Low-Maintenance Planting Design: More Than Just Plant Selection

June 1, 2013 17 comments
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There are a lot of misunderstandings about low-maintenance planting design. A lot of people think that in order to have a low-maintenance landscape, you just need to choose low-maintenance plants. But the way you design your planting beds is as important as the plants you select – maybe even more so. Here are a few […]

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Monday Miscellany: Prince Harry’s Chelsea Garden, Fine Foliage, Modernica Giveaway and a New Blog to Follow

May 27, 2013 4 comments
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Kicking things off, the UK’s Daily Mail reports on the Chelsea garden show display that was codesigned by Prince Harry in honor of his charity work with AIDS orphans. While I hardly think of the partying royal ginger as a landscape designer, and would give most of the credit to the garden’s creator Jinny Blom, […]

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Succulents Simplified by Debra Lee Baldwin: Designer DIY With the Succulent Queen

May 24, 2013 3 comments
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If you’ve been around the world of horticulture for any time, you’re probably familiar with Debra Lee Baldwin’s work with succulents. Her first two books, Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens, are still the most thoughtful, in-depth guides to those topics available. However, both of those books have so much information that you could […]

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Providing Water for Wildlife: How Not to Screw It up

May 21, 2013 9 comments
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There’s little that irritates me more than going to the garden center and seeing an array of gorgeous, well-made bird baths that are all completely and utterly useless. It seems that the manufacturers of such things have never really researched or even given the most cursory amount of thought to what qualities a bird might […]

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Monday Miscellany: Cost of Landscaping, Fave Shrubs, and Fine Landscape Maintenance

May 13, 2013 0 comments

Springtime is always good for gardening, but it’s often not so great for finding rad articles around the web, since most of us gardeners are out and about actually gardening, rather than talking about it. I know that’s been the case for me! But a few sites have bucked the trend and put out some […]

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The Latest Gardening Apps for iPhone and Android

May 8, 2013 13 comments
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Since I joined the modern world in getting a smart phone last year, I’ve been on the lookout for great gardening apps that can help me explain landscape design ideas to clients, get plant ideas on the go, or just give me a productive way of killing time when I’m stuck in line at the […]

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Grassy Favorites, New and Old

April 3, 2013 24 comments
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While I won’t go so far as to recommend you take gardening advice from your cat, ornamental grasses comprise such a broadly useful array of plants for the landscape that it’s almost impossible to avoid falling in love with at least a few of them. Some are wispy and rustle in the wind, some are […]

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A Public Service Announcement From Your Cats

March 25, 2013 3 comments

Please plant more grasses. They are excellent to gnaw on:  

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Humboldt’s Gothic Princess: Giant Purple Wakerobin

March 18, 2013 9 comments
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Who says native plants aren’t lovely? Giant purple wakerobin, or Trillium kurabayashii, is just one of the uncommon beauties found in our local forests. I love the mottled leaves, which rival those of Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ for interest in the shade garden, but the blackish-burgundy blooms seal the deal for me and make this a […]

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Book Review of Lawn Gone: Attractive Alternatives to Lawn

March 4, 2013 187 comments
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While I love having a minimalist patch of organic lawn in my backyard for the cats and chickens to run around on, as a landscape designer I am thoroughly “over” using lawn as the default option. It takes more maintenance, fertilizer, and water than just about anything else in the landscape, yet it gives nothing […]

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