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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…

Fall Treasures

[caption id="attachment_7006" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Fall themed container arrangement[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7007" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Pumpkin, dyed Eucalyptus, and cornstalks[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7008" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Demise of a wicked witch?[/caption] Last weekend, we were in Chicago visiting with friends and attending the Ohio State/Northwestern…

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…