Ilona's Garden Website Sitemap

An easy to follow, simple sitemap for Ilona's Garden


Ilona's Garden in Ohio
Making your home landscape more than a dream. Creative ideas and instructive how-to in the art of gardening: annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, and t

Start Here
Short guided tour of the garden site.

Gallery of Pages

Tasks and Tips
Seasonal tasks and gardening tips to put on your schedule for each month

Plant Profiles
Information on the best plants that I have grown in a garden. Descriptions of their appearance, photos, and growing information.

Garden Shop
My amazon picks of books, products, and garden accessories.Everything garden!

About me, My Garden
I ramble on about how I began my love of gardening, the history of my two main gardens, and who knows what!

Trees in Your Landscape
Selecting, planting, and growing trees. Profiles highlighting their attributes and growing requirements.

Best Garden Shrubs
Shrubs give form and structure to a garden.Shrubs contribute color, foliage, and sometimes fragrance in a big way. Used as hedges they divide areas, u

The Rose Page
Directory of articles, photos, and art related to roses.

Flowering Bulbs
Favorite Flowering Bulbs Just Tulips Daffodils Bulb Quicktips Minor Bulbs Flowering bulbs are not always bulbs...sometimes they are corms, or

Flowers by Type
All the pages that I've written on the topic of plants you grow for their flowers: perennials, annuals, bulbs; and the pages on how to grow them.

Growing Herb Plants in the Garden
Herb plant profiles and links to pages explaining how to cultivate them.

Home Vegetable Gardening
Grow your own food in your own yard.

Urban Gardening for the Ecopolitan
The city garden has certain design and plant needs. Beginning skills are not a problem. Learn how to plant your garden your way in the city.

Urban Garden Videos
Let's start a collection of video how-to! Here is Green Queen Sarah Copeland... You can find her blog @ Edible Living Bet you didn't know Tracy's

Urban Gardening Tips
I gardened in urban environments most of life- until I moved into the country to my present home. There certainly are some challenges to urban gardeni

Frugal Gardening
As I write this it is late October, and one of the best times to find garden bargains if you hurry out to your local nursery or order from your favori

Handy List of Plant Lists
Nothing has been more helpful to me than having a list of plants for specific situations.These lists were often included in the Appendix sections of t

Variegated Leaves
Variegation can produce some gorgeous effects in the garden and we instinctively know that by the way our eyes and hearts are drawn to these color fre

On a Cold Winter's Night: Indoor Bulbs
It is so hard for a gardener to lock up the growing season for winter, even when the platoons of garden catalogs begin marching in from the mailbox. A

Fairy Gardens and Fairy Houses
Fairy houses, fairy gardens, are something fun and intriguing to do with the kids or on your own.

Fairy Garden Inspiration
Enchanting fairy gardens are fun,small, and easy to create.The plants to choose and other ideas on making your own fairy garden.

Thyme In A Garden
More: Thyme takes upon itself to embellish the parts of the earth which other plants disdain. If there is an arid, stony, dry soil, burnt up by the su

Thymus citriodorus, lemon scented thyme
An especially noteworthy one of thymes for an herb garden or tucked into any garden bed.

Corylus avellana,Contorta: Harry Lauders Walking Stick
The highlight of a winter garden, the twisted branches of the contorted filbert create a fantasy picture against the stark landscape of winter.

Interesting Conifers
Conifers are both decorative and practical in value. The same protection that birds seek out will guard the edges of a garden, provide windbreak for a

Pyracantha To Set The Fall Garden Afire
Pyracantha Comes in Many Varieties The spiny Pyracantha shrub, also known as the firethorn bush, is a versatile addition to the landscape. It can be u

Perennial Garden Plants
Plant profiles, lists, general information all on the topic of growing perennial flowers.

English Garden Design Elements
How to make a garden in the style the English are so famous for. Abundant flowers and exuberant design are part of what we love about an English garden

English Country Garden Plants
Plants that you might find in an English Country Garden, for Americans

Peaceful Fountains, Meandering Pathways
...the combination of a path curving through a garden, a spot with a gently splashing fountain, and a garden seat are ideal in the creation of a garde

The Serenity Garden
A theme garden guaranteed to provide peace and repose for the gardener. Sparkling fountain, cool green foliage, and vine draped walls create calm.

Too Many Flowers
How can you say that there are too many flowers? What sort of garden heresy is this? Perhaps too many flowers all at one time is a distraction in your

Hostas, Shade Garden Foliage
How to grow hostas, hosta bloomtimes and garden information.

12 Bright Midsummer Perennial Bloomers
Midseason bloom is full of bright summer colors that match the mood and the atmosphere of summer in the Midwest. It gets hot here and the sun during m

Starfire Phlox
A Phlox with Gorgeous Color I love this phlox, which is saying alot because phlox plants do not usually do well for me. I like everything about it: th

Sweet Gum Trees
''O land and soil, red soil and sweet-gum tree, So scant of grass, so profligate of pines,'' ~Jean Toomer, Song of the Son The Sweet Gum tree is a tru

Hinoki Cypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa evergreen branches and dwarf stature make it a year-round landscape highlight.

Outside My Window: A Look Into Garden
My favorite garden author, Helen Van Pelt Wilson, had an intensely planted space she called her Look Into garden. Looking through a large casement win

Galium odoratum,Sweet Woodruff
An herb garden plant useful for groundcover in shady spots.

English Ivy
Beloved of some and bane to others, English Ivy, Hedera helix, is a groundcover/climber that I happen to love. It is on the PCA Least Wanted List,  so

Roses and Clematis Vines
The perfect pairing of plants for a trellis is to combine a climbing rose and a clematis vine. It makes for a romantic garden picture.

Steps To Making An Herb Garden
An herb garden is one of the easiest to begin. Herbs grow quickly and often need little care. After awhile they may become a bit ungainly in habit, th

The ONE Thing for a Great Garden
Ever see Jack Palance in 'City Slickers'? He dangled the ONE thing secret to all of life's answers during the whole movie. I don't think we ever found

5 Tips to Improve Clay Soil
Every type of soil has its good and bad characteristics, and like every woman knows, it is a matter of playing up the good features that creates the

Fairy Garden Extras
For those who love fairy gardens.... There are three wonderful and enchanting things about building a fairy garden, one is the planning, another is th

Shirley Poppies
Fairy Tale colors or citrus brights, these delicate poppies will delight you, and they reseed for June garden beauty every year.

Annuals Container Recipes
I love annuals. So much so, that it is a daunting task to try to profile all my favorites. As I was planting up my containers, it occurred to me that

Annual Flower Containers
Annuals for containers, recipes for delicious container gardening.

5 Container Tips and 5 Recipes
Follow These Easy Container Tips get the most beauty from your patio plants Use sphagnum moss to retain moisture. Planting in sun? Don't use dark

Containers of Flowers
Pretty Up Just About Anyplace Be sure to see...Favorite Container Ideas5 Container Tips Creating your own brightly colored accents Containers

Country Gardens
Let the Land Suggest Your Garden Style A Place in the Country........finding the Genius Loci of the wide open spaces Country gardens are somewhat

Garden style and design to Landscape Your Home
Short history of garden styles that make our modern landscape.The composition of style and how we can use it to create a garden.

Garden Style: The New American Style of Landscaping
Like grasses and James van Sweden's designs? Welcome to the New American style of landscape design. Strong statements with a modern look and xeriscape

How to Xeriscape Your Yard
When the weather is dry, and especially when it stays that way in drought, you want to know xeriscape techniques. Mulching is one, learn the others, t

For Dry Spaces : Plant List
One of the most valuable pieces of plant information is a list of plants for a particular growing condition. There are always certain spaces in the ya

The Prairie Garden
Few of us will ever see a true prairie like the pioneers of old had seen, but we still have the plants, and many of those are ideal

Asters Are September Assets
Asters are one of the many daisy family members. Often called Michaelmas Daisies since their autumn blooming coincides with the September 29th date of

September Garden Chores
September Maintenance Guide Garden Tips for September Flowers *If you must move peonies or if you want to start some new division ( they really don't

Peonies In My Garden
I grow the herbaceous type of peony, both the types with single and double blooms. I love their fragrance and the delicate satin texture of their peta

Gallery of Peonies in My Garden, Early June
Early June just burst with bloom around here, in my Ohio garden. That is when the scent of the luscious peonies, with early roses such as the Thérèse

Therese Bugnet Rose
The reasons you should plant this gorgeous rose. Characteristics of a fine rugosa shrub rose for your garden.

Roses, Roses, Roses in My Garden, Page 1
hardy roses and plant choice list in Ilona's Garden

New
As the site grows this is where the update news can be found. Site news: Lots of changes in 2011. I gave the whole site a new template to better navig

Vegetables
Growing your own food is more than a fad

Growing Vegetables
Gardening is half science and half art. There is a huge knowledge base for growing plants well, especially food plants, but thankfully the knack can b

A French Vegetable Garden for an American Gardener
The potager is the ideal combination of vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers in a space intensively gardened in an economical way.

The Kitchen Garden
Dreaming of succulent vegetables, fruits bursting with sweetness and juice, redolent herbs to spice up the cooking pot? Like many before you, a kitche

Cottage Gardening
Cottage gardening design elements and plants for creating a cottage garden

The Plants of a Cottage Garden
Cottage gardening,the plant choices for creating your garden plan

Your Home Garden Article Index
An overview of everything you need to create and maintain your own garden. Go-to pages for design and style, improving your soil, techniques and metho

Design Elements: Notes
For starters read the article on Style and Design.A quick way to gather together notes with design principles that I have scattered throughout my

Design Styles Defined
In designing your home landscape, even if you have a fairly small property there are opportunities to use style to create small rooms or areas for exp

Bloom Where You Are Planted: In the Midwest
Gardening in the challenging, but rewarding climate of the midwestern state of Ohio

Habit #2 for Highly Successful Plantings
Begin with the End in Mind. How often had I read that as a young gardener? I looked at this habit that 'Highly Successful' people have, and thought, W

Avian Friends : Plant List
Quicklist of plants to use in your efforts to make your gardens more environmentally friendly for birds. There are repetitions in the lists when certain plants

The Weed I Love To Grow, Dill Weed
Dill Weed.  I love this plant, and it is so easy to grow... as easy as a weed! If you plant Dill in a cultivated area such as an annually tilled veget

Herbs on your Windowsill
There is something deliciously attractive about a neat row of culinary herbs lining the kitchen windowsill. Whether making your own collection or buyi

Christmas Plants
Loving Christmas for Christmas inspiration I love the Christmas season, so it is no surprise that seasonal Christmas plants play a part in my

5 Choices for Living Christmas Trees
You have to plan a little early for success with living Christmas trees. Dig your planting hole before the ground freezes and be sure to keep your soi

Alberta Spruce
Alberta spruce, Picea glauca 'Conica' is a favored dwarf evergreen for foundation and landscape use. I have grown them in both my rural and city garde

Companion Planting CheatSheet
Tomatoes Borage improves tomato plant health and can improve the taste, also repels the tomato hornworm. grow with carrots grow with petunias

Beneficial Insects to Help Your Garden Naturally
Who are the good bugs? find out about praying mantis, Tachinid flies, Assassin Bugs, and minute pirate bugs.

Butterfly Garden, Make Your Yard A Destination
Butterfly gardens are simply a collection of plants, butterfly friendly methods, and the addition of a few special features. Anyone can have one in an

Butterfly Gardening
How to create a butterfly garden,plants that butterflies love

Contact Me

In Quest of the Good Garden
In passing, a friend mentioned setting up a Kitchen Garden with some raised beds, but having some trouble with raising plants from seed. The factors

Improving Your Soil
Soil is the Foundation of the Garden The most important matter in creating your garden is the soil. From that source springs all the rest of the dream

Let’s Talk About Dirt
Lots of gardeners take their soil for granted. Knowing a few basics, many of us want to get on to the fun part of choosing our plants, designing our

Beginning a New Garden
Steps to creating your own home landscape and how to put together a garden you will love. climate zone, soil, garden style, and more.

The Tools You Really Need to Garden
Gardening tools, buying the tools you really need, from spade to rake and beyond.

Winter in the Garden
Winter garden tips for the Midwest

10 Best Trees and Shrubs for Winter Interest
Ten beautiful winter features for a garden.

Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree
Crabapple trees are hardy, have dependable and beautiful spring bloom, and autumn fruits that persist into winter. Their blooms nourish bees, and thei

Selecting A Tree -Explained
Tree FAQ I came across some excellent resources to guide a homeowner in selecting trees for their landscape. It occurred to me that the terms might be

Planting a Tree or a Shrub
Two pages of tree and shrub planting information. The transitional seasons of spring and fall are prime planting time in temperate regions

Trees of My Landscape -and other trees I love
Trees are an incredibly important part of a landscape in the part of the world where I live- as they are in so many. They are one of the first things

4 Fast Growing Trees
There are more examples than four, but four is the number of those I have grown (besides the fact that they are the most popular). These four are all

Weeping Willow Tree
Long loved for it's softly sweeping branches, willow trees grow fast.

Cercis Canadensis, Landscape Tree
The Redbud Tree is an understory landscape tree with cerise flowers in the spring. It is hardy and ornamental.

Mertensia, Virginia Bluebells
I've grown to love these fleeting wildflowers of spring. You'd think that something so ephemeral, that disappears so early in the season, would find i

Small to Medium Size Annuals That Give Garden Appeal
list of best annuals, container plantings, and making borders of annuals in the garden, a list of favorites

Annual flowers in Your Garden: Ilona's Garden
planting annual flowers and making borders of annuals in the garden

Annual Flowers
planting annual flowers and making borders of annuals in the garden

How to plant your annual plants and make them thrive
Just a few tips and you will have beautiful healthy annuals in your garden spaces.

Echinacea, A Healing Plant
Echinacea purpurea, Cone flower, is a daisy type of flower that blooms well during late summer months. I love it in combination with the Butterfly wee

Why Plant Perennials?
With the economy still in the dumps, everyone is interested in growing their own food (including me), so what is the purpose in growing plants for mer

Flora and Fauna: Hummingbirds
Animated Jewels of the Garden The tiny hummingbird captures our hearts with a fascination few other birds inspire. And since I have my own little

The White Garden
Making an all white garden used to be quite a popular undertaking. Although the idea probably started (in modern gardening times anyway) with Gertrude

The Beautiful Annabelle
There have been times when the full blossomed Annabelle fairly burst forth in the garden, and I was embarrassed by her almost obscene abundance of gia

More About Roses
rose gardening tips

Creating Your Own Herb Garden
What plants, what uses, what accessories to choose to make your herb garden for your home? Some historical examples and modern ideas to get started.

Lists of Herbal Plants
Whether you want herbs for bees, for cooking, or for dying cloth, this is your list of lists.

Chives, Allium schoenoprasum
A culinary herb that is decorative and easy to grow, chives should have a place in every garden. They are versatile in the kitchen and give a long sea

Alchemilla Mollis, Lady’s Mantle
Alchemilla Mollis, Pleasant Partner- Experienced gardeners often rave over Alchemilla mollis. It is also a favorite among flower arrangers. Perhaps th

Cottage Gardens
A compendium of resources for learning more about Cottage Gardening.

Victorian Gardens
The History: The Victorian Age lasted over a long period and holds an evolution of style, but there are characteristics that stand out among Victorian

Victorian Flowers: The flowers of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson is renowned as a poet with a unique expression that is fresh to even modern ears, but during her life in the Victorian age (she lived

Lily of the Valley
Muguet-du-Bois One of the most beloved plants, lily of the valley makes a strong groundcover for shady places. It is its intense and evocative scent t

Viburnum Carlesii, Koreanspice viburnum
All the viburnums are garden worthy shrubs with all season interest, but this one, the first I had ever grown, remains my favorite. It is open and gra

April Garden Tasks and Tips
Timely tips for garden success, and gentle reminders for what to do in April.

Tips and Tasks for a December Garden
Tips and Tasks for a December Garden The garden in December is only sleeping, and there are always things you can do if you have a mind to.

Garden Tips for Spring Garden Bulbs : Tulips and Daffodils
Tulips and daffodils, garden tips for planting bulbs in the fall to bloom in the spring garden

5 Steps To Dazzling Daffodils
Daffodils,Narcissus species, are quite easy to grow, but there are a few things you can do to insure that the bulbs you plant produce a dazzling displ

Archive
Posts,Categories,Monthly Archives, all listed.

Garden Photography
Zazzle Nature Posters My Cafepress I began photographing my garden and those I visit for my garden blog, Ilona's Garden Journal, and for this site. I

Hellebores: Christmas and Lenten Roses
Last year (2009) I purchased some potted hellebore plants on clearance from Whole Foods Market. I had read about them many times in gardening books ov

Coreopsis Verticillata
This Coreopsis used to be on every 'top perennials' list when I started out gardening some thirty years ago. It has changed alot through breeding effo

Achilleas, Prairie Performers
Not all Achilleas are golden, but one of the more famous ones is, Coronation Gold. I have grown several types and I think they are all useful and attr

Introduction to Perennial Garden Beauty
planting garden perennials for landscape beauty

Pruning Lavender and Other Lavender Videos
One thing I didn't realize when first growing lavender was how important it is to thin out and lightly trim back the shrubs. The information that it s

Ten Best Pruning Tips
When and how should you prune? This is an important question when you care about the health of valuable trees, shrubs, and plants. It also makes a

Spring Garden
The time to purchase and plant most of your garden plants, this is the gardener's busiest time. Hints, tips, and tasks to make it easier.

Mulch for Moisture
One of the best ways to conserve moisture in your garden is through the practice of mulching. There are many materials and methods and they each have

The Xeriscape Solution
What is a xeriscape? Xeriscaping is the art of taking plants that need little water and using them in your landscape.

Dry Weather Solutions
When the weather is dry, and especially when it stays that way in drought, you want to know xeriscape techniques. Mulching is one, learn the others, t

Tough Plants for Tough Places
What do we do with those problems areas? Well, we might just want to pave them, but what if we need a few green things growing there? Here are some to

Lamium Maculatum
Elegant groundcover for many garden situations.

Groundcovers and Foliage
Groundcovers are strong growing plants that will compete with and keep out weeds. Because they can be aggressive plants themselves, be forewarned when

Look At Your Garden Bones in Winter
The structure of your garden is most apparent when there are no flowers or leaves to distract your eye.

Planting Trees and Shrubs
Two pages of tree and shrub planting information. The transitional seasons of spring and fall are prime planting time in temperate regions such as our

http://www.ilonasgarden.com/2009/09/alberta-spruce/
Alberta spruce, Picea glauca 'Conica' is a favored dwarf evergreen for foundation and landscape use. I have grown them in both my rural and city garde

Viburnum Shrubs
Viburnums are valuable additions to any garden. There are many species and varieties to choose from.
I ramble on about how I began my love of gardening, the history of my two main gardens, and who knows what!

Encouraging the Honeybees: Making a Bee Garden
The honeybee populations of the USA have been drastically diminishing , and though no one knows exactly why, one factor is less foraging. We gardeners

My Favorite Tulip Varieties
First of all, I love tulips, and one of my sayings is that they are the lipstick of the garden. Tulips just brighten up the visage of the spring garde

12 Low Growing Spring Perennials
The time to think about spring garden plans is in the fall. Fall planted bulbs such as tulips are available from August onward. And perennials are ava

Individual Plant Profiles

Phlox Subulata Tips
Another Plant Profile from ilonasgarden.com Once upon a time I grew pink Phlox subulata in a rock garden; in my garden, now, the blue variety is grown

Mugo Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine
Mugo Pines are dwarf trees, and they keep their shape well with yearly attention in the spring. . The right way and time to prune a mugo is when the n

Picea abies 'Nidiformis'
Bird's Nest Spruce : Many dwarf evergreens begin as mutations of some larger tree, and that is true of this popular foundation plant. Forming from an

5 Unusual Ornamental Trees
Unusual in the sense of not commonly seen in landscapes, not in the difficulty of obtaining them, these trees will provide a decorative accent that wi

Contorted Hazel
The highlight of a winter garden, the twisted branches of the contorted filbert create a fantasy picture against the stark landscape of winter.

Fringe Trees, Fragrant and Fluttery
My first introduction to fringe trees was through the writings of Helen Van Pelt Wilson. Descriptions of their fragrance and delicate bloom exposed

Iris : Perennial Stalwart
Bearded Iris germanica Bloom in May, these Iris range in height from 2 to 4 feet. They are all colors of the rainbow ( hence the name

Perennials I've Grown
listing perennial plants grown in my zone 5 garden

Asclepias tuberosa, 'Butterfly Weed'
Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, isn't as popular as it could be. Maybe the combination of the weed appellation and the bright orange color, but th

Aquilegia canadensis
Aquilegia canadensis, Wild Columbine is a woodland plant of springtime. It blooms mid to late spring in my garden. It grows in partly shady, partly su

Platycodon grandiflorus,Balloon Flower
Perennial plant description and growing info for Platycodon grandiflorus or Balloon Flower.

Blue Flax, Linum narbonense
Blue Flax is a piece of summer sky fallen into the garden, shimmering blue flowers reflecting clear unclouded heavens. Opening during the sunny days a

The Blue Garden
While color-themed gardens intrigue in the planning stages, they can be a bit difficult to pull off. One drawback is the self-limiting nature of it...

Sedum Alboroseum 'Mediovarigatum'
Now called, Hylotelephium erythrostictum 'Mediovariegatum' Good for dry, sunny spaces. This variegated sedum has long been one of my favorites. It

5 Best August Perennials
August can be hot and dry, it also can be humid which spells the end of many of the more famous flowers of your perennial garden. With a few well chos

Endless Summer Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer' blooms on both new and old wood.The color depends on soil pH.

Beautiful Annabelle, Cold Climate Hydrangea
There have been times when the full blossomed Annabelle fairly burst forth in the garden, and I was embarrassed by her almost obscene abundance of gia

Vining and Climbing Plants
Vines are plants the climb or trail, sometimes twining around a support or clambering up by means of holdfasts or, like climbing roses, with the help

Clematis Vines
Beautiful large flowers on my varieties, and gorgeous bloom on all types. Clematis are stars in the garden.

Roses and Clematis Vines
The perfect pairing of plants for a trellis is to combine a climbing rose and a clematis vine. It makes for a romantic garden picture.

Clematis terniflora or Sweet Autumn Clematis
Fragrant clematis with small white flowers that abundantly cover the vine in late August and early September.
Here are some selected garden site links for their extensive and/or expert pages: Garden Goodies Bird facts: Attractive plants and Bird Feeder Tips Pl

Ten Best Articles on Starting From Seed
Expert advice offered on all aspects of starting seeds for your garden is available for free. I gathered what I consider some of the best and most tho

Ten Top Perennial Choices
If I was reduced to ten plants around which to plan the gardening season, which would I choose? This post is based on the one I wrote for my blog, but

Propagation
A few sources to understand how to propagate your plants. Taking Stem Cuttings Asexual Methods (cuttings,layering,divisions) Ten Best Articles (and

Learn Gardening Skills
Learn to propagate plants, grow your own food, plant facts, and other basic gardening skills.

Plant Science Facts: Leaves, Roots, Flowers
Facts true for most of the garden plants we grow. Leaves Leaves are how most plants get their sustenance, they live and breathe through their leaves.

Plant Science Facts: Leaves, Roots, Flowers
Facts true for most of the garden plants we grow. Leaves Leaves are how most plants get their sustenance, they live and breathe through their leaves.

Positioning Trees in Your Garden
Where should I plant a new tree? This can be a difficult decision to make, and why it is a great help to have some form of plan. Trees are one of the

Willow Trees
Long loved for it's softly sweeping branches, willow trees grow fast.

The Art of Digging a Hole for a Tree
...and fill it up again with a newly planted tree Every good garden book and article that gives advice on how to plant a shrub or tree will tell you t

Selecting a Tree
Tree FAQ I came across some excellent resources to guide a homeowner in selecting trees for their landscape. It occurred to me that the terms might be

What To Do When Your Garden Gets Away From You
It happens. You thought you had the tiger by the tail in June, but what do you do in August? Or when the garden was in its prime it was lovely, but no

Decluttering Your Garden
Yes, I have a problem with clutter, why do you ask? My garden gets cluttered like everything else, and like everything else, I have decided on a campa

Your Viewsheds
In a very real way your garden is the connection between you and your surroundings. That has a number of different perspectives, including the house a

The Color of Brick and Your Flowers
I've seen a lot of interest in trying to choose attractive plantings for a brick home. This is related to the general choices of creating harmony betw

Think Bulbs
The stores will soon be stocked with a wide array of flower bulb choices. Time to put on the thinking hat and plan your purchases and garden plan for

Small Spring Bulbs, Crocus
Crocus are among the first flowers I planted when I began planting a garden space at age twenty. I had long loved the early spring crocus in my mother

Starter Vegetable Garden
A small vegetable patch is one of the first gardens I made when I was a twenty-something. I hadn't really gardened on my own, but I knew what a delici

Five Point Plan At Your New Place
If you have a new home, or the home is new to you, you probably want to keep up or improve the appearances of the place. I've talked with lots of peop

Why I Garden and Why You Should, Too
I was watching the video of Beth Chatto conversing on her garden, and she said something which struck such a chord with me, that I felt it expressed n

http://www.ilonasgarden.com/2009/10/why-a-gardener-loves-slavery-to-a-garden/
Is there such a thing as maintenance free gardening? No. Is there such a thing as easy gardening? No. Is gardening hard physical labor? Sure is.... so

English Garden Style
How to make a garden in the style the English are so famous for. Abundant flowers and exuberant design are part of what we love about an English garde

Garden Pictures Worth A Thousand Words
I have a few photos of my garden, and it reminded me of advice to take pictures for a more objective view of your garden, to use as a base for making

Garden: Fail
Sometimes you can learn from garden failures, and since I have had a lot of experience with that... you can probably learn a lot from me!

Anemone Story
Sometimes you can learn from garden failures, and I have a story about anemone bulbs

The Cutting Garden
Like the Kitchen garden, and sometimes a part of it, the cutting garden is made in response to desire for fresh bouquets and flowers for arrangements.

Cutting Garden Gallery
Some additional pictures of a cutting garden.

Rose Gallery

Perennials - Adenophora confusa (Ladybells)
A little known perennial which looks like a delicate campanula. Lovely in woodland settings or part shade gardens.

http://www.ilonasgarden.com/2011/01/the-prairie-garden/
Few of us will ever see a true prairie like the pioneers of old had seen, but we still have the plants, and many of those are ideal for the challengin

Drying Flowers for Decoration
The art of drying flowers can yield indoor decoration throughout the colder parts of the year and inspire some unique and creative decorations for wal

Build Garden Knowledge
Learn, every day! Pick up skills such as new plant propagation, how to prune, tips on how to plant. As handy as the toolshed out back, it pays to keep

Plants and Places
Flower gardening is simply the flowers and foliage, and where we place them. That is the heart of gardening. Oh sure, we know about the exercise and f

Flowering Cabbage & Kale
Time to think of the autumn phase of the garden already. When we picture autumn we picture the trees ablaze with color here in the Midwest, and in the

Fall Foliage
Plantings for beautiful bright colors in your autumn garden.

Fall Days in Ohio
The Fall time is one of the most beautiful in the state of Ohio, where I have my home and garden. For Central Ohio it is Football Season, but for gard

10 Red Foliage Plants
Ten of the best, most brightly colored red foliaged plants for autumn.

Purple foliage
Why are purple plants so fascinating in the garden? How should I use them, and which ones are best?

Fall Garden Maintenance
Fall months articles, gallery, and garden tips

October Garden Chores
General Garden Tips October is a month of closing up the garden in readiness for winter; still doing plenty of gardening, but with the end in

Winter Garden Maintenance
It is cold, but not boring. All sorts of things to do to make during the winter months.

January Garden Tips
Is it snowing? Snow is called “the poor man's fertilizer.” There is a small amount of atmospheric nitrogen and sulfur in the air and these chemicals

November Garden Chores
November is a halfway month,halfway between fall and winter; halfway between the reds and gold of October and the grays of December ...

Welcome
Welcome to my personal gardening website! A few notes on what you'll find here for creating your own home garden.



Thank You

November Quotes and Poems
Russian Chai The Russian word for tea is Chai, and I will always remember it

Winter Quotes and Poems
O, wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. ~William Blake I

Quotations for a December Garden
The garden in December as observed by proverbs and poetry. Wisdom, sentiment and wit on wintertime.

winter season, Ilona's Garden
winter wanderings among poems, practicalities, and dreams.

Just Tulips: growing information and landscaping ideas
Growing tulips, types and categories of tulips

Spring Blooming Shrubs and Plants, Garden Ideas
planting spring blooming performers in the garden, designing for spring bloom

Garden Bulbs : small bulbs, from anemone to crocus to scillas
Autumn bulb planting for spring blooming flowers in the Midwest

Plant and Garden Catalogs: suggestions from Ilona's Garden
choosing catalogs to order plants for the garden

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Garden Resource Links

Birds in the Garden - attracting birds to your garden
How to design a bird friendly garden that birds will love;garden and landscape information,recommended plants and books for bird gardens.
Butterfly Gardening
Annuals : Ilona's Garden
Annuals,Color Schemes : Ilona's Garden
Annuals Plant List : Ilona's Garden
Autumn in the Garden
Garden Bulbs : small bulbs, from anemone to crocus to scillas
Garden Tips for Spring Garden Bulbs : Tulips and Daffodils
Garden Catalog Advice from Ilona's Garden
Color in the Garden : Ilona's Garden
Cottage Gardening
Cottage Gardening, Plant Suggestions
Perennials : Ilona's Garden
Ilona's Garden, perennials
Roses, Roses, Roses in My Garden
More About Roses in My Garden
Spring Blooming Shrubs and Bulbs,Garden Ideas from Ilona's Garden
Summer Fragrance from ilona's garden
Garden Tools-Basic tools for Gardening
Just Tulips: growing and landscaping info from Ilona's Garden
Winter in the Garden