Happy Tuesday friends! For today’s Tuesday Garden Party I’m excited to share with you a sponsored post from a cool gardening website that has a ton of resources for gardeners everywhere and of every level, HGTVGardens.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first visited, but I have to say I was blown away by all the choices, details, and thoroughness of the site. There is literally something for everyone!
Just starting out? There’s info on gardening basics, landscape design, and the best tools to use. Only really interested in vegetables? Of course you can find planning ideas and tips for growing food, but you can also find information about individual vegetables as well as a complete garden-to-table section (including preserving – yeah!). And flowers? You’ll find eye-candy galore for flower beds, borders, pots, landscape design, and more.
As if having all this information, inspiration, and resources wasn’t enough, HGTVGardens is all about making it useful to you – after completing my profile, the home page showed me 2,641 plant suggestions for my area!
I think this would be invaluable for someone just starting a new landscape, whether an entire yard or simply a border or pots for a patio. With more than 2000 options, I of course found a couple of new plants I’d like to grow – you know there’s always room for another plant…
My profile was easy to set up – it only took me about 10 minutes, including uploading a few of my own photos. HGTVGardens is not just an information site, but a gardening community where anyone can upload pictures of their gardens and create albums (like I did) with them in addition to clipping photos that others have uploaded that you find inspirational.
For example, I’m thinking of starting a new album of ideas for creating a cottage garden, and then searching to find inspirational photos to clip to it that I can refer to when making a new bed for my yard. An album of vegetable varieties to try (as well as those that I tried and didn’t like or did like, so I have a record) would be very helpful, too, when it’s time to buy seeds.
I’m guessing that many of you will love this aspect of the site: the ability to ask questions and get answers from a large pool of gardeners! I found this question the other day that hadn’t had an answer yet, so I went ahead and gave it my best shot – I thought Skimmia was the answer. What do you think – did I get it right?
To give you just a sampling of what you’ll find on the site, I’ve made this graphic which includes screen shots from different sections: Care and Maintenance in Garden Basics, the Design home page from the Landscaping section (this was one of my favorites, as I love looking at garden ideas), the many options from the menu in the Flower section and the different categories included on the Garden to Table home page.
Okay, I’ve saved the best for last – you seriously are going to LOVE this super extensive plant finder tool with very specific information on which plants will do best in which gardens.
You can search by name or do like I show above – I wanted a list of plants that do well in dry shade, so I clicked on perennials, then full shade, and then dry. It’s already set to my zone (from creating my profile) and after using my criteria it came up with 17 plants! The thumbnails are big and easy to quickly look through, but clicking on one brings up an even larger photo plus a ton of information to help you make the decision to plant or not.
I’ve got an area under a huge fir tree that has dry shade and based on the plant finder results, I’m going to look for these plants at the nursery that I can add to my plantings:
- Saxifrage: saxifraga-x-urbium-london-pride
- Foamflower: tiarella-wherryi
- Wild-petunia: ruellia-caroliniensis
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been at a plant sale or nursery and wondered if a certain plant would do well in dry shade or if they need water, etc. You all know as well as I do that those little plant tags can’t always be trusted! So when I get that smart phone (hint, hint, I’ve got a birthday coming up…), I will be able to access the site no matter where I am to help me decide on a purchase.
Now that I’ve discovered it, I think I’m going to get a lot of use from this site – it’s sort of like a big TGP, really, with inspiration and community – but every day of the week! What do you guys think? I’d love to hear your take on it, so be sure to visit HGTVGardens.com and then come back here to let us all know what you think!
Brought to you by the gardening crew at HGTV.