Category: Drought Tolerant

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 […]

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 […]

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Lawn-Free Garden lawn free garden

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Lawn-Free Garden

Over the past several years, I’ve written a lot about creating a lawn-free garden.  I’ve talked about everything from the nitty -gritty details of removing a lawn, to loads of before-and-after lawn-free transformations, to must-have books and resources that will guide you through every step of the process. With so many new subscribers this past […]

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 […]

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 […]

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