Category Archives: Yards to Paradise

Yards to Paradise is written by Max Phelps

Hellebores for Happier Winters

When nothing else blooms, count on hellebores to brighten the cold days of winter in your yard or woods. This evergreen perennial is about as low maintenance a plant as you can have, and it is evergreen and blooms from December to April, depending on species. The most common is helleborus orientalis, commonly called Lenten […]

Enclosing Spaces–Creating Intimacy

Intimacy seems to be more and more crowded out of modern lives. Our new homes with so many gadgets, our constant interruptions by hand-held devices–how and where does one find intimate moments, not on public display? I hope to supply a few answers to this dilemma. A sprawling lawn has its’ appeal; however, a large […]

Pawpaw: Forgotten Native Fruit

The fruit is a relative of the papaya, and is the largest fruit native in America. Found in rich bottom lands and at woods edges from Ontario to Florida, west to Texas and Nebraska; let’s take a fresh look at the forgotten pawpaw patch tree and it’s fruit. Historically enjoyed by natives and frontiersmen, pawpaws […]

Consider the Daylily

By Max Phelps In your landscaping, or in your flower or vegetable garden, consider the tough but lovely daylily. It’s versatile, comes in about every color but blue, and is super easy to grow. You should definitely consider growing this hardy perennial. The Latin for daylily is Hemerocallis. They are related to other lilies. Most […]

Landscaping Waterfalls, Streams & Ponds With Edibles

By Max Phelps Fruiting shrubbery and flowers can be used in landscaping a water feature just as easily as using traditional shrubs or grasses, and can look just as amazing. You’re going to landscape your waterfall and pond, so why not do it with edible trees, shrubs and groundcovers? Here are some that work well […]