Category: Vertical Gardening

Designing with Spire-Shaped Flowers spire shapes

Designing with Spire-Shaped Flowers

When designing a garden, one of my favorite flower shapes to include is spires. Spire-shaped flowers are typically triangular, with a broader base that tapers up to a point (similar to a cone or a rocket shooting into space). Those who have read my blog for some time probably know how much I value shrubs […]

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 […]

Transforming a side yard from Blah to Beautiful Transforming a side yard

Transforming a side yard from Blah to Beautiful

I originally wrote this post eight years ago, but am re-writing it in honor of my friend who created this magical side yard, and who unexpectedly passed away two weeks ago. I often highlight this garden in various presentations, and it’s always a HUGE hit with the audience.   In fact, this garden receives bigger reactions […]

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 […]

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 […]

Repurposing trash into treasures for the garden

Repurposing trash into treasures for the garden

  I love repurposed items in the garden. Things that may be broken or have lost their usefulness are all too often headed to the dump, which is such a shame! Sometimes, though, all that’s needed is a coat of paint, a little sprucing up, and a healthy dose of creativity to figure out how […]

California Carnivores

California Carnivores

While visiting Sonoma earlier this summer, I told my husband that I just had to see a nursery located in Sebastapol, just a few miles away. He groaned, assuming that once again he’d be stuck wandering alone through the aisles of yet another nursery while I quickly disappeared, only to return an hour later with a […]

Tantalizing Tillandsias tillandsias air plants

Tantalizing Tillandsias

It’s no secret that this past year has been a whopper for me.  During most of my chemotherapy treatments I was able to continue writing and public speaking, but it became increasingly more difficult as time went on. After my surgeries (6 total!) I needed to hibernate for awhile and take a break from everything […]

A Jewel Box Courtyard that’s Wheelchair-Friendly

A Jewel Box Courtyard that’s Wheelchair-Friendly

Three years ago our local newspaper ran a story on our (then) new book, Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces. Within 24 hours, I received a phone call from Judy, who was in desperate need of transforming her tiny, overgrown courtyard into one that appeared spacious, bright, lush, and tranquil. Judy […]

NYC summer garden tour wrap-up guy wolff pottery

NYC summer garden tour wrap-up

As summer comes to a close, I thought I’d share with you the last gardening tidbits from my summer in New York. They might seem a little disjointed from one another, but I hope you find them interesting  nonetheless!  (To read about the other gardens I visited, click here, here, here, and here!) 1.  Guy […]

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