Important Elements In Your Garden

I did not start planting ornamental grasses in my garden until about five years ago. Up until then, I preferred pretty blooms or fragrant herbs. 

Then I realized what they bring to your gardening spaces. They bring height, texture and they help fill out empty areas with their bulk.

Every year I learn something new to enhance my gardening spaces. 

In terms of vines, some, like the potato vine, are a gift that keeps on giving. After mine are established, I will cut off up to a foot off the length and spread them around the garden. 

It will look wilted and sad for a few days, but given the proper water and nurturing it will grow into a full plant of its own, as seen above. (I like to place them where they get a bit of shade from other plants until they get established.)

Gardening isn't just about filling pots or planting along a fence line. It is about making sure you have the various components to fill your garden with the most suitable choices to give you the biggest bang for your buck. And thus give you gardens you will love to gaze at throughout the season.

I like to plant a variety of annuals, perennials, vines, grasses, herbs and flowers. Then maintain your garden throughout the growing season. It will surely reward you for our efforts.

Adding whimsy in the way of Rusty the rooster and other garden features only add to your landscape. (And they don't need any care!)

I'll be back later for Tweak It.


  1. hi, brenda, love your rooster!!! angie from germany

  2. Brenda, your fern is beautiful as are your grassy plants.. Rusty looks like he enjoys being close to the fern.. I hope he keeps his crowing to a minimum !
    I bought several different types of grasses, all pereniels , this year and I think they add a lot to the other plants and flowers..
    We are having very hot temperatures today and tomorrow and possible severe storms.. Wednesday is supposed to be the beginning of the effects of the Polar Vortex.. Can't wait..

  3. Yes! More of your beautiful garden photos and inspiration! I really love ornamental grasses. Without them, my containers seem incomplete. Like something is missing!

    I'm hoping your weather has cooled off and you can spend a lot of time enjoying your garden. No hot weather for us yet. Usually, not until August.

  4. Grasses provide movement too. I love how they sway in the breeze. :)

  5. I've always liked ornamental grasses. They add a naturally simple element to a garden. xo Laura

  6. We just planted some ornamental grasses on the hill behind our deck...they're growing nicely but I can't wait to see how big they get next summer...I love the way the blades of grass move in the pretty!

  7. I love ornamental grasses. We recently planted four of them in the small ditch area beside our driveway. I can't wait until they grow really tall and start swaying in the breeze.

  8. Living in the country and not having the HOA that some have OR the city ordinances that others have...I'm free to let thing grow a little wild in my garden. I have one area of my garden that is growing over with Mustang grape vine, some english ivy, Zucchini, Big Boy Tomatoe and Four O'clocks and Black Eyed Susans...
    It looks totally unkept and wild-- but I love the textures, the colors of the leaves and flowers ALL MIXED TOGETHER.
    It makes me smile. The Butterflies and the Hummingbirds love it too.
    You make your patio Garden looks so beautiful, and in a short amount of time too.
    looks pretty.

  9. The grasses are very cool and I will look to add some to my outdoor space!

  10. I need to add some to my gardens! Thanks for the hints! Love your pretty garden!

  11. Brenda your blog looks so pretty. Just wanted to tell you. Love your signature.

  12. I love ornamental grasses too. You're right about how they make a great backdrop for more showy plants. Unfortunately, our pompass grass did not survive our harsh winter last year. We had just pruned it back in the Fall and it never came back this Spring.

  13. This is the first year in forever that I haven't had a vegetable garden or many flowers, because of our move, starting a new job and so on. So, I have enjoyed looking at yours! My husband wasn't really into gardening until we got together, and he has really missed the plants too. The other day he rattled off a list of flowers that we will just have to have when we start a garden again. I'm happy he's caught gardening fever too.


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