Category: Art in the Garden

Freeland & Sabrina Tanner’s Unforgettable Garden freeland sabrina tanner

Freeland & Sabrina Tanner’s Unforgettable Garden

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 […]

Saying Goodbye to Your Garden with Pressed Flowers pressed floweres

Saying Goodbye to Your Garden with Pressed Flowers

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 […]

The Allied Box Factory in San Francisco The Allied Box Factory

The Allied Box Factory in San Francisco

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 […]

Proportion and Scale in the Garden Proportion and Scale in the Garden

Proportion and Scale in the Garden

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 […]

Rosemary in the Garden 'Mozart' rosemary

Rosemary in the Garden

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. 

Four-Season Structure with Trellises, Tuteurs, and Obelisks four season structure with trellises tuteurs obelisks

Four-Season Structure with Trellises, Tuteurs, and Obelisks

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 […]

Garden Inspiration Using Dead Trees & Branches dead branches

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 […]

Succulent People of the San Diego Botanic Garden

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 […]

A Magnificent Monochromatic Garden

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 […]

5 Ways to Design with Containers 5 ways to design containers

5 Ways to Design with Containers

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 […]

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