Dennis’ 7 Dees Blog

Setting the Stage for a Successful Container Performance

Setting the Stage for a Successful Container Performance

The weather is warming up, the bees are buzzing, and now is the perfect time to freshen up your exterior containers! Summer annuals, vegetables and herbs, and even some trees and shrubs are all viable plant options for your containers! Containers are great...

Growing Succulents & Cacti Indoors

Growing Succulents & Cacti Indoors

Is there a difference between cacti and succulents? Cacti are fleshy plants that store water—therefore, all cacti are succulents. On the other hand, in order for a succulent plant to be considered a cactus, the plant must have areoles. Areoles are small, round,...

Plants that Make Scents

Plants that Make Scents

One common request from garden designers is to engage our senses in order to enhance the entire experience and leave a lasting impression. Bright, colorful flowers or contrasting foliage texture may delight us visually, while rustling grasses or gurgling fountains are...

May in the Garden

May in the Garden

For Fresh Color Our favorite annuals for summer color have returned!  Refresh your landscape plantings and update curb appeal with showy summer color. Use annuals to fill space between young, immature shrubs and perennials; they will grow quickly and compete with...

Herb Garden Essentials

Herb Garden Essentials

The broad category of plants known collectively as ‘herbs’ have a multitude of uses. Broken down into a list of general categories, we have culinary, salad herbs, vegetable herbs, herbs for tea, scented, dye plants, medicinal plants, and strewing herbs. Basil An...

Hanging Basket Success

Hanging Basket Success

Hanging baskets of flowers are just the right thing to add to the front porch for instant pizazz! If properly cared for and fertilized, a hanging basket purchased now can offer months of color and enjoyment. Here are a few of my best tips for success. Water A...

Growing the Best Tomatoes

Growing the Best Tomatoes

Sun Exposure & Soil Temperature Full sun is best; at least 6-8 hours. If your garden area gets less sun, try cherry tomato varieties for your best chance at success. Tomatoes should not be planted out too early; ideal planting time is when soil temperature has...

Beginning an Organic Veggie Garden

Beginning an Organic Veggie Garden

A good way to learn to garden is to read books and take classes to learn the basics, then go off and get your hands dirty practicing! Learning to garden is a bit different than learning other hands-on skills in that you have limited practice time according to each...

Basic Indoor Plant Care & Selection

Basic Indoor Plant Care & Selection

7 Basic Rules for Successful Indoor Plants Let them rest during the winter (October-February) Accept the loss of “temporary” plants Give them extra humidity (group them together) Treat problems promptly Learn to re-pot when needed Don’t drown them; water on a schedule...

Privacy Screens & Hedges

Privacy Screens & Hedges

Do you feel like you've been gardening in a "fish bowl" or providing entertainment for the neighbors? Making a space that feels private and intimate in your urban garden can sometimes pose a challenge. Privacy screens and hedges can be great solutions! Benefits of...