These plants are typically thought of as culinary herbs, but they have ornamental features for mixed gardens as well. Read Article
Virtues: A compact, neat-as-a-pin habit and tiny leaves make this basil resemble a boxwood. A highly ornamental herb with great fragrance and flavor. Cute in a pot or planted as a very low hedge around vegetable or flower beds. Use … Read Article
Virtues: This is a highly ornamental, fragrant, useful herb, all owing to its green-and-cream variegated leaves. A great choice for gardeners looking to combine the ornamental and edible gardens into one. Deer resistant; attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
What do you recommend as a good plant to use as topiary in a container? Read Article
This tip was offered by a guest at our Smart Gardening Workshop on “Deer-Resistant Gardening”. See what plant you might try as a way to ward off deer.
The scene is an herb and wild garden planted in a dry stone terrace that hugs two sides of our house. It measures about 1,600 square feet—less than a twentieth of an acre. Before we made this garden, the area was a lawn—a brown lawn, for this hot, south-facing terrace lies on sterile soil that in some places barely covers the granite ledge below. And in most seasons, there were no birds. Read Article
Graham Stuart Thomas’ Three Gardens: The Personal Odyssey of a Great Plantsman and Gardener written and illustrated by Graham Stuart Thomas Timber Press; 189 pages; $29.95 This informative and personal book, written by one of England’s greatest plantsmen, was first … Read Article