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Like taking risks? Hey, you’re a gardener!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, Nurseries, annuals, butterflies, container gardens, fall plants, garden art, garden bloggers, garden design, garden designers, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, perennials, roses, tropical plants | 12 Comments »

It’s natural to be a little wary when treading on new ground, especially when it means keeping something alive. My young Copper Canyon daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) gave me a scare last summer. Oh yes, we ARE taking risks ...

Banish Bermuda grass for gardens

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Posted in Tours, bulbs, chickens, companion plants, early spring flowers, garden design, garden designers, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, perennials, shade plants, succulents, vegetables, winter color | 14 Comments »

Over the years, I’ve whittled away grass, because there are so many fun plants out there! I’m keen on bulbs, especially for endearing combinations, like my long-term Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ and 3-year-old Yucca pallida. This leucojum (Leucojum aestivum) surprised me by ...

What’s your plant personality? How does it heal you?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 Posted in Nurseries, books, destinations, early spring flowers, garden design, garden designers, healing gardens, philosophy, pruning, roses | 13 Comments »

Quick, tell me, pick a word to describe the personality of a plant in your garden. My word for newly opened Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’: “Dreamy.” My silver germander? Hmm. . . “Convivial.” I bring up this word game thanks to Antique Rose Emporium ...

Drought disasters to avoid

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, Techniques, butterflies, deer, drought, garden design, garden designers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 15 Comments »

Drought doesn’t scare me to pieces. My plants have been through it all and always come back for more. Yes, I do water some, but not outrageously. I avoid thirsty ones and go for those that can take our brutal ...