Filling the spaces between flowering plants with ornamental grasses, ferns and other foliage plants will pull the aesthetics of your garden together, creating a cohesive look that can continue into fall and even the winter, after blooms have fallen.
When it comes to designing a garden, choosing the right plants for the right spots can be a little daunting. You have to consider sizes, shapes, colors, textures, form and maintenance. However, once you have the perfect plants selected for … Read Article
I want to make a tipi in my yard for my kids to use as a kind of fort. What are some plants that will quickly cover the teepee framework I’ve made out of long poles?
To encourage more birds and helpful insects to reside in your garden, be sure to garden at all levels. That means including tall trees and shrubs, shorter shrubs and perennials, and low-growing plants such as groundcovers in your design.
What are some options for building my raised beds and their pros and cons?
The term “texture” in regards to garden design does not refer to how a plant feels but rather the overall visual texture of the plant—the size and shape of the plant and its foliage. Common words to describe the texture … Read Article
The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs by Stephanie Cohen & Jennifer Benner 248 pages Timber Press, 2010 List price: $19.95 Most of us want a garden that looks good all year round, but … Read Article
I want to use bamboo as a screen, but I’ve heard it can spread. Is this true and would it be easy to cut the stems back if it gets out of bounds?
What is a keyhole garden?
Vegetable gardens are becoming a thing of beauty as more gardeners are growing food in their front yards or making their edible gardens part of the home’s landscape. Personally, I always thought veggie gardens were a wonderful thing to see … Read Article
Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives For Your Yard by Pam Penick 184 pages Ten Speed Press, 2013 List price: $19.99 Austinite Pam Penick has a landscape design business and having read her blog, Digging, for many years, when she … Read Article