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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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Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

  I don’t usually write about holiday gift ideas, but I figure this year (being the unending grind that it’s been) calls for an exception.  We can all use as much joy as we can get right now, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite ‘finds’ this year, in hopes they …

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Surprising Sources of Fall Color

Surprising Sources of Fall Color & a Holiday Giveaway!

This is my favorite time of year, with fall colors at their peak. The towering maples, liquid ambers, and black oak trees are on fire right now, clearly the stars of the show.  But there’s plenty of drama happening lower to the ground, too, thanks to some of my favorite shrubs and perennials.  And it’s …

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Rebecca SweetFormerly 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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