Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
Kids are eager gardeners. They love to experiment with colorful flowers, have an adventurous sense of design, and getting dirt... Read more »
Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday snack into something a little extra special. It is great to see how quickly you can a... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Although no garden glossary is complete, below are a few essentials alphabetized for convenience.
Aeration - The loosening of soil or other matter by various means allowing air to pass freely through it.
Acidic Soil - Soil with a pH reading below 7.0 is considered acidic while soil measuring above 7.0 pH is called alkaline. Dryer soils tend to be more alkaline. Use a soil test to determine pH among other factors.
Amendment - Organic material added to soil to improve it.
Annual - A plant which completes its entire growth cycle from seed to bloom and again to seed in one year’s time.
Biennial - A plant which takes two seasons to complete its life cycle, flowering and producing seed in the second year.
Blackspot - A rose disease in which the leaves have dark spots, sometimes with a yellow ring, caused by a fungus and spread through moisture. Leaves will eventually turn yellow and then brown falling to the ground.
Blossom End Rot - A disorder of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant caused by a lack of calcium. Uneven watering and drought are also factors.
Bolt - When a cold-weather plant, like spinach or kale, is stressed by heat it flowers and sets seed if left in place.
Botanical name - The scientific name of a plant, also sometimes called the Latin name, although not all botanical names are in Latin. The proper name of plants through a system standardized by Carl Linnaeus, where the first half of the name, capitalized and in italics, is the plant’s genus. The species name is also written in italics, but not capitalized. Cultivar names, if there are any, are in single quotes.
Chlorosis - A lack of chlorophyll in plants causing them to have pale, green, yellow or even whitish foliage. This is not to be confused with plants hybridized to look as though they have this deficiency.
Cloche - A glass or clear plastic cover meant to protect plants from cold temperatures or animals. Cloches should be removed when the temperature warms so that the plant is not overheated and can get air circulation.
Companion Planting - Growing one or more plants together because they perform well in the same space. This term is often referred to in connection with plants that enhance each other’s growing conditions like garlic repelling insects from roses, for example.
Compost - Organic humus created by layering green and brown materials and allowing them to decompose. Compost is great for the garden. It helps maintain soil moisture and temperature while also balancing soil organisms to prevent disease and improve fertility.
Cultivar - A plant variety or strain produced in cultivation through breeding or selection.
Cutworm - Worm-like larvae of any variety of moth which curls up into a C shape and cuts plants off at soil level. Cutworms are often green, brown or yellow with stripes. Various methods are used to foil these creatures when new plants are set out into the garden.
Deadhead - To remove a part of a plant which has bloomed so that the plant will re-bloom. The term also refers to the fans of The Grateful Dead, a rock group, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.
Focal Point - When designing a garden it’s important to include a focal point, which has three main functions: Strategically placed, a focal point can control the line of sight, helping the eye know where to look in the garden; whether it leads you down a pathway or helps you to notice a particular view. If there’s no focal point, the viewer is left to visually navigate the garden on their own, creating a feeling of uncertainty. Focal points can also help invoke a certain mood in the garden, whether it’s whimsical, cheery, restful or serene. Focal points can also help distract the eye from something ‘less than desirable’ (such as a chimney, play structure, air conditioning unit, etc.) Many things can be act as a focal point in your garden: plants (especially if the shape, size or color is drastically different from its surroundings), color from painted elements/structures in a garden or artistic elements (statues, structures, arbors, etc).
Formal vs. Informal - Most people consider formal design to be linear with laser-like symmetry, perhaps divided into quadrants and edged with tightly clipped hedges. Things tend to match in a formal garden, with plants falling within a specific color palette and placed in specific locations. This type of garden is best for disciplined gardener. Informal gardens, however, tend to have lines that seem to curve and flow with wild abandon. If there’s symmetry in the garden, it’s subtle at best. A wide plant palette is used, and when many of the plants seem to look as if they’ve naturally re-seeded where they are. Plants are generally unclipped and left to their natural shape. To have an informal garden that doesn’t look chaotic is more difficult to achieve than you’d think!
Genius of the Place - Quite often designers will refer to the ‘genius of the place’ ‘the spirit of the place’ or ‘sense of terroir’. While it might sound a bit esoteric, it really isn’t. Living within a cork’s throw of Napa Valley, I’m very familiar with the concept of terroir when applied to wine, which is simply defined as recognizing the individual characteristics of a vineyard’s climate, soil and topography that directly influence the subtle nuances of the wine. When designers use this phrase, it refers to a garden’s specific region and the environmental factors that should be considered when designing a garden. For example, consider where you live (ie: mountains, desert or the city) and proudly incorporate what makes your locale special into your garden. When choosing plants, consider using those that are native to your area to help emphasize the local flavor of your region.
Genus - A categorical ranking of a plant below its family and above its species. Plants within a genus generally exhibit similar characteristics and their names are capitalized and italicized.
Heirloom Plant - Time-tested, open-pollinated plants passed down from more than one generation of gardeners often in a particular region. They will often have more vigor and disease resistance for that region.
Mulch - Shredded leaves, compost, chopped bark or any other material which will decay over time, but is spread beneath plants to improve the soil, moderate soil temperature, and retain moisture. Rubber “mulch” does not count.
Native Plant - Open-pollinated plant varieties which are endemic or naturalized in a particular are over time.
Perennial - A plant which lives and grows for several consecutive years. Some plants are referred to as hardy perennials because they are tolerant of freezes. Of course, how hardy a plant is determined by where the gardener lives. A short-lived perennial is one, like Gaillardia sp., which overwinters in my part of the world for a few years, but then dies. A hardy perennial in many areas of the U.S. would be one like the peonies in the photo above.
Proportion - In garden design, proportion (or scale) is an important concept to consider; when done right, everything is harmonious and when ignored, everything seems ‘off’. A proportional garden is one where all components seamlessly fit into the whole of the landscape. For example, if you have a large and expansive estate, larger sized plants, structures and art will fit right in. Conversely, if your garden consists of a small courtyard or balcony, plants with delicate foliage, smaller art and structures with fine details will look best
Rhythm and Line - Whether your garden is geometric in nature, or flows with a curving and winding pattern, rhythm and line refers to the sense of motion that is created through the use of various landscaping elements. Pathways and the shape of a garden bed are key elements to creating rhythm; meandering pathways denote a leisurely pace while straight lines are intentionally direct. The shape of structures and artwork strategically placed within a garden can also help to further emphasize the garden’s pace.
Secateurs or Hand Pruners - In Europe, hand pruners are called secateurs. Sound much more romantic don’t they?
Sow - To plant seed. Direct Sow means to plant seeds outdoors directly into the soil in which they will grow.
Thinning - The process of removing some seedlings in order to give others room to grow and produce.
Top dress - The process of amending the soil by adding a thin layer of fertilizer like manure to the surface of the soil.