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Walk through my Early Summer Landscape

When you read this, I will probably be on a plane on my way to my first Garden Bloggers Fling in Washington, D.C. I am so excited to spend time with other garden-loving folks while walking through amazing public and private gardens in the nation’s capitol, Maryland and Virginia. And I can’t wait to share… Continue reading Walk through my Early Summer Landscape


Award-Winning Perennials for your Garden

June is Perennial Gardening Month. Celebrate by adding some new perennials to the landscape. The Perennial Plant Association helps gardeners make good choices. They have selected the best of the best and presented them in their Perennial Plant of the Year program. The mission of the Perennial Plant Association is to educate everyone from industry… Continue reading Award-Winning Perennials for your Garden

Garden Design · Perennials

Japanese Painted Ferns add color to shade gardens!

Some gardeners mistakenly believe it is difficult to have a colorful shade garden. They give up, plant some ground cover, and call it a garden. But a beautiful shade garden is as easy as choosing plants with dramatic texture and vibrantly-colored foliage. The Japanese painted fern is a perfect example of a plant with both… Continue reading Japanese Painted Ferns add color to shade gardens!



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