Apr 21, 2017
I’m quite practical and down-to-earth when it comes to choosing plants for the gardens I make, particularly those I do with clients. I tend to be a bit more experimental in my own space, but most of the time, my clients don’t want to take too many risks in terms of plant selections. Typically, that’s why they’ve called on me in the first place—they’ve been trying to solve the puzzle, but keep getting stumped. They’ll create a planting scheme that looks good for a while and then fizzles, often within weeks or months; but even if it takes a year, or several, to peter out, it can be a big disappointment if it’s not what they expected to happen. They’re left wondering, “What went wrong?” ..
Apr 14, 2017
Some gardens have that certain something that makes them memorable—an overall look and feel that resonates and sticks with you. Oftentimes, it’s difficult to put a finger on a particular reason they work, they just do. Their plants, however, are usually well-chosen, which means the gardeners of these special-something gardens used one or more of these tried-and-true design devices: ..
Mar 31, 2017
Many a gardener has discovered through trial and error that getting the spacing between plants right—especially the first time—can be a challenge. ..
Mar 24, 2017
Winning combinations come easy when you take color cues from plant details: buds, bark, stems, veins, flowers, and foliage are rich with clues. Leaves and blooms — even those that on first glance appear monochromatic — often have lots of variation. Take a close look at stems, stamens, or peer into a flower's eyes, and you'll see what I mean. ..
Mar 10, 2017
Ready for spring? Me too! I'm anxiously monitoring the fattening buds of my favorite spring bloomers as I take my daily garden strolls—between rain showers! ..
Mar 03, 2017
I'm a plant lover, just like you, so I'm inclined to experiment with new varieties as they come to market, and you'll find them included in some of our combos. That said, though, eGardenGo isn’t an exhaustive directory of every plant available on the nursery shelves — have you counted how many varieties of pink-toned echinacea, burgundy heuchera, or dwarf red-leaf maples there are out there? So, what to do if you can't locate that exact variety in your local market? Is the combo a bust? Absolutely not. These four tips will help you make substitutions that maintain the integrity of the combo, tell a story in keeping with the combo you’re trying to recreate, and keep you in the game. ..
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. ..
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