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Friend or Foe: Perennials That Run

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Some Things Never Change – The Relationship between Perennial Garden Design and Maintenance

[caption id="attachment_7088" align="aligncenter" width="461"] My mixed border in mid-June[/caption] Now that the catalogs are arriving and we are starting to dream, it’s time to think about the relationship between garden design and the amount of maintenance that will be necessary.…

Garden Musings

[caption id="attachment_7063" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Rain-www.clker.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7064" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Dreams-clipartlibrary.com_.jpg[/caption] How gray can it be? Very gray. If you are a half-empty glass person, it’s a rainy, depressing day. However, if you are a half-full glass person, it’s a day…

The Holiday Bookshelf, Part 3

Both Christmas and Chanukah start next week. This post will, therefore, be a bit longer than usual since I want to bring three books to your attention. The first is Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces by Jan…

The Holiday Bookshelf – Part 2

December 3, 2019 Gardening, Landscape Design

Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-Free Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer The two most asked questions I encounter are “What will grow in dry shade?” and “What won’t the deer eat?” Karen Chapman's impetus for writing this book was her move to…

The Holiday Bookshelf – Part 1

November 22, 2019 Books, Gardening

Winter and the holidays are coming all too quickly. If you are looking for books to give as holiday gifts, I have some suggestions for you. Today’s is The Lifelong Gardener: Garden with Ease & Joy at Any Age by…

Winterizing Shrubs

November 8, 2019 Gardening, Landscape Design

[caption id="attachment_7027" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Ice and snow covered Picea pungens[/caption] Winter has come early again this year and I don’t think any of us are ready. However, I just read an article by Stacey Hirvela for Proven Winners®Color Choice® and…