About

What is this blog about?

This blog was born after searching the internet for reliable information on plants that thrive in the cold climate. I did not find a website that could answer my questions and I thought that maybe, I am not alone in this search.

All the information reported in this blog comes from the gardening experience of my family. I am not rewriting content found on other websites, or borrowing random plant pictures from the internet, just to make the blog prettier.

My aim is to create a blog that is as objective as possible, providing useful  information. Not just "oh... look how beautiful this plant is!" or "this rose is quite hardy". Yet this is not a cold collection of data, but a blog that wishes to convey my passion  for gardening.

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By ambergirl, ago
Approved

Searching for a hardy sedum: Review of 15 sedum varieties

I would have never expected that succulents would thrive in a Norwegian garden. I thought succulents were suited for hot, sunny gardens where the temperature never dropped below zero. I was completely wrong! There are plenty of hardy succulents that grow in the Nordic damp, cold climate and survive our freezing winters. Many of these hardy succulents are sedum varieties. (more…)

By ambergirl, ago
Approved

Ajuga, an easy groundcover for your garden and how to choose a variety, care and design with it

Ajuga, also known as bugleweed, bugle, common bugle, carpetweed, carpet bugleweed and few more variations on the theme, is a treasure for any gardener. It has an unbelievable growth speed. This means that in a couple of months it will have tripled in size and covered a good part of your bare ground. It forms a very low mat of leaves and in late spring produces plenty of blue flower spikes. (more…)

By ambergirl, ago
Design

Top 12 Winter Interest Shrubs

I have a confession to make. We are a very crop driven family. Our approach is "keep shade to a minimum so that the fruits can ripe". This is why our garden is mostly composed of two categories of plants: perennials as they produce no shade and fruit bearing trees and shrubs. This arrangement worked well in summer but had a major drawback in winter. For the cold months of the year our garden was missing winter interest and appeal. Luckily, many of the corp bearing shrubs planted in our garden turned out to have winter interest. Therefore, by adding only a few winter interest shrubs (read this post  on how to choose them), we were able to create a garden that is interesting even during the winter. In this post I will share with you 9 winter interest shrubs that grow in our garden. I have also included three shrubs that grow well in our climate, but that we don't grow in our garden. (more…)

By ambergirl, ago
Shrub

Cold Tolerant Shrubs

Most shrubs are very easy to grow. You plant them, and you can basically forget about them. But... is it good that you forget about them? Doesn't this mean that they are basically not pretty enough to attract attention? Yes, shrubs can be boring. They are the sort of plants that grow next to roads and supermarkets and give some vague colour to the area, but nobody really goes and looks at them. They are just background. But shrubs don't have to be boring. Shrubs can be very, very exciting, if you know which ones to pick and where to plant them... Now you may be thinking: "Sure a rhododendron is nice and so is a magnolia, but they don't really grow in our climate. Or do they?" Don't worry, we will help you answer your questions! We have created a list of the best cold tolerant shrubs that will add colour and excitement to your garden. (more…)

By ambergirl, ago
About

What is the “Amberway Approval”?

So you have an empty garden. And you want to make it beautiful. Where should you start? What to buy? Will the plants survive the cold winters? Should you risk and buy a plant that you really like but are unsure if it will survive, as no neighbour grows it? Just calm down and smile : )

One can grow any plant in a cold climate. What varies is the amount of time and effort it will take to make the plant thrive in our Nordic gardens. In the same way, each plant can be decorative and stunning, if placed in the right spot and among the right companions.

Nevertheless, the beginner gardener doesn't want to hear philosophic thoughts. At the first stages (and not only) you need clear guidelines and, even better, a list of easy garden plants. These will allow you to quickly and effortlessly create a beautiful and garden.

To answer this need we have created the Amberway Approval. (more…)

By ambergirl, ago
Perennial

Low Maintenance Perennials

There are thousands of perennial plants that you can buy nowadays. Just take a look at a nursery catalogue. It can become overwhelming. How do you decide which perennials you should choose? Should you look at the pictures or read the plant description? The answer is simple. You should neither look at the picture or read the description! The best way to choose perennials, is to visit gardens in your region. Once you are there, find the plants you like, take note of their size, their companion plants t and ask the owners if the selected plants are low maintenance perennials. Then you can go to the nursery and buy the plants you liked. This process takes lots of time, and energy. If you want to find out immediately which perennials you should plant, this article is right for you! (more…)

By ambergirl, ago