Category: Form in the Garden

Designing with Spire-Shaped Flowers spire shapes

Designing with Spire-Shaped Flowers

When designing a garden, one of my favorite flower shapes to include is spires. Spire-shaped flowers are typically triangular, with a broader base that tapers up to a point (similar to a cone or a rocket shooting into space.) Those who have read my blog for some time probably know how much I value shrubs […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creating Winter Interest in the Garden – Part 2 creating winter interest garden

Creating Winter Interest in the Garden – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Designing a Winter Garden (if you missed Part 1, click here.) I recently walked through a new client’s garden, where she kept apologizing for its appearance.  She was afraid it was too early in the year for me to really get a clear picture of what it usually looks like.  […]

Creating Winter Interest in the Garden – Part 1 creating winter interest garden

Creating Winter Interest in the Garden – Part 1

When designing a new garden, I always consider how it will look in the dead of winter.  Especially since I design in a temperate zone 9 climate, which means our gardens are on display every single day of the year.  There’s no hiding our winter garden under a forgiving blanket of snow – it’s right […]

December Garden Rockstars december garden rockstars

December Garden Rockstars

It’s mid-December, and most of my garden is now fast asleep. This week’s rain has knocked off the remaining fall leaves, perennials are silently slumbering underground, and there’s no longer the buzz of busy insects feasting on pollen.  But my garden still has loads of visual beauty, thanks to all the evergreen plants that are […]

Designing my Pollinator Garden heat loving deer resistant perennials

Designing my Pollinator Garden

You may remember my Rain Garden’s before-and-after (if not, click here.)  In that post, I mentioned my goal was not only to transform this section of my garden into a Rain Garden but to also have it serve double-duty as a Pollinator Garden.  Since the rain in my area pretty much comes to a complete […]

Foxtail Lily Frenzy Eremerus (Foxtail Lilies)

Foxtail Lily Frenzy

I’d like to introduce you to my new obsession – Foxtail Lilies (eremurus ‘Oase’) I’ve wanted to write about these for months, ever since I bought the tubers at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show this past February.    But every time I sit down to write, I look out the window and see the towers […]

Kubota Garden – lessons in form and shape

Kubota Garden – lessons in form and shape

One of the many reasons why I love visiting public gardens is that each one tells a unique story:  why it was created, who was the driving force, the inspiration behind it, etc. Seattle’s Kubota Garden is no exception. Located in the middle of a quiet suburban neighborhood, it’s somewhat of a surprise to find this secret […]

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