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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 […]

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. 

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 […]

Four Seasons of Salvias Salvia elegans and 'Bearrs' limetree

Four Seasons of Salvias

Yes, you read that right – I have FOUR seasons of salvias in my garden.  Now keep in mind, I live in a temperate zone-9 climate, so my winter isn’t going to be like a Midwest winter.  But even if you live in colder areas, there are salvias for spring, summer, AND fall. I went […]

Lavenders for all four seasons lavenders

Lavenders for all four seasons

Lavenders are one of my favorite low-water, low-maintenance perennials for my mild-climate, zone 9 garden.  After designing gardens for 20 years now, I’d have to say they’re in at least 90% of my gardens – and for good reason!   Many varieties of lavender are really long-lived and they thrive on neglect (the most common […]

Taking ‘gardening is therapy’ to a whole new level

Taking ‘gardening is therapy’ to a whole new level

At one time or another, most of us have said ‘gardening is therapy,’ right?   But seeing an actual therapeutic garden work its magic right in front of me is a whole different experience. Recently, my mother and I visited my mom’s cousin, Carol, to see the incredible garden she helped create for her adult daughter, […]

Good-bye Pool, Hello Garden – another makeover

Good-bye Pool, Hello Garden – another makeover

Everyone loves a good makeover, right? Especially us gardeners.  Whether we’re talking about ripping out a giant lawn, or ripping out a giant pool – the results can be pretty astonishing. Over the next several months I have lots of gardens to talk about.  Some belong to my clients, others are near my new home […]

New Year’s Resolutions for the garden

New Year’s Resolutions for the garden

  The new year is almost here and with it comes my new year resolutions for my garden. Last year, my resolution was to remove my front lawn and replace it with less thirsty plants (that I’m thrilled to say I finally did!) This year, though, I have a few more things that I hope […]

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