Archive for the ‘garden design’ Category

Fruits of our labors even if some took “almost” a century

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 Posted in Agave celsii, Late spring flowers, agaves, disease, fruit trees, garden design, native plants, poppies, succulents | 11 Comments »

I’m always so glad when the Byzantine gladiolus flowers this time every year. But doesn’t that face look a tad grumpy? Starting from just three or so pass-alongs corms, it multiplies every year, so it’s actually very happy! Maggie rose is looking ...

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 ...