Inspiration Blog

These are my ideas and thoughts to inspire you for your own yard and garden projects.  Each little project or step brings you closer to your dream landscape.  In the same way, each blog post is a stepping stone in the designing, planning or installation of  your new garden.

I hope you enjoy find inspiration and guidance in these posts.

Educating, Inspiring, and Encouraging

By Dawn Denton | January 14, 2018

We all need it. Without it we would find life to be boring and mundane. We look for it in different places…magazines, T.V. programs, seminars, books, podcasts, conversations, and even social media. To be inspired, encouraged, and educated takes effort on our part.  It is not just going to come knocking at your door.  You…

The Opportunity of Stewardship

By Dawn Denton | January 17, 2017

I read a blog post by Tara Dillard last night, and it resonated with my heart on how I feel about my home landscape as well as why I became a garden designer. It makes my heart smile to think of the opportunity we have to take care of our landscapes. Here is just a…

My Little Lavender Farm

By Dawn Denton | January 11, 2017

The start of a new year brings an addition to my small business.  I am launching  “My Little Lavender Farm” this year.  I have been growing lavender for the past 5 years, and this year I decided to make it an official part of my small business, Gardens by You and Me.  I have almost 50 plants…

Feeling Restless…

By Dawn Denton | March 26, 2013

For the past few weeks I have felt like a caged animal.  You know the ones I am talking about pacing back and forth wanting to be let out.  That is exactly how I have felt.  Happy that I have a nice comfortable cage to be in, but tired of being in it!   That…

Is Winter Really Over This Month?

By Dawn Denton | March 4, 2013

Maybe it’s me, but it doesn’t seem that long ago that it was the first day of winter.  My mom told me that time flies by the older we get.  Once again…she is right! March is one of the busiest months in the garden.   I can picture the earth warming up and gently nudging…

Feather Reed Grass

By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013

Calamagrostis X acutiflora ~’KARL FOERSTER’ Beautiful ornamental grass that looks great in a mass or standing alone. This grass plumes in late spring starting as bright pink to red and fading to buff. It is not picky when it comes to soil preference. Supplemental watering keeps the grass tight when drought conditions are present. This grass is a…

Native Prairie Verbena

By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013

This little perennial groundcover is one tough plant. It literally bloomed from April through November in my garden here in Northwest Arkansas. Drought tolerant. Heat Resistant (stood up well in the 100+ temps we had here in the summer of 2011). Fragrant and a butterfly magnet!


By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013

Physocarpus opulifolius ~ NINEBARK I can’t say enough about this shrub.  One of my favorites. It makes an excellent specimen shrub. Beautiful leaves. Loose form with flowing branches.6′-10′ tall and 6′-8′ wide. Drought tolerant! Fragrant blooms in the late spring and early summer. Extremely hardy in the Northwest Arkansas region.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013

HYDRANGEA QUERCIFOLIA ~ OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA This is a great “show stopping” shrub for your landscape. It is a larger shrub that makes a fantastic specimen plant, or it can be planted in a row for screening.12″ long white flower spikes through out the spring and summer aging to rosy-pink as they mature. Spectacular red fall color and cinnamon…

Sedum Angelina

By Dawn Denton | February 25, 2013

RUPESTRE ‘ANGELINA’ ~ SEDUM ‘ANGELINA’ This little groundcover sedum is amazing! It is a semi-evergreen sedum. It has bright lime green foliage in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter when temperatures are much cooler, it’s tips turn an orange-bronze color that almost looks electric. It is hardy and spreads easily. I would…