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7 Excellent Screening Hedges via A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies

Our new neighbors want to plant a hedge between the houses, so I went off and did some research of some of the best hedge plants for Southern California. There is a lot of great information in this article. Give it a read before you plant your new hedge. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus […]

Finally, a new fence in the garden!

We have wanted to replace the broken-down wooden fence on our north property line almost since we moved in 20 years ago, but for a variety of reasons we were never able to make it happen. This week though a young couple became our new neighbors and a new fence was one of the first […]

Serene Photos Highlight the Tranquil Beauty of 100 Japanese Gardens via My Modern Met

I don’t think I have the patience to develop my own Japanese-style garden, but I do LOVE looking at them and walking within them. If you are looking for great ideas you can incorporate into your own gardens, check out these photos. They provide some amazing examples. — Douglas   Read Serene Photos Highlight the […]

Ask the Expert: How to Use Plants for Privacy in a City Garden via Gardenista

“Good fences make good neighbors,” said Robert Frost, but it doesn’t mean that a fence is the only way to gain some privacy on your property. Sometimes a good hedgerow is often better. It is certainly more beautiful. It provides wildlife habitat and it can be molded and shaped according to your whim. In this […]

In the Japanese Garden

Follow A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook In the Japanese Garden A lantern sits beside a path in this Japanese Garden in Pasadena, California   * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! Read more on this topic: […]

Our Earth Day Garden Addition – New England Arbors “Athens” Vinyl Arbor $128.24

We have been meaning to get a trellis for the Lady Bank’s Rose in the front garden for a long time, but it wasn’t growing very fast and we concentrated on other, more important tasks. That all changed this Winter and Spring, though. With the large amount of rain we had — along with the […]

10 best gardening books via The Independent

Another great set of books to start working through. I see at least 5 that I will be requesting from the library immediately, if possible. I highly recommend you check out your own local library, too! — Douglas No matter what plants you want to grow, or style of garden you want to maintain, you’ll […]

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Ireland via Gardenista

Another great set of garden ideas from the other side of the Atlantic — Douglas     From the point of view of a plant, Ireland is heaven. Humans may as well abandon their instinct for neatness and symmetry; plants grow too well here. Whether tender or hardy, the climate (not too cold, not too […]

Noted: 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from London – Gardenista

More great ideas on how to dress up your garden, no matter how large or small — Douglas Read 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from London – Gardenista via Gardenista An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Noted: Field Guide: Smoke Bush by Kendra Wilsonvia via Gardenista Noted: A […]

Noted: The Best 23 DIY Ideas to Make Garden Stairs and Steps

Adding DIY steps and stairs to your garden or yard is a great way to enhance your outdoor landscaping whether they are perfectly flat or happen to sit in a slope. On the other hand, stairs on a garden offers ease of access to go from one level to another and serve as a walkway […]