Category: Containers

Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween creepy freaky plants halloween

Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween

I love this time of year, especially Halloween.  In the past, in honor of this holiday, I’ve written about my favorite black & orange plants, and spooky old cemeteries (click here and here, if you dare!)  This year, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite freaky, creepy plants that I’ve encountered over the […]

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 […]

One Window Box for Four Seasons window box design

One Window Box for Four Seasons

I love designing seasonal window boxes.  Not only because window boxes provide yet another opportunity to plant, but because they’re a fantastic way to add vertical interest in the garden. When standing in line at the grocery store, I can easily pass by all the fashion magazines, except for articles like ’10 Ways to Wear […]

Geraniums and Pelargoniums in My Garden geraniums pelargoniums

Geraniums and Pelargoniums in My Garden

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ Geraniums and pelargoniums may look fragile and delicate, but they’re actually some of the hardest working plants in my garden.  Why? They’re ignored by browsing deer, they take our never-ending drought with a grain of salt, and I even have a some in our zone 6 Lake Tahoe garden that don’t mind […]

Pre-chill Tulips for Mild Climate Gardens Tulips Warm Climate

Pre-chill Tulips for Mild Climate Gardens

Growing tulips in warmer climates can certainly be done; it just takes a little extra work in the form of pre-chilling the bulbs (but boy, is it worth it!)  Fall seems to be the time of year new clients tell me they want loads of tulips planted in their new garden beds to enjoy for […]

Designing with Ornamental Grasses Designing with Ornamental Grasses

Designing with Ornamental Grasses

I’ve been designing with ornamental grasses for decades and consider them an indispensable staple not only in my own garden but in those I design. However, when meeting with new clients, I’m always amazed at how often I hear something along the lines of ‘I really like grasses, but I’m not sure how to use […]

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. 

Gardening Under Oaks: Learning to Love Dry-Shade Plants gardening under oaks

Gardening Under Oaks: Learning to Love Dry-Shade Plants

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 […]

Ornamental Oxalis in the Garden oxalis

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 […]

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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