I’m re-writing this post (originally written over 12 years ago!) to introduce my newer readers to the unforgettable garden of Freeland and Sabrina Tanner. 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. There are […]
Category: Art in the Garden
Saying goodbye to your garden is never easy. Never! I remember just a few years ago when I said goodbye to my garden of 30+ years – hoo boy, was that hard. While I came up with some helpful coping strategies to make the transition easier (click here to read), it was still an emotional […]
My friend, Baylor Chapman, is one of those people who have chlorophyll running through their veins. She’s not only the founder of Lila B. Design, a San Francisco flower design studio, but one of my favorite authors ever (if you haven’t read Decorating with Plants, you’re missing out!) I was absolutely smitten with her (now […]
You know that feeling when you walk into a garden, and you instantly feel relaxed and calm, like everything is okay with the world? Well, that WASN’T the case when I moved into my new home a few years ago. In fact, it was the opposite. But as I’ve lived with the space, I’ve realized that […]
A designer once told me she never plants rosemary in her garden because it’s too common. Huh?
Of course, everyone has a right to their own opinion, but not planting something just because it’s common?
Personally, I happen to LOVE rosemary in the garden and incorporate it into as many designs as I can.
Whether it’s the upright ‘Tuscan Blue,’ mid-size ‘Mozart’ (in the photo, left) or the groundcover ‘Prostratus’ (and everything in between,) I can’t get enough of this plant.
It’s an especially treasured plant for those of us who share our gardens with marauding deer, rabbits, and gophers, as the highly aromatic leaves tend to repel them.
At the same time, because of its long bloom time, it’s a bee magnet (mason bees, honey bees, and bumblebees) as well as hummingbirds, and butterflies.
Late winter is the perfect time to talk about adding four-season structure to the garden, using something as simple as a decorative tuteur, trellis, or obelisk. Take a look outside, and you’re likely to see bare branches beginning to swell and bulbs pushing their way through the soil. So before your garden wakes up in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’ve yet to see a garden that doesn’t have at least a few planted containers included in its design. Whether artfully placed near the front door, grouped on the back patio, or perhaps incorporated into a garden bed, containers are beloved by gardeners everywhere. When I plant containers in my own garden, they’re often serving […]