and have a garden that needs very little attention? Try planting a drought tolerant or native perennial garden this season. Below I have listed some of my...

Potpal Dinosaurs on the garden path of Shawna Coronado

Dinosaurs for your Garden Containers

Whimsy. Lots of gardens lack it, yet every garden designer considers it. If you don’t have the budget for a giant whimsy-filled statue or time to rebuild that back garden into a whimsical hobbit...