Post Tag: Pruning

I've been wanting to write about this for a long, long time - my Top 10 things NOT to do in your garden!  Having designed gardens for over a decade, I've seen a lot of crazy things; some funny, some not so much. Please join me today, along with the rest of the Garden Designers Roundtable, as we discuss the topic 'Reality Check - don't do this'!   (more…) [read more]
. Roses, roses, roses...nothing says 'spring is right around the corner' more than all the bare-root roses in stock right now at the nurseries. Especially when you see their hopeful, little leaves starting to emerge from their stark stems. And now's the time to buy them, as they're such a better deal when sold bare-root ($15) versus when they're re-potted into a 5-gallon container ($35.00) And while it may seem a little early to start thinking about which roses you'd [read more]
  Pruning hydrangeas in Northern California is entirely different from the colder parts of the country. What you read in most gardening magazines doesn't always apply here because our hydrangeas are looking pretty awesome right now! I mean really...who in their right mind would want to prune off these gorgeous blooms! The photo at left was taken December 7th and see how beautiful my hydrangea bush still looks? Many garden magazines are printed back East, where their hydrangeas are already [read more]
It's been a cold and frosty December, and this is the time when I begin to receive daily emails from people asking how and when to prune their perennials. Here in the Bay Area (USDA zone 9b) most of our gardens are still looking pretty good.  While some of the more tender annuals are long gone (see you next year coleus), a few of our perennials are fast asleep (anyone seen your phlox lately?), and for the most part our [read more]
. Here in Northern California (specifically the Bay Area - USDA zone 8b), ornamental grasses can look fabulous all the way through December.  But once the temperatures start to dip and the occasional frost hits, the grasses start to lose their form and color and one day you walk outside and all you've got is a big, messy clump.  Because our winters tend to be mild (average lows here are in the mid-30's) those grasses can 'hang on' for quite [read more]