Oct 13, 2017
Breaking up is hard to do. Yeah, kinda. Sorta. But it can be a bit of a relief too, right? My relationship with two columnar yews in my front garden came to an end today—as they say, we'd outgrown each other and it was time to move on. ..
Sep 29, 2017
Figuring out what to plant with what is often a delicate balance between the pursuit of artful ambitions while simultaneously tending to more practical considerations. Gardeners I talk to often ask me for guidelines, so I've provided a few in this post. Following these guidelines can help you be more successful when creating plant combinations in your garden—they take the mystery out of the making so that you can focus on the fun! ..
Aug 30, 2017
Whether it's an exuberantly overstuffed single pot or a grouping of multiple pots, successful container plantings—just like in-garden planting schemes—strive to strike a delicate balance. Enough repetition to create a harmonious whole, tempered by a enough contrast and drama to excite without resulting in chaos. ..
Aug 18, 2017
In this video, I look at the process of envisioning a planting concept based on shape, form, texture and color, and then I identify two different groups of plants for two different growing environments that recreate the scene. ..
Aug 10, 2017
You're at the nursery, surrounded by gorgeous plants and you freeze-up, stymied by the plethora of choices. Sound familiar? Even for the pros, it can be hard to figure out what to do, especially on-the-fly. This video will walk you through a demo of using the eGardenGo site to get plant combo ideas, even while you're at the garden center. In this example, I'll be showing you how to work around a plant that you've chosen. ..
Jul 14, 2017
When I pick up my pencil to doodle, my squiggles usually start morphing into plant shapes. I guess I’m a bit obsessed by the study of plants as shapes, textures, and masses, and by thinking about how to create balanced vignettes that are pleasing to the eye. ..
Mar 17, 2017
Mulling a DIY weekend garden project and coming up with a case of the blank slate blues? Even the most experienced gardeners occasionally have a hard time knowing exactly where to start when tackling a new project. ..
Sep 17, 2016
There's no one-way approach to the garden-making process. When deciding what to plant with what in my garden I find that I’m typically approaching it in one of two ways. ..
Sep 16, 2016
Fall is the perfect time to step back, assess your garden's performance, and make plans for what you'll tackle next. There’s as much to learn from observing what’s working well as there is from what’s not; making a note of plants that are thriving is as valuable as identifying those that are struggling and/or not performing well. ..
Sep 09, 2016
When endeavoring to create a richly-layered garden, adding a bulb layer is an enchanting finishing touch. They’re the ultimate garden accessory, the perfect way to round out an existing color scheme. ..
Sep 08, 2016
Often times, I will begin my design process with a simple shape-study sketch, not knowing which plants I am drawing, but focusing instead on letting my creativity flow and creating a vignette that includes a diversity of plant shapes, colors and textures that's pleasing to the eye. Before a plant is a named, actual, specified, particular plant — it's a shape, a color, a texture. ..
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