Historical Heirloom Gardening with Ornamental Plants
Heirloom gardening can combine ornamental plants into a variety of stunning landscape arrangements. Use this historical guide along with the MOTHER EARTH NEWS seed and plant finder to create your own heirloom garden.
Picket fences and sidewalk borders are ideal locations for varying the color arrangement of old roses and purple sage (Salvia officinalis).
Tawny daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) in the early settler's cottage garden.
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Siberian iris (Iris sibirica) in the ecclectic garden, combining heirloom and hybrid varieties.
A cottage garden with a beautiful border of heirloom roses, daylilies and other colorful blooms.
A child's arbor can be a fun, and stunning, addition to your heirloom garden.
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This quiggly fence follows a design similar to one traditionally built in early settler's cottage gardens.