Garden Design

Fall Flowers and Plants That Aren’t Mums

fall flowers nemesia blood orange

In many areas, mums are the go-to for fall color in the garden and containers. For something a little less expected, try these annuals that stand up to cool temperatures and come in colors suited for autumn.

Flower Bulb Design Made Foolproof

crocus field

Before you plant your spring-blooming bulbs this fall, make a simple flower bulb design plan that will guard against disappointment, blank spaces and awkward phases come spring. Follow these easy design tips.

Stunning Silver Plants for Dry Times

lambs ears

Olympic athletes may be disappointed to settle for silver, but it’s a most desirable color in the garden. Silver-leaved plants are a sophisticated design choice, and, even better, they tend to be drought tolerant. 

Mulch Alternatives Around Trees

no mulch

  Volcano mulching continues to be an epidemic in the landscape. This got me to thinking, if we cannot get people to avoid mounding mulch up against their trees’ trunks, maybe we should do without mulch all together. Gasp! I …

Patience Is Paying Off!

shade garden Bettman Nature Preserve

Lessons Learned From the Secret Garden Last year (has it been that long?) I introduced you to my new landless gardening adventure. I adopted part of a local park that is a few streets from my building, tucked back in …

Container Gardening

bike container copy

  Why has container gardening been a constant feature of gardening for centuries? Easy—you can do anything in a container, from growing edibles to pagoda dogwoods to vining plants to a prairie in miniature. Be it a plain plastic pot …

Planning the Spring Edible Garden

planning your spring vegetable garden

Before you plant, before you map out the garden, before you even start buying seeds, there are a few things to take into consideration when planning your new spring edible garden. Time: Responsibilities outside the garden can change from year-to-year. …