About Paula Atwell

Paula Atwell is a freelance writer who admires beautiful flowers and a good cup of coffee in the morning.

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Sempervivum ‘Crimson Velvet’ Hen and Chicks

Sempervivum ‘Crimson Velvet’ (Hen and Chicks) is a type of hardy cactus/succulent that originated in the United Kingdom. It features dark red leaves that are covered in a fine layer of “fuzz” that resembles down or velvet, giving it the name of Crimson Velvet. The leaves grow in such a way that they form tiny […]

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Bird Baths and Bird Accessories

Attract birds to your garden or yard As you know I am a keen birdwatcher and where better to watch (in comfort) than my own garden? Feeding birds is only one part of the equation when it comes to getting birds to visit your garden – they need water too. I added a bird bath […]

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New Black Plants for 2015

Black flowers and plants are a gardener’s dream, especially to those growing a gothic garden or a Victorian black garden. While no flower is truly black in color, some varieties come so close with their deep, rich shades of burgundies, reds, and purple hues that they appear black. Here we take a look at some […]

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Tomatoes ‘Black Cherry,’ ‘Black Plum’ and ‘Black’

Spring is here and it’s time to start thinking about planting the garden. Tomatoes are a garden staple and perfect for adding to salads and complimenting sandwiches and many other dishes. With so many tomato varieties to choose from, sometimes it can be hard to decide which ones to plant. This year, why not try […]

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Enjoy Moonlight Gardens at Night

When most people think of their outdoor garden, they likely think of sunny days and enjoying their yard in the daytime hours. While experiencing your garden in the daylight is wonderful, there is no need to limit your enjoyment of your yard and garden area to the daylight hours. What if there was a way […]

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Voodoo Sedum Perennial Ground Cover

If you are looking for a colorful plant selection for areas in the garden that are difficult for other plants to grow in, Voodoo Sedum (Sedum Spurium Voodoo) is a great choice. Also known as Stonecrop Sedum, this is a variety of succulent that provides colorful ground cover and thrives in areas with poor, dry, […]

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Black Sprite, Centaurea, Looks Like It Has Fingers

The Black Sprite, Centaurea is a compact plant with purplish black blooms that have a “spidery” look to them, as well as greenish-gray foliage. The Black Sprite prefers full sun, well- drained soil, and are resistant to drought and deer. They should be planted in areas that receive several hours of full sun each day.This […]

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Plants for a Fairy Garden

A fairy garden can be a fun and whimsical addition to your yard. These gardens can be done as an actual specified location within your existing garden, as the entire garden, or even in a small container planting. When creating a fairy garden, remember to incorporate both flowers and herbs in the garden, and to […]

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Black Nigra Hollyhock (Alcea rosea): Perfect Bloom for a Gothic Garden

Do you want to create a garden which will stand out from the rest but definitely not the conventional type you see in most homes? If you are looking for excitement in your garden then a gothic theme might do perfectly well for you. This is not your usual ever-blooming garden of happiness. A gothic […]

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Black Dahlia Flowers

Although truly black flowers do not actually exist in nature, there are some that are so dark that they appear to be black in color. Take for instance, the Black Dahlia. When someone refers to a flower as a Black Dahlia, there is a good chance that are actually speaking of the dark red or […]

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