Apr 19, 2019
It's been a busy and fun week filled with lots of garden-y goodness. I'm having a blast working in my own garden. I'm taking extra care as I prepare for the summer season as I'll be welcoming scores of garden-lovers from the Northwest into my garden this June. (It'll be open on the Friday leg of the garden tours that are part of the HPSO Study Weekend.) I work best under a deadline, so this has been perfect. The bonus is that summer is only just beginning by tour time, so my husband and I will be able to enjoy it all season long. ..
Apr 12, 2019
The spring planting sprint is well underway and the race is on in my garden at home and in the client gardens we have in production. I've had my eyes open this week and this post shares some of the highlights from this week. It's a small taste, but I hope you enjoy. ..
Apr 04, 2019
While I shop for plants all times of the year (a happy hazard of my job) I shift into hyper-shopping-mode in spring as I juggle sourcing plants for multiple client projects and work on primping my personal garden for the new season. ..
Mar 29, 2019
Flowers and fresh, unfurling foliage—there's a lot going on in the garden this time of year and it all happens so fast. I was on vacation for a few days this week and while I love to get away, it's always a bit bittersweet leaving my garden this time of year because I don't want to miss anything. Below is a very small sampling of what's blooming and starting to wake-up. ..
Mar 22, 2019
It's a busy time of year and there's plenty of work that keeps me tied to my computer in the studio, so getting out and about to the retail nurseries, wholesale growers, and other peoples' gardens is an enjoyable must-do. Keeping my fingers on the pulse of what's looking good and keeping my eyes peeled for new plants to add to my repertoire is important—and fun, too! ..
Mar 15, 2019
I love flowers as much as the next gardener—I find the riot of spring blooms pure delight. But I’m a greedy gardener and I want more! At home, and in most of my client gardens, space is at a premium so I try to select plants that will provide enjoyment for multiple seasons—and the larger the plant, the more I expect. ..
Mar 08, 2019
In the video below, I demonstrate a process of first envisioning a planting concept based on shape, form, texture and color. After which I identify two different groups of plants for two different growing environments in order to recreate the visualized scene. ..
Mar 01, 2019
I'm a plant lover, just like you, so I'm inclined to experiment with new varieties of old favorites as they come to market, and you'll find many of them included in our combos. That said, eGardenGo isn’t intended to be 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? ..
Feb 15, 2019
Small gardens seem to be the norm these days. And that means that planting space is at a premium. So when selecting plants for my garden and the gardens I make with my clients, I’m always on the lookout for plants that are attractive for multiple seasons. If they look good year-round, all the better! ..
Feb 08, 2019
Creating a garden that fits together—one that makes sense and works as a whole—is like a jigsaw puzzle, a word jumble, or really any puzzle that challenges us to create order from chaos. Our puzzle is further complicated by the fact that we're working in four dimensions, if we take the seasonal aspect of our creation into consideration. Though as the pieces, or in our case plants, start falling into place, the overall scene starts shaping up. It begins to make more sense and everything gets a bit easier. But getting started can feel daunting. ..
Feb 01, 2019
The current trend toward simpler, tidier gardens points toward using a more restricted palette of plants. While landing on a small number of plants to use in your garden can be an effective means of achieving a cohesive whole, simplicity is not necessarily simple to achieve. But there are at least three good reasons to consider limiting yourself in this way when creating your garden. ..
Jan 25, 2019
Trees with attractive bark add so much to the winter garden. If a tree can pull its weight in the dead of winter, it has a lot going for it and that alone can be plenty of reason to plant it. But the plants I'm showcasing below are more than a one-season-winter-wonder. In addition to a strong showing in other seasons by providing bloom, fall color, or drought tolerance (see individual notes below), I've selected these for their suitability for smaller gardens by virtue of their dwarf stature or relatively slow growth. ..
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