A Look Back at the Glorious Spring Season

I’ve been recording reels for my instagram feed lately, trying my best to capture the over-the-top party that is spring in the South. It was cooler than normal in April and May, which slowed the pace of spring growth, allowing all of us to enjoy a bounty of blooms before summer heat set in. NowContinue reading “A Look Back at the Glorious Spring Season”

Gardening is a Journey (A Lesson in Patience)

Having now gardened in three states — Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama, I’ve come to this conclusion: You don’t really know anything about a new garden space until you’ve been digging and planting and sweating and killing plants for at least three seasons. Maybe longer. The act of growing things on any parcel of land will,Continue reading “Gardening is a Journey (A Lesson in Patience)”

New to Gardening? I’ve Written a Book Just for You

If you’ve been dreaming of a flower garden this winter, this is the perfect time learn how to do it all, from planning to planting to pruning. Whether you crave a tropical look for the backyard or an elegant container planting for your front porch, I’ve written a book that will get you started andContinue reading “New to Gardening? I’ve Written a Book Just for You”

Embracing Failure: Making Peace with Your Imperfect Garden

Gardening is a metaphor for life. I’ve come across this saying in books and magazine articles over the years, and I can tell you it is true. Gardening is a lot like life – full of ups and downs. There are many days when things sail along smoothly. There are rare moments of bliss, whenContinue reading “Embracing Failure: Making Peace with Your Imperfect Garden”

August Garden Critique: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

When the 90 degree heat and humidity of August arrive in Georgia, I take a month-long break from gardening. Honestly, it’s just too hot here in zone 8 to get much accomplished, so for me it is a month to reflect on the highs and lows of my spring and summer garden so that IContinue reading “August Garden Critique: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”

Glorious Greens: Using Foliage Plants to Create Beautiful Garden Spaces

I began gardening in my twenties, and for me it was all about flowers, lots and lots of flowers. Foliage? If a plant or shrub I chose for my garden had interesting, attractive foliage, well that was a nice bonus. Many years later, as I started to visit other gardens, I noticed the stunning plantContinue reading “Glorious Greens: Using Foliage Plants to Create Beautiful Garden Spaces”