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Fall Garden Care

October 11, 2019 Gardening, Landscape Design, Plants

Fall Garden Care [caption id="attachment_6996" align="aligncenter" width="465"] Aconitum 'Spark's Variety' next to hanging basket of Mandevilla and in back of Rosa rugosa[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6997" align="aligncenter" width="463"] Chrysanthemum 'Cottage Apricot'[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6998" align="aligncenter" width="463"] Hydrangea macrophylla Let's Dance Rhapsody Blue is…

A Stroll Through the Garden

September 19, 2019 Gardening, Landscape Design, Perennials

Design and installation have been the focus of my life for the last few weeks so today, I’m going to share photos of the garden during that time. [caption id="attachment_6971" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers', Crocosmia 'Lucifer'[/caption] When most…

Veronicastrum virginicum – Culver’s Root

[caption id="attachment_6957" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Veronicastrum (the white spires in the background) with Pycnanthemum muticum, Allium, Rudbeckia, and grasses in a composition on the High Line in New York.[/caption] A very special perennial, Veronicastrum virginicum is one of the architectural gems…

PPA in Chicago

For those who don’t know, PPA is the Perennial Plant Association to which I have belonged since 1984. Having attended almost all of the national conferences, I delight each year in the “family” reunion during which we talk plants morning,…

Astilbe Update

[caption id="attachment_6916" align="aligncenter" width="459"] Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila', an old but valued standby[/caption] Astilbe are a mainstay of the shady garden but they will also thrive in full sun if sufficient water is supplied. Although many of them have already bloomed,…

In the Garden – Here and Elsewhere

July 6, 2019 Uncategorized

From one extreme to the other: Cool and rainy to hot and dry with a few thunderstorms interspersed. What a difference it has made in the garden. My banana, that I brought up from the basement in mid-May had been…

Weeds, Flowers, and Weather

The erratic nature of the weather is driving all of us gardeners to distraction. What do we do first? Plant what isn’t in the ground yet or pull weeds that are growing at a manic pace due to all the…