Enjoy Your Favorite Gardening Blog Posts of all Time

Do you have gardening on your mind now that the holiday season is behind us? Today I’m sharing your favorite blog posts from my cottage and cut flower garden to give you the beginning-of-the-year tips and inspiration you may be looking for.

Hey garden lovers! I’ve got the top gardening posts from everything I’ve written since starting my blog in January 2020 and they’re all right here.

I’m sure you’ll agree that the most beautiful outdoor space is one with fabulous flowers growing in it.

I’m one of those home gardeners who knew absolutely nothing about gardening when we bought our forever home 10 years ago. I’ve learned how to find the right plants for my growing space, pest control, container gardening, and so much more online from some of my favorite garden blogs.

daisies in the garden

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And now I’m fortunate enough to share what I’ve learned and some of my favorite ideas and tips with you. I never thought I would have a personal blog with gardening ideas and inspiration, but here I am. It’s been the most incredible journey. And you have helped to make it happen!

In no particular order, here are my top gardening posts from the blog.

favorite gardening blog posts:  inside the greenhouse where overwintering geraniums are

Do you love geraniums as much as I do?

What if I told you that you could easily start your own geranium cuttings from existing plants?

Not only are geraniums easy to maintain and grow, but they are also easy to propagate. This post shares tips that will help you start your new geranium plants from cuttings.

favorite gardening blog posts: geraniums in the greenhouse

Geraniums have always been one of my favorite annual flowers in my summer garden containers and window boxes.

I used to spend so much money every year replacing these annuals after the winter season took its toll. But after a few years of gardening, I learned that I could protect and overwinter my geraniums away from harsh outdoor elements.

If you’re tired of tossing your geraniums away after the growing season has ended check out this next post. A greenhouse is a great place to overwinter plants but I’ve shared other methods here too.

favorite gardening blog posts: cutting ferns

Are your outdoor ferns looking old and tired? I’ll show you how easy it is to cut back your ferns for a fresh new look and an even healthier plant year after year.

Ferns have fronds, rather than leaves, which last for only a year or so. The older fronds start to die back and turn brown while the new ones grow in.

Cutting off the old growth is a great way to refresh the plant and leave you with only beautiful new fronds.

white dahlia

Have you ever wondered whether you should be overwintering your dahlia tubers or keeping them in the ground?

In this gardening blog post, I’ll share my tips on how to decide which action you should take when it comes to taking care of your dahlia tubers through the winter season.

I’ll also give you some simple tips on how to safely dig up and store your dahlia tubers during the winter season.

favorite gardening blog posts:: purple and pink sweet peas

Have you dreamed of having a garden full of good old-fashioned sweet peas?

Sweet peas are one of my favorite cut flowers in the garden year after year. I usually grow 4 different varieties to make sure there are plenty of fresh flowers to cut and bring into the house throughout the summer.

Sweet peas are a great example of a plant that does well in small spaces. You can grow them in a small garden because they grow up trellises and arbors vertically.

In this post, I’ll share my tips on sowing sweet pea seeds indoors, how to transplant them into the garden, and much more.

favorite gardening blog posts: summer cut flower garden with white picket fence

Have you ever thought about growing your own cutting garden but aren’t sure what you might be getting yourself into? Or are you new to growing a cut flower garden and need more information about challenges other gardeners have faced when growing one?

When it comes to my cut flower garden, I have had some real bright spots as well as some tough challenges and losses, whether they come from pests or weather issues.

Check out my personal “dos and don’ts” that I’ve learned in the garden along the way.

favorite gardening blog posts: greenhouse and dahlias in cottage garden

This is one of those posts that is more eye candy than informational. It’s my favorite gardening blog post.

This post was written a couple of years ago when summer was coming to a close. On a nightly walk was taking in the beautiful blooms and pretty pink sky. I have to say these are some of the best pictures I’ve ever taken. I only wish I would have taken a video of the garden that night as well.

I’ve never been able to capture the beauty I saw on this enchanted evening, no matter how many strolls through the garden I have taken since.

favorite gardening blog posts: snapdragons in cutting garden

As a passionate gardener, the joy I felt when I grew my first cut flower garden several years ago was overwhelming. Growing seeds in the greenhouse and cutting flowers from the garden each summer has been such a source of garden therapy. Yes, that’s a thing!

When I started sharing my cutting garden on social media ( I didn’t have a blog yet) I had many messages about people wanting to grow one but didn’t know how to start.

I published a blog series two years ago with tips and ideas on how to grow a cut flower garden. I continue to add posts each year and hope that you find valuable information from my series.

dahlias and greenhouse in garden

It’s hard for me to choose just one garden flower as my favorite. But dahlias certainly come close to the top of that list.

Bring your patience when growing dahlia plants because they are late summer bloomers. The good news is that they are the last flower standing in the autumn.

If you love the way dahlias look but aren’t quite sure what it takes to grow these beautiful blooms in your own garden, here’s a guide to help you grow your own dahlias in the garden.

Here’s another favorite gardening blog post, where I share tips on growing and caring for dahlias, as well as maintenance and overwintering ideas.

favorite gardening blog posts: pink cosmos in a summer cut flower garden

When it comes to cosmo flowers, it’s hard to find an easier annual to grow in the cutting garden.

Cosmos are so simple to start from seed, only taking days to germinate. It’s amazing to see how many blooms come from one plant.

If you’ve ever dreamed of growing a garden full of gorgeous cosmos in your flower garden, check out my tips on growing cosmos indoors from seed, how to transplant them into the garden, and much more.

cottage garden and birdhouse

Thanks for following along as I share your favorite garden blog posts. I hope you’ve found some useful information and helpful tips here. With so many garden bloggers to choose from, I can’t thank you enough for choosing to be here at Shiplap and Shells.

If you’re like me, you are looking forward to spending time in your garden. I hope some of these gardening tips will help this season.

Whether you’ve had years of experience or are a new gardener, garden ambition and hard work are the recipe for creating a successful and healthy garden.

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these gardening tips useful.

Until next time,

Happy Garden Dreaming!

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  1. Kim I appreciate the information on Cosmos. I have attempted on several occasions to grow them but no luck. I’ve tried sowing seeds directly in ground with no luck & buying transplants but wasn’t aware of deadheading. My plan this year is to try your input. Thank you.

    1. I will say that in my opinion, cosmos are the most time-consuming when it comes to deadheading. They take twice as long or even more than all the others to deadhead, and you have to keep on top of them. I can’t wait to hear how they do for you this year. Happy New Year Claudette!

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