Category: Fall

The High Line Garden in Autumn high line autumn

The High Line Garden in Autumn

Last November, my daughter and I took a spontaneous trip to New York to visit the High Line garden again – only this time in autumn.  While visiting a garden in the spring and summer is magical, there’s something about a fall garden that grabs my soul.  Perhaps it’s the perennials taking their sweet time […]

The Fall Garden in NYC’s Little Island

The Fall Garden in NYC’s Little Island

Have any of you heard of the Little Island garden before?  Well, I sure hadn’t, so imagine my surprise when I quite literally stumbled upon this breathtaking fall garden that appeared to float in the Hudson River! A few weeks ago, my daughter, Emily, and I took a quick trip to New York City.  It’s […]

Pre-chill Tulips for Mild Climate Gardens Tulips Warm Climate

Pre-chill Tulips for Mild Climate Gardens

Growing tulips in warmer climates can certainly be done; it just takes a little extra work in the form of pre-chilling the bulbs (but boy, is it worth it!)  Fall seems to be the time of year new clients tell me they want loads of tulips planted in their new garden beds to enjoy for […]

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 […]

Surprising Sources of Fall Color Surprising Sources of Fall Color

Surprising Sources of Fall Color

This is my favorite time of year, with fall colors at their peak. The towering maples, liquid ambers, and black oak trees are on fire right now, clearly the stars of the show.  But there’s plenty of drama happening lower to the ground, too, thanks to some surprising sources of fall color. And it’s not […]

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 […]

Camellias for MONTHS of wow-factor blooms Camellias

Camellias for MONTHS of wow-factor blooms

While there aren’t any camellias that bloom non-stop from fall through spring, I know of an easy way to have a mix of blooms as early as September and ending in April (and maybe even May).  It’s simple – make sure to plant a combination of tried-and-true sasanqua and japonica varieties.  First, I have a […]

Four Fab Faves for the Fall Garden (say that one fast three times!) designing pollinator garden

Four Fab Faves for the Fall Garden (say that one fast three times!)

Fall is taking its sweet time showing up where I live in Granite Bay. As I currently write this, it’s late October and a way-too-hot 87 degrees outside, but my garden is loving it. Insects and hummingbirds are everywhere, buzzing from plant to plant, storing up as much energy as they can before cold weather […]

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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