Category: Deer Resistant

Refrigerate Peony Buds for Months of Blooms refrigerate peony buds

Refrigerate Peony Buds for Months of Blooms

Before my mother moved last spring, we picked loads of her peonies to take with us.  The photo, left, is just a small sampling of how many bouquets we picked! Knowing we were too busy to thoroughly enjoy them, I thought I might try my hand at refrigerating them. I’ve read about this technique before, […]

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 […]

Designing a Barren Berm Barren Berm to Pollinator Paradise

Designing a Barren Berm

It’s been no easy feat designing this barren berm and transforming it into a pollinator paradise.   But, five years later, I’m happy to say it’s been a huge success.   Believe it or not, the depressing photo (above) is now one of my favorite areas of the garden (below.) When designing gardens for others, I always […]

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 […]

Late Summer Sizzle for the Garden

Late Summer Sizzle for the Garden

Who needs some late-summer sizzle in the garden right about now?  August through September can be a tough time for the garden.  Heck, it can be a tough time for gardeners, too! This image pretty much sums up how many of us are feeling at the end of summer – especially THIS summer.  I can […]

Lupine Meadow at Lake Tahoe lupine meadow

Lupine Meadow at Lake Tahoe

Every few years, when the conditions are just right, this meadow is filled with thousands and thousands of lupines. I just so happened to be visiting Lake Tahoe during this magical time and wanted to share these photos with you.    This naturally occurring meadow is located just a few miles from Tahoe City, and […]

Adding Height with Flowering, Towering Plants Adding height with flowering, towering plants

Adding Height with Flowering, Towering Plants

I can’t get enough of tall, flowering, towering plants, whether they’re perennials, grasses, or shrubs.  In fact, when wandering through a nursery or reading a garden magazine, the words ‘oversized variety’ is my kryptonite. I just can’t resist any variety that grows taller than the others.  I love walking outside and feeling embraced (and even […]

My Top 30 Native Plants for the Garden https://harmonyinthegarden.com/sacramento-historic-cemeterys-rose-native-perennial-gardens/

My Top 30 Native Plants for the Garden

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens I’ve been designing gardens with native plants for decades, using both California native and those native to the different regions of the US.  And, after all these years, I’ve come up with my Top 30 favorite native plants that thrive in a garden setting.  What makes these plants a favorite? Most […]

Harbingers of Spring – Flowering Quince & Pipevine Swallowtails Pipevine Swallowtail and Quince

Harbingers of Spring – Flowering Quince & Pipevine Swallowtails

The first day of spring is finally here – HOORAY!  There’s lots happening in the garden right now, but I have to say the #1 harbingers of spring are my giant Flowering Quince shrubs.  There’s nothing subtle about these flowers, ushering in spring loud and clear, shouting to the world that spring is here! Bright […]

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. 

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