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Fall Color with Perennial Foliage

September 28, 2012 Gardening, Landscape Design

[caption id="attachment_1243" align="alignleft" width="300"] Heuchera 'Midnight Rose'[/caption]   Everyone loves color but it doesn’t have to come from flowers. There are several perennials that have lovely foliage color either in the fall or year-round. Before the hybridizers started playing with…

More Spring Bulbs

September 19, 2012 Gardening, Landscape Design

In last week’s blog, I discussed planting large and small bulbs in the same hole to create a skirt for the smaller bulbs. It is difficult to use the same technique to create a succession of bloom because later blooming…

Blue Spring Bulbs

September 12, 2012 Gardening, Landscape Design

Many spring-flowering bulbs are overlooked, particularly those that light up the landscape during mid and late Spring. [caption id="attachment_1217" align="alignleft" width="300"] Chionodoxa[/caption]   For blue lovers like me, there is Chionodoxa (Glory-of-the-Snow, Puschkinia libanotica (Striped Squill), which is pale blue…

Sustainable Roses

[caption id="attachment_3066" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rosa 'John Cabot' is a tough climber that is part of the Canadian Explorer Series. Seen here with Fallopia japonica 'Variegata', Allium christophii, Nepeta 'Dropmore Hybrid', Iris sibirica 'Double Standard' in June[/caption] Mention roses to most…

A Sustainable Xeriscape Design

July 1, 2014 Sustainable Gardening

My client lives in an inner ring Cleveland suburb with many rental or two family homes with minimal landscaping. She is a woman in her 60’s who is somewhat physically handicapped as a result of a car accident. In a…

Helleborus

July 1, 2014 Flowers

Helleborus xhybridus - Lenten Rose: I’ve never met a homeowner or a landscaper who hasn’t complained about the dearth of plants for dry shade.  Frankly, candidate “Numero Uno” is Helleborus xhybridus, the Lenten Rose.  It will, of course, grow larger and faster with…

Coreopsis

July 1, 2014 Flowers

  Coreopsis – Tickseed: Coreopsis is one of the mainstays of the perennial garden because its golden yellow blossoms brighten the landscape from June until frost, even on the gloomiest days. An American native, hardy from zones 3 and 4 to 7 or…