Category: Texture 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 […]

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 […]

Transforming a side yard from Blah to Beautiful Transforming a side yard

Transforming a side yard from Blah to Beautiful

I originally wrote this post eight years ago, but am re-writing it in honor of my friend who created this magical side yard, and who unexpectedly passed away two weeks ago. I often highlight this garden in various presentations, and it’s always a HUGE hit with the audience.   In fact, this garden receives bigger reactions […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

Drab to Fab – My Front Entry Garden Makeover entry garden makeover

Drab to Fab – My Front Entry Garden Makeover

When designing the front entrance of a client’s new garden, I know I’ve succeeded in creating something special when: 1.  I spy someone walking down the street and they begin to slow their pace… 2.  They then lean in to take a closer look, and… 3. They whip out their cell phone to snap a […]

Euphorbia euphoria

Euphorbia euphoria

Once the blistering heat of summer arrives (any day now!) my euphorbias will take center stage in the garden. Their heat-loving quality is just one of the many reasons why they’re a staple in my garden. They’re also extremely drought-tolerant, they’re awful tasting to gophers, deer & rabbits (thanks to their irritating sap), and they […]

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 […]

Going, going, gone in the Fall garden

Going, going, gone in the Fall garden

When the garden begins to shut down and take on its melancholy tones this time of year, I often think of my grandmother. I don’t know why, exactly, but one of the things I often remember is her empathy for fading flowers. Roses, in particular, that are just a bit past their prime and barely […]

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