Unlike the multitude of summer blooms, each and every flower in my October landscape is cherished. My standards for foliage ease, too. Some ragged or cold-nipped leaves don’t send me running for a pair of pruners. With winter nipping at my heels, I have a greater appreciation for the beauty, and more tolerance for imperfection,… Continue reading Take a walk through the fall garden with me.
We have all heard the adage, ‘Good things come in small packages,” but sometimes great perennials come in large packages. Case in point: Aralia ‘Sun King’. Aralia cordata, commonly called Japanese spikenard and mountain asparagus, is a large-leaved perennial that quickly grows anywhere from three to six feet tall and wide depending on growing conditions.… Continue reading Aralia ‘Sun King’
Inspiration is all around us. We can be inspired by a friend or colleague, a lecture or television program, a book or even a magazine. I was served a huge portion of inspiration last week when I visited the garden of Donna Block. Her garden is lovely – there’s no doubt about it – but… Continue reading Walk through Donna Block’s garden with me.
Even though the weeds are winning the war in my landscape, I take a few moments every day to walk through my landscape enjoying fresh blooms, plant combinations that work, and vignettes I got right. Why don’t you walk along with me today? The hummingbirds are as happy as I am that Salvia ‘Black &… Continue reading Take a walk through the early summer garden.
When I purchased a Blue Muffin viburnum several years ago, the sign at the garden center promised a shrub growing three to five feet tall and three to four feet wide. This was just the size I thought I needed to fit between two peony bushes on the west side of the deck off our… Continue reading Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’ is a four-season beauty!