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Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween creepy freaky plants halloween

Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween

I love this time of year, especially Halloween.  In the past, in honor of this holiday, I’ve written about my favorite black & orange plants, and spooky old cemeteries (click here and here, if you dare!)  This year, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite freaky, creepy plants that I’ve encountered over the […]

The Allied Box Factory in San Francisco The Allied Box Factory

The Allied Box Factory in San Francisco

My friend, Baylor Chapman, is one of those people who have chlorophyll running through their veins. She’s not only the founder of Lila B. Design, a San Francisco flower design studio, but one of my favorite authors ever (if you haven’t read Decorating with Plants, you’re missing out!) I was absolutely smitten with her (now […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ornamental Oxalis in the Garden oxalis

Ornamental Oxalis in the Garden

I love oxalis in my garden! Before you all think I’ve lost my mind, I’m not talking about the horribly invasive oxalis weed that threatens to take over lawns and gardens everywhere.   I’m talking about the many varieties of colorful and well-behaved ornamental oxalis hybrids. The ornamental varieties often get overlooked in the nurseries, not […]

Creating a Rain Garden – another Before & After Creating a rain garden

Creating a Rain Garden – another Before & After

Since we’re all house-bound, thanks to Covid, I thought you might enjoy this before-and-after transformation of my ‘Rain Garden.’   Even though many plants are still deciduous, patiently waiting for warmer weather, there’s still plenty happening right now to talk about its late winter/early spring charms. Besides, if you’re like me, I love taking a peek […]

Planning, Planting & Pruning the roses in my garden planting pruning roses

Planning, Planting & Pruning the roses in my garden

Planning and planting my new rose garden has been more therapeutic than I could ever imagine. While sitting with my father in the hospital during the last few weeks of his illness,  I spent hours quietly reading plant and seed catalogs while he slept. To put it mildly, those catalogs were my emotional life preserver, […]

Decorating with Plants – book review and giveaway

Decorating with Plants – book review and giveaway

I first met Baylor Chapman almost a decade ago when researching gardens for my first book, Garden Up!  (remember seeing these beautiful succulent shutters, below?  They’re Baylor’s.) I’ve since written about her floral design studio, Lila B. Design, and the fantastic community courtyard where she lives (click on the links to read more.) Well, when […]

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 […]

Monarch Mayhem: joy and heartbreak in the garden

Monarch Mayhem: joy and heartbreak in the garden

Remember last year when I wrote about my daughter’s newly found passion for monarch butterflies? Well, I recently received this text from her: “Guess who’s back!’ Emily was thrilled to find two more emerald chrysalises hanging from her front door – a repeat performance of last spring!  (can you spot them?  It’s the teeny tiny bright […]

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