Rebecca Sweet

Chihuly Garden and Glass in Winter chihuly garden and glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass in Winter

Today I’m excited to share with you the beauty of the Chihuly Garden and Glass in winter. It’s been a whopper of a winter, and while I’m not complaining,  I must say, I’m feeling pretty starved for garden tours right now.   Name a gardener that isn’t feeling this way, right?  But finding a garden that’s glorious in the […]

Planting Around Tree Roots

Planting Around Tree Roots

Planting around tree roots (especially when they’re giant and growing above the ground!) is one of the questions frustrated homeowners often ask me.   Gardeners end up feeling defeated and either 1) don’t plant anything or 2) end up planting a lawn around the tree (which has its own set of problems like damaging the […]

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 […]

Replacing a Pool with a Garden turning a pool into a garden

Replacing a Pool with a Garden

Over the years, more and more people have asked me for help with replacing a pool with a garden.    Maybe it’s because of California’s ongoing drought?  Maybe it’s because of kids who have grown up and flown the coop?  Either way, removing a pool and replacing it with a garden is a hot topic […]

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

It’s always such a fun surprise to discover a garden that’s able to incorporate a few freaky, creepy plants for 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 […]

Freeland and Sabrina Tanner’s Garden freeland sabrina tanner

Freeland and Sabrina Tanner’s Garden

Welcome to Freeland and Sabrina Tanner’s garden!  I’m re-writing this post (originally written over 12 years ago!) to introduce newer readers to my favorite garden ever. 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.  […]

Designing with Spire-Shaped Flowers spire shapes

Designing with Spire-Shaped Flowers

When designing a garden, some of my favorite plants to include are those with spire-shaped flowers. 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 […]

One Window Box for Four Seasons window box design

One Window Box for Four Seasons

I love designing a window box 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 […]

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 […]