Spring and summer are the perfect time of year to get outdoors and work in your garden. Whether you’re thinking about a fresh, new landscape design, replacing some tired, old shrubs or planting a colorful flower garden, there are some great gardening blogs that will help you get started.
Take a look at 10 garden design blogs on our must-read list.
A Nest For All Seasons is a wonderful gardening blog for beginning gardeners. It was the Readers Choice winner of the Better Homes and Gardens 2014 Bloggers Awards. This blog covers an extensive list of gardening topics that are simple and easy to follow.
You’ll find articles on:
- basic gardening tips
- starting plants from cuttings
- propagating and pruning techniques
- composting and mulching
- growing vegetable and herbs
- floral design
- garden design
- individual plants and how to care for them.
A Nest For All Seasons is an entertaining, fun blog to read. In addition to gardening articles, you’ll also find blogs about DIY design, food, photography and travel.
The blogger, Amy Renea, is a freelance writer, editorial photographer and design writer for HOUZZ. Amy’s work has been seen on The Nate Berkus Show and published in Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, the Daily Muse and Forbes.
A Way To Garden is one of the best educational garden design blogs on the web. There are great articles on all types of plants, trees, shrubs and flowers; annuals and perennials; bulbs; vegetables; herbs; fruits; and common houseplants.
You’ll find a large list of “how-to” posts on pests and diseases; weeds; composting, organic gardening; water gardening; shade gardening; container gardening; garden prep and garden design. This blog also has interesting posts on nature-related subjects and garden FAQs.
The blogger, Margaret Roach, is a long-time gardener and former garden editor for Martha Stewart. She lives and gardens in Columbia County, New York, bordering the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. Ms. Roach hosts a weekly public radio podcast on National Public Radio and has written five books on gardening.
Gardening Gone Wild is an easy-to-read blog that focuses on garden design, garden photography and succulents. This garden design blog talk about all types of gardens and plants for city gardens, country gardens, rural gardens and drought tolerant landscapes.
You’ll find interesting posts on:
- choosing the right species and size of plants.
- choosing the right colored plants for your garden.
- choosing succulents for a drought-resistant garden.
The photography on this blog site is quite spectacular, showing incredible photos of a variety of plants and landscapes.
The bloggers, Fran Sorin, Debra Lee Baldwin and Saxon Holt, are professional gardeners and photographers who share a passion for gardening. Contributing bloggers are made up of professional horticulturists, journalists and garden designers.
You Grow Girl is full of “how-to” garden tips on anything and everything you want to know about gardening. The garden design blogs are informative and easy to understand for beginner and advanced gardeners. There are helpful tips on choosing plants, when to plant and prepping and planting techniques.
The blog talks about growing herbs, edible flowers and vegetables, as well as flowers, plants and shrubs. You’ll find a useful beginner gardening guide, seed starting guide, container gardening guide and a great guide for canning and preserving the vegetables you grow in your garden.
The blogger, Gayla Trail, is a writer and photographer who has written numerous gardening books including the Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening, Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers From Small Spaces and Grow Great Grub: Organic Food From Small Spaces.
66 Square Feet is a unique, informative blog that focuses on urban rooftop gardening for small spaces. You’ll find wonderful garden design blogs and photos for rooftop garden designs in New York City, Brooklyn, the Bronx and various urban areas throughout New York and New Jersey.
Sometimes we forget that many people choose to live in urban areas where living spaces are small and there’s no such thing as a back yard, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love gardening. 66 Square Feet provides a lot of gardening tips for small spaces and beautiful rooftop garden designs.
The blogger, Marie Viljoen, was born in Bloemfontein, came of age in Cape Town and grew up in New York City. She is a writer and avid garden enthusiast.
Sunset Magazine devotes a lot of pages to gardening and garden design blogs that are well-written and very informative for DIY gardeners. Blog posts focus on basic gardening tips, garden design and landscaping, edible gardening, sustainable gardens and DIY garden and landscape projects.
You’ll also find a variety of helpful gardening tutorials and videos on the site and links to wonderful gardening books and research articles. Although Sunset Magazine is published on the West Coast, gardening articles and information cover all areas of the country.
Serenity in the Garden is a great garden blog for plants, garden design and landscaping ideas. Blog posts focus on various types of garden designs including specialty gardens that emphasize fragrant scents, natural ponds, wildlife protection, native landscapes and beautiful flowers. There’s a variety of posts on trees, shrubs and plants, plant care and garden design.
The blogger, Jan Johnsen, has done landscape design and planning, as well as teaching landscape design for over 40 years. Her book, Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection, was published in 2014.
Borst Landscape & Design is an award-winning landscape company located in Bergen County, NJ. With over 25 years of experience, Borst Landscape & Design is one of the most respected authorities on landscape design in New Jersey, and their garden design blogs offer a lot of valuable information.
As a full-service landscape company, Borst provides a variety of services including garden design; lawn care and maintenance; organic lawn care; pest control; design and construction for various outdoor features; and landscape lighting.
Mark Borst, the president and owner of Borst Landscape & Design, is an accredited landscape architect and member of the Professional Landcare Network Association. With a full-service team of qualified landscape designers, maintenance specialists and garden designers, Borst Landscape & Design can tackle any type of garden design and landscaping project.
Birds & Blooms is a great blog site that focuses on birds and flowers and the interaction between the two. If you’re interested in attracting beautiful birds to your garden, this is the perfect blog site to learn how to do it.
You can learn about flowers that attract birds, bees and butterflies and create a balanced ecosystem that will sustain them. There’s also posts about bird feeding and feeders, birdbaths and natural ponds to sustain and attract various bird species to your yard.
There’s a team of bloggers for Birds & Blooms that includes trained horticulturists, arborists and gardening experts. You’ll learn a lot of fun facts about garden flowers and beautiful birds.
Ledge and Gardens won the “Best Garden Blog Award” from Horticulture Magazine in 2012. Their garden design blogs discuss various landscape and garden topics, smart gardening techniques and native plants to Rhode Island where they are located. There are great links to:
- horticulture guides
- a wildflower directory
- a Latin botanical names directory
- the Garden Guys Radio Show
- the University of Maryland Plants Diagnostics Guide
The blogger, Layanee DeMerchant, lives in Northwestern Rhode Island and is an avid garden enthusiast. This blog is simple, but offers a lot of useful garden design information.