Rebecca Sweet

Rustic Potting Benches in My Garden rustic potting benches in my garden

Rustic Potting Benches in My Garden

I’m excited to share with you the rustic potting benches in my garden.  While I should be outside this weekend pruning my roses, it’s cold, wet, and downright dreary.  So instead, I hope to give you a bit of potting table inspiration. Everyone should have an area in their garden where they can comfortably putter […]

Designing with Ball-Shaped Flowers ball-shaped flowers

Designing with Ball-Shaped Flowers

I love designing with ball-shaped flowers.  Don’t get me wrong, I also adore spire-shaped flowers (click here if you missed that post!) However, there’s something about spherical shapes that always makes me smile.   Maybe its because the lollipop shapes tend to be more playful?  Or maybe its because the symmetrical, round balls are such a […]

Spring Bulbs for Warm Climates spring bulbs warm climates

Spring Bulbs for Warm Climates

This time of year, I’m often asked what my favorite spring bulbs for warm climates are and how I incorporate them into my garden’s design. If you garden in a warmer climate (as I do in zone 9), it’s not too late to get your spring-flowering bulbs in the ground. Ideally, I aim to get […]

The High Line Garden in Autumn high line autumn

The High Line Garden in Autumn

Last November, my daughter and I took a spontaneous trip to New York to visit the High Line garden again – only this time in autumn.  While visiting a garden in the spring and summer is magical, there’s something about a fall garden that grabs my soul.  Perhaps it’s the perennials taking their sweet time […]

Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween creepy freaky plants halloween

Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween

I love this time of year, especially Halloween.  In the past, in honor of this holiday, I’ve written about my favorite black & orange plants, and spooky old cemeteries (click here and here, if you dare!)  This year, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite freaky, creepy plants that I’ve encountered over the […]

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 window boxes for all four seasons.  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 […]

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 […]