Feb 14, 2017
Feb 10, 2017
Even a common, ubiquitous plant can be elevated by its association with a complementary partner — just like two musicians, each player adds perfectly-timed contributions of foliage, flower, fragrance, or other pleasing attribute, and the song is made. ..
Feb 03, 2017
Small lots, big houses—whatever the reason, outdoor space is often at a premium in the typical urban plot. Our appetite for smaller garden plants is not slowing down, but lucky for us, our friends in the nursery trade have responded by introducing a bevy of compact and slow-growing plants. ..
Jan 20, 2017
Among the most common garden challenges homeowners encounter when landscaping their homes is the need to create privacy, screen an unsightly view, or divide outdoor spaces into distinct living areas. Selecting the right plants for the job is essential to ensure success and these five tips will get you going in the right direction. ..
Dec 16, 2016
Unless you’re a heckuva lot tougher than me, working outdoors during this time of year has less appeal. However, the snow, ice and inclement weather of the season has a silver lining. Tucked away indoors, insulated from the perpetual pull of garden tasks, I'm free to indulge in guilt-free garden dreaming. It’s a perfect time to settle-in and cozy-up, to revel in the current year's successes, mull over trouble spots, and set my sights on planning for next year's garden. ..
Nov 26, 2016
Unsung heroes of the garden, these evergreens are the sturdy yeomen upon which many a garden scene is built. Their contributions are often quite subtle, providing much-needed but easy-to-overlook year-round structure and an all-important frame for other, often more engaging, plant partners that come to the fore during the growing season, with a flurry of color and blooms. ..
Nov 07, 2016
The most engaging planting combinations are able to strike a delicate balance between having enough different-ness to capture our attention versus enough same-ness to hold the scene together. When considering the extremes, we can easily see how too much variety can feel jarring and chaotic, and how too much sameness can lead us down a path to ho-hum. Just like Goldilocks, we're striving for "just right" — and even then, there's an enormous range of possibilities, so it can be helpful to know what kind of feeling or mood you're trying to evoke. ..
Oct 15, 2016
Those of us gardening in the Pacific Northwest are experiencing some unusually gray and stormy days, with more looming on the horizon. ..
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 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. ..
Sep 07, 2016
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