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A Magnificent Monochromatic Garden

Gardeners are often reluctant to try their hand at creating a monochromatic garden for fear of it looking a tad uninspiring.  What’s a monochromatic garden?  It’s one that uses a very limited color palette. As part of my ongoing series, Gardeners and their Gardens, I’m thrilled to share with you Lani Freymiller’s magnificent monochromatic garden. Her …

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Top Ten Summer Perennials- hibiscus 'Perfect Storm'

Top Ten Perennials for Blistering Summer Heat (deer-resistant, too!)

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac: “The Dog Days of summer are traditionally the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, which coincide with the dawn rising of Sirius, the Dog Star. This is soon after the Summer Solstice (June 20th) which of course also indicates that the worst summer heat will soon set …

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Gardening Under Oaks: Learning to Love Dry-Shade Plants (Another Before & After)

Gardening under oak trees is tricky, to say the least. Sensitive to summer irrigation, fertilizers, and root disturbance means creating a garden near an oak tree requires a delicate touch.  That’s why the careful selection and placement of dry-shade-loving plants is critical for the tree’s overall health. (Does anyone recognize this tree?  It was the iconic, old …

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Francoa '

Fabulous Francoa – for the dry shade garden

Francoa ramosa is one of my favorite perennials for dry shade.  I’ve had them grow equally happy in fairly deep shade to bright shade, requiring little water once established.  In fact, in my zone 9 garden, they’re evergreen, dying back a bit to form a tidy green mound before starting the show all over again …

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oxalis 'sunset velvet'

Ornamental Oxalis in the Garden

I love oxalis in my garden! Before you all think I’ve lost my mind, I’m not talking about the horribly invasive oxalis weed that threatens to take over lawns and gardens everywhere.   I’m talking about the many varieties of colorful and well-behaved ornamental oxalis hybrids. The ornamental varieties often get overlooked in the nurseries, not …

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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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