Rebecca Sweet

Freeland & Sabrina Tanner’s Unforgettable Garden freeland sabrina tanner

Freeland & Sabrina Tanner’s Unforgettable Garden

I’m re-writing this post (originally written over 12 years ago!) to introduce my newer readers to the unforgettable garden of Freeland and Sabrina Tanner.   After a several-year absence, I recently revisited this garden, and while I didn’t think it was possible to get any better than it was – boy was I wrong.  There are […]

Designing with Spire-Shaped Flowers spire shapes

Designing with Spire-Shaped Flowers

When designing a garden, one of my favorite flower shapes to include is spires. Spire-shaped flowers are typically triangular, with a broader base that tapers up to a point (similar to a cone or a rocket shooting into space.) Those who have read my blog for some time probably know how much I value shrubs […]

One Window Box for Four Seasons window box design

One Window Box for Four Seasons

I love designing seasonal window boxes.  Not only because window boxes provide yet another opportunity to plant, but because they’re a fantastic way to add vertical interest in the garden. When standing in line at the grocery store, I can easily pass by all the fashion magazines, except for articles like ’10 Ways to Wear […]

25 Heat-Loving, Deer-Resistant Perennials for HOT Summer Days heat loving deer resistant perennials

25 Heat-Loving, Deer-Resistant Perennials for HOT Summer Days

I’m regularly asked by other gardeners what my favorite heat-loving, deer-resistant perennials are, and what has survived year after year.     Even though I’ve written a lot about my favorites, I’ve combined my various posts into one article, adding FIFTEEN new tough-as-nails perennials.    I’ve also indicated if they bloom early 0r mid-summer (or both!)   Click […]

Refrigerate Peony Buds for Months of Blooms refrigerate peony buds

Refrigerate Peony Buds for Months of Blooms

Before my mother moved last spring, we picked loads of her peonies to take with us.  The photo, left, is just a small sampling of how many bouquets we picked! Knowing we were too busy to thoroughly enjoy them, I thought I might try my hand at refrigerating them. I’ve read about this technique before, […]

Saying Goodbye to Your Garden with Pressed Flowers pressed floweres

Saying Goodbye to Your Garden with Pressed Flowers

Saying goodbye to your garden is never easy. Never!   I remember just a few years ago when I said goodbye to my garden of 30+ years – hoo boy, was that hard.   While I came up with some helpful coping strategies to make the transition easier (click here to read), it was still an emotional […]

Geraniums and Pelargoniums in My Garden geraniums pelargoniums

Geraniums and Pelargoniums in My Garden

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ Geraniums and pelargoniums may look fragile and delicate, but they’re actually some of the hardest working plants in my garden.  Why? They’re ignored by browsing deer, they take our never-ending drought with a grain of salt, and I even have a some in our zone 6 Lake Tahoe garden that don’t mind […]

Designing a Barren Berm Barren Berm to Pollinator Paradise

Designing a Barren Berm

It’s been no easy feat designing this barren berm and transforming it into a pollinator paradise.   But, five years later, I’m happy to say it’s been a huge success.   Believe it or not, the depressing photo (above) is now one of my favorite areas of the garden (below.) When designing gardens for others, I always […]

How To Use White In The Garden

How To Use White In The Garden

Often overlooked, the color white frequently takes a back seat to all the showier colors out there, which is such a shame!    Though people may think of white as subdued, colorless, or ordinary – it’s actually incredibly versatile, serving many functions in the garden.  Is your garden too chaotic, boring, shady, or hot?  Believe it […]

The Fall Garden in NYC’s Little Island

The Fall Garden in NYC’s Little Island

Have any of you heard of the Little Island garden before?  Well, I sure hadn’t, so imagine my surprise when I quite literally stumbled upon this breathtaking fall garden that appeared to float in the Hudson River! A few weeks ago, my daughter, Emily, and I took a quick trip to New York City.  It’s […]

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