Category: Native Plants

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 […]

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 […]

Lupine Meadow at Lake Tahoe lupine meadow

Lupine Meadow at Lake Tahoe

Every few years, when the conditions are just right, this meadow is filled with thousands and thousands of lupines. I just so happened to be visiting Lake Tahoe during this magical time and wanted to share these photos with you.    This naturally occurring meadow is located just a few miles from Tahoe City, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Designing my Pollinator Garden heat loving deer resistant perennials

Designing my Pollinator Garden

You may remember my Rain Garden’s before-and-after (if not, click here.)  In that post, I mentioned my goal was not only to transform this section of my garden into a Rain Garden but to also have it serve double-duty as a Pollinator Garden.  Since the rain in my area pretty much comes to a complete […]

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