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My Favorite Late-Winter Flowers

With the warm weather we’ve had this past week, my garden is slowly starting to wake up.  Little mountains of soil are popping up everywhere as bulbs push their way towards the light, and when I peer down into the crowns of my perennials, I see hints of new growth beginning to stir.   While waiting …

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Creating Winter Interest in the Garden – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Designing a Winter Garden (if you missed Part 1, click here.) I recently walked through a new client’s garden, where she kept apologizing for its appearance.  She was afraid it was too early in the year for me to really get a clear picture of what it usually looks like.  …

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Creating Winter Interest in the Garden – Part 1

When designing a new garden, I always consider how it will look in the dead of winter.  Especially since I design in a temperate zone 9 climate, which means our gardens are on display every single day of the year.  There’s no hiding our winter garden under a forgiving blanket of snow – it’s right …

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A New Year’s Garden Greeting

I think I speak for most of us when I say ‘good riddance to 2020!’ However, it’s hard to escape the reality that waking up to a new year doesn’t mean the seemingly never-ending worries and concerns about Covid are over.   But thank heavens we have our love of gardening to give us hope for …

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December Garden Rockstars

It’s mid-December, and most of my garden is now fast asleep. This week’s rain has knocked off the remaining fall leaves, perennials are silently slumbering underground, and there’s no longer the buzz of busy insects feasting on pollen.  But my garden still has loads of visual beauty, thanks to all the evergreen plants that are …

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Formerly called ‘Gossip in the Garden’, this is the blog for Harmony in the Garden where I share all things garden-related. I’ve been designing gardens throughout California for over 20 years.  I have lots to say and lots to share!

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