Erica Glasener

Erica Glasener

Erica Glasener is a horticulturist, writer and author living and gardening in USDA Zone 7. She is also the award winning host of “A Gardener’s Diary” which aired on HGTV for 14 years. You can now watch past episodes on For garden updates visit

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Seven Tips for Updating Your Front Entrance

Posted by Erica Glasener | Dec 26, 2012

The entrance to your home is the first impression visitors get when they visit. Does your front entrance let people know anything about you and your taste? Whether you live in a cottage...

Deb Watts' outdoor room is ready for autumn. Photo courtesy of Erica Glasener.

Create a Cozy Outdoor Autumn Room

Posted by Erica Glasener | Sep 21, 2012

As summer fades and the days begin to cool off, fall offers the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors. Take full advantage of this season by creating a cozy outdoor space where you can...

Pictured here is a Dwarf Peach 'Bonanza'. Photo by Erica Glasener.

Plant Varieties That Are Both Edible and Ornamental

Posted by Erica Glasener | Aug 15, 2012

I love the idea of growing my own food but I also like growing flowers, trees and shrubs just for the pleasure they bring me, whether it’s their fragrant flowers, colorful foliage...

Creeping thyme in my garden. --Erica

Awesome Edible Groundcovers

Posted by Erica Glasener | Aug 09, 2012

Groundcover plants serve a multitude of roles in the garden. They can control erosion, act as a living mulch, provide an alternative to lawns and in some cases they are the perfect...

In addition to irrigating plants, sprinklers allow children to cool off during the hot summer months. (Photo: Alexander Redmon/

How to Water a Garden During the Heat of Summer

Posted by Erica Glasener | Aug 05, 2012

When it comes to watering the plants in your landscape and garden there is nothing like a long, gentle soaking rain, especially during the hot summer months. As there is no guarantee...

Susanne Hudson's garden house. Photo by Erica Glasener.

Built Garden Structures in the South

Posted by Erica Glasener | Jul 16, 2012

For me the best gardens have a sense of place. Structures and plants can provide cues to what region a garden is located in. I especially like gardens where the garden structures are...

Alocasia Boa with NG Impatiens Fanfare Orchid

Annuals that Thrive in Shade and Heat

Posted by Erica Glasener | May 18, 2012

When it comes to summer flowers, shade can be a challenge especially in hot, humid climates like Miami, where irrigation systems installed by Miami plumbers seem de rigueur. Annuals...

Agave scbra x 'Fernandi Rex' with Calibrachoa 'Coralberry Punch'. Photo by the author, Erica Glasener.

Annuals that Thrive in Sun and Heat

Posted by Erica Glasener | May 17, 2012

Annuals have long been popular in our gardens for summer color in containers and in the garden to help fill the gap when spring perennials finish blooming. Depending on where you live...

Bt makes these roses bloom. (Roses and photo by Erica Glasener.)

The Only Insecticide I Use

Posted by Erica Glasener | Apr 12, 2012

The plants I grow in my garden, both ornamental and edible, must not only survive but thrive without requiring a regular spray program. The one exception in my Atlanta, Georgia garden...

Do you want your garden to be lush and beautiful? It needs a few things from you. (Photo: rkramer62/Flickr)

7 Things Your Garden Needs from You

Posted by Erica Glasener | Mar 28, 2012

If your garden could tell you what it needs, these are 7 things it would request. 1. Realistic expectations: Designing your garden to provide year around interest or production...