Post Tag: Vertical gardening

Pyracantha Pandemonium
It started out just like any other January day. For the past week, I had been admiring one of my favorite shrubs growing in my side yard - the humble pyracantha. I had been wondering to myself why more people didn't love this shrub as I do.  Didn't they realize all the seasonal beauty it freely gives to the garden? In the early spring, I’m rewarded with a show of slender branches cloaked in cascades of dainty white flowers. [read more]
I’m a caladium convert
I'll admit it - I've never given much thought to caladiums, perhaps subconsciously dismissing them as an uninspired, old-fashioned stalwart. But having trialled several dozen this year (thanks to the good folks at Classic Caladiums) I can proudly say I was dead wrong - there's nothing uninspired with these plants.  I'm officially hooked! Similar to coleus in that they come in a psychedelic array of color combinations, caladiums somehow have more of an air of elegance about them. And when [read more]
Transforming a side yard from Blah to Beautiful
In honor of my new book, Refresh Your Garden Design, I'll be spending the next few months writing about the many different aspects of color, texture and form.  Whether its gardeners I've met who have embraced these design principles to the fullest, simple solutions you can use to transform your own garden, or perhaps  specific plants that serve double (or even triple!) duty in the landscape - my goal will be to inspire while showing how the smallest changes can [read more]
I don't typically read fashion magazines, but living with a teenage daughter means a stack of them are usually lying around the house in one room or another. While I can usually pass them by without feeling the urge to read about 'The Top 10 Must-Have Heels For Summer', I'll admit I'm a sucker for titles such as '10 Ways to Wear 1 Dress'. So with a slightly different twist, here's my version where the star isn't the little black [read more]
I just returned from a quick trip to Boca Grande, a tiny little island off of Florida, where I spoke about vertical gardening to the island’s local garden club.  Without a doubt, one of the perks of my job is the chance to see new things and meet new people – something I wouldn’t trade for the world.  Whether it’s a local group or one as remote as this, I always leave feeling more enriched than I did [read more]
For the next few weeks I'd like to invite you to join me on my adventure in Los Angeles.  West Hollywood, to be exact.  Why am I here?  My daughter and I are touring colleges and getting to know the town she'll call home in a year. What’s that have to do with gardening, you may ask?  Not much, really.  Except that, as you no doubt already know, a gardener can’t really go anywhere without noticing the plants [read more]
Landscaping for Privacy – Book Review
When meeting with new clients for the first time, the issue of privacy almost always tops their list of 'must-haves'.  Whether gardening in sprawling estates or in tight residential quarters, gardeners everywhere crave a sense of tranquility, privacy and seclusion from their neighbors. Which is why I was thrilled to receive a copy of Landscaping for Privacy, by Marty Wingate (145 pages, Timber Press, 2011,  List Price $19.95) I can't think of a single garden that I've designed where privacy hasn't [read more]
I guess I just can't stop thinking about gardening up (can you blame me?) When writing our book, Garden Up, Susan Morrison and I had to draw the line somewhere, and unfortunately a few topics didn't quite made the cut. Window boxes were one of them, and it's too bad because I really feel that people don't use them enough in their gardens.     (more…) [read more]
In one of the chapters of our book Garden Up! Susan and I write about maximizing your garden's side yard.  These spaces are often neglected, and turn into dumping grounds for junky items collected over the years.  While it's true we all need a place to store that broken BBQ that we can't quite throw away yet, our children's outgrown toys, composters and garbage cans it doesn't mean we can't have a garden too! My side yard is featured in [read more]
While visiting my friends in Connecticut last week I couldn't help but fall in love with the massive Dutchman's Pipevine that seductively draped over their arbor. It's giant heart-shaped leaves seemed to glow from within when backlit by the setting sun. The tendrils gently coiled downwards, adding an almost ethereal appearance to this cozy space. (more…) [read more]
While driving around in the rain a few months ago, I spotted this old fireplace mantle leaning behind a dumpster with a bunch of junk piled on top of it.  The dumpster was behind a furniture staging company - you know, the kind that stages homes when they go on the market?  But this had clearly been here a long, long time and wasn't being used by anyone. I called the company and left a message, in my nicest voice [read more]
While in San Francisco recently, I stumbled upon this community garden sandwiched in between a really busy road and an apartment building. It's a community garden built and maintained by a homeless shelter and surrounding neighbors (which is cool enough!) but I loved all the creative (and free) living wall elements in it.  All the colorful and friendly painted signs made this such a homey and happy place to be.   [read more]
I'm so excited to be giving my very first radio interview this Saturday morning (April 2nd) at 8:15 am (that's A.M. folks)! And not just any ol' radio interview, but with one of my favorite programs - Garden Life!   It'll be broadcast throughout the country, so check here for stations near you!    (And feel free to call in to ask any questions-I'd love to hear a friendly voice!) New to Garden Life?  Then make sure to sign up [read more]
Our new book, Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces, made its debut this past week and Susan Morrison and I are thrilled that our fellow Roundtablers will be writing their own thoughts about vertical gardening today. Since I've already written about many different aspects of vertical gardening in Garden Up!, I thought I'd do something a little different.  Today, I'd like to share with you some of my favorite photos and concepts that never made it [read more]
Ta Da!  Today is the official launch of our book Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces. To celebrate, Susan and I are hosting a cyber book party, complete with door prizes and party favors - and you're all invited! Of course, two blogs isn't much of a party, and if you've followed the progress of the book, you know that we never could have written it without the help of some of the most talented bloggers, [read more]
Drumroll please! I'm thrilled to announce that Susan Morrison and I have launched our new website, featuring our book Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces!!!! Check out our site if you want to: Take a peek inside the book (we love this feature!) ..... See where we'll be speaking next (adding to it all the time - maybe at a place near you?).... See how the media is showing us the love….. For those of you [read more]
If you're a gardener who loves succulents, contemporary design, chickens, canning, birds, living walls and books, then this Northern California garden shop is the place for YOU.  Just over a year old, DIG a much needed refuge from the more ordinary and commonplace garden shops which dot the coast. Cara and Will Meyers (who also own 'Hidden Gardens Nursery' just a few miles down the road) have not only created a to-die-for garden shop, but they hold seminars, book signings, [read more]