The landscape of Ellen Ash is the tale of two gardens. One is magnificent and sophisticated; the other is a series of whimsical surprises. Take a walk through both with me. A Japanese maple commands attention in the front landscape. The dry creek bed is decorative, but also moves excess storm water when necessary. Coming… Continue reading The Garden of Ellen Ash
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to attend a horticulture industry trade show, here’s a recap of the time I just spent at Cultivate’17 presented by AmericanHort. For plant nerds like me, it is like a chocoholic spending three days in a chocolate factory. A display at the airport lets you… Continue reading Cultivate’17: An Amazing Horticulture Experience
Hummingbird mint, Agastache in botanical circles, is loved by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators, and gardeners who garden in sun. It wasn’t until recently – the last decade or so – that the Agastache family started getting the attention it deserves. Also commonly called hyssop, they delight gardeners with their aromatic foliage, showy spikes… Continue reading Agastache is a pollinator favorite!
Barbara Katz was not the original owner of this home. She came to know the house as its landscape designer. When Barbara heard the homeowners were selling the house, she couldn’t bear the thought of someone else caring for the beautiful gardens she had designed and tended. She and her husband purchased the gardens (and… Continue reading The Garden of Barbara Katz
I am sure you know some families in which the children don’t look like siblings. Sometimes, plant families are like that, too. Take the genus Stachys, for example. Lamb’s ears, as many of the family members are commonly called, are known for their silvery gray leaves that are as soft as, well, a lamb’s ear.… Continue reading Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’