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Garden Inspiration Using Dead Trees & Branches

What do you do when a beloved tree gives up the ghost?  Or when several trees need to be removed to make way for a new home or garden?  Or when you come home from vacation to find a giant oak tree fell over, seemingly out of the blue (yes, that happened to me TWICE …

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Plants for the 4 C’s: Corners, Cracks, Crannies & Crevices

When designing gardens, I never forget to focus on what I call the 4 C’s:  corners, cracks, crannies, and crevices.  When looking at a garden, my philosophy is this:  any bare spot is a planting opportunity.  And, I mean ANY bare spot.  A little nook where two stones don’t quite meet up, or a gap …

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Succulent People of the San Diego Botanic Garden

While spending the day at the San Diego Botanic Garden, my favorite moment was walking around the corner and discovering I was in the middle of a party with life-sized Succulent People. Pat Hammer (who was also the Botanic Garden’s Director of Operations,) is the genius behind these incredible works of art.  She even made …

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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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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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