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 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 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. ..
Aug 30, 2016
There can be a lot to think about when combining plants in your garden. Keeping these basic tips top o’ mind as you assemble your vignette will help you create more memorable scenes. ..
Dec 30, 2015
Small gardens are the norm nowadays and when gardening space is limited, we can't grow every plant that catches our eye, so we have to be ultra-choosy about what to include in our gardens. I've come up with this way of thinking about it this, which for lack of a better description, I'll call "the goodness ratio." ..
Sep 18, 2015
Many gardeners see spring as an ideal time to plant - and it certainly is. But what you may not know is that fall is an equally great time to pull on your gardening gloves and get to work. There are numerous benefits to planting after the summer suns have faded and the shorter days arrive. ..
Sep 09, 2015
When you start to imagine the garden you want to create, what guides your vision? And when you visit a garden you love, how do you determine what looks good and feels right? These are fun and interesting questions to explore, especially from the perspective of landscape design, which is in part influenced by human psychology. To that end, we recently came across a great article written by Rob Steiner for the Garden Design Magazine website that does a good job of explaining the eight key landscape design principles to consider when planning and building a home garden. You might be surprised to discover that you've seen these principles at work in other gardens, and now you can identify why the space felt comforting or appealing. ..
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