It is a shame fragrance is an often overlooked characteristic when we choose plants for our gardens. A scent can evoke precious memories. The first whiff of lilacs sends me time traveling to my childhood home cutting my mother’s lilacs for bouquets. The sweet perfume of peonies rouses images of my mom walking arm in… Continue reading Foliage offers fragrance, too!
In home design, neutral colors are those easy-going tones that don’t offend. They partner easily with other colors or serve as backdrops for more assertive accent colors. In the garden, the obvious choice of a neutral color is green, and red is a dramatic accent color in front of or over green foliage. In spring,… Continue reading Red in the Garden All Year Long
If you need a compact, mounding plant with a lot of pizzazz for the garden or containers, look no further than foamy bells. Heucherella is a cross of two genera – Heuchera (commonly called coral bells) and Tiarella (aka foamflower). They get their spectacular foliage color – apricot, bronze, coral, purple, chartreuse or silver –… Continue reading Heucherella: Best of Heuchera & Tiarella
When Pantone announces their color choice for the upcoming year, designers from a wide variety of industries take notice. We will likely see their pick in clothing, home furnishings and fabrics, paint, housewares, and even cosmetics. Pantone has chosen Greenery as the Color of the Year for 2017. They describe it as a symbol of… Continue reading Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year
I recently took a little time to review the past growing season while it was still fresh in my mind. I organized plant labels, seed packets, and notes; looked through photographs; and read entries in my garden journal. In January and February, I grew several varieties of amaryllis. They provided magnificent blooms for this winter… Continue reading Looking Back at the Season