Tag Archives: garden design

Adding Structure to the Garden


Thoughtfully placed structures, trees and shrubs have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your garden. Knowing where to add these elements simply requires a slow walk around the garden.         Understanding the Bones …

Gardening Patience


When starting a new garden one must remember to have patience, lots and lots of patience. After more than 15 years of gardening I should know better than to expect a miraculous transformation with two flats of plants. But, that is …

Tips for Growing Roses in Containers

Roses in pots

Growing roses in containers is a lot like growing them in your garden bed. The same keys to healthy roses apply: sun, great soil, fertilization, ample air circulation and consistent watering.

Book Review: Cultivating Garden Style

Cultivating Garden Style

Cultivating Garden Style Inspired ideas and practical advice to unleash your garden personality by Rochelle Greayer 324 pages 2014, Timber Press List price:  $35.00, hardcover Fans of Rochelle Greayer’s Studio ‘g’ blog and the gardening newspaper/magazine Pith + Vigor will …

The Best Flower Bulbs to Pair With Perennials

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Mixing spring-flowering bulbs among perennial plants is a good garden design strategy because the bulbs (especially early-flowering types) will provide color and interest before and while the perennials emerge and develop. Then, the perennials will distract from the bulbs’ foliage …

What to Plant in Place of Summer Annuals

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Warm-season annuals play a number of vital roles in gardens. They offer consistent color and interest in the garden while perennials and shrubs go in and out of bloom. They provide a continuous food supply for bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and …

Book Review: Hellstrip Gardening

Hellstrip Gardening

Hellstrip Gardening  Create a paradise between the sidewalk and the curb by Evelyn Hadden 296 pages Timber Press, 2014 List price:  $24.95, softcover It’s a virtual no-man’s land and everyone’s, all at the same time and no one really knows …

Easy Garden Fillers for a Cohesive-looking Design


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.