I think we all have fragrances that, when they make their way to our noses, magically transport us to a favorite place or memory. For me, it is the scent of lilacs (Syringa vulgaris). When I breathe in their sweet perfume, I am a little girl in my mother’s garden, holding as many stems of… Continue reading Lilacs: Grow the Fragrance of Nostalgia
In April, Podophyllum peltatum rises from the ground, resembling a tightly-closed umbrella. As each stem lengthens to a foot tall or a bit taller, the leaves unfurl and the ‘umbrella’ opens. It sounds like a really interesting plant, doesn’t it? Called mayapples because of their apple-blossom-like flowers that bloom in May, they are one of… Continue reading Mayapples
Heralding the arrival of spring are the bell-shaped flowers of Virginia bluebells. Native to most of central and eastern North America, they have painted woodlands sapphire blue in April for hundreds of years. In Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book 1766 – 1824, Jefferson writes of “bluish colored, funnel-formed flowers in lowgrounds in bloom.” Mertensia virginica, commonly… Continue reading Virginia bluebells announce arrival of spring!
Fill a garden with annuals and perennials, create a garden for a season; plant a garden with trees, create a garden for the ages. Most people think about flowers first when planning a landscape but trees should be our first consideration. They are the largest plants in the landscape and have the greatest visual impact.… Continue reading Give Thanks for Trees
A couple days ago, I sat on my front porch looking out over a pot filled with Antique Shades pansies and breathed in the heavenly fragrance of the Judd viburnum right behind. I marveled at the beauty of the crabapple’s dark pink buds beginning to open, revealing pristine white flowers. I decided to walk through… Continue reading Walk through my Spring Landscape