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”

Handsome Euphorbias for the Southern Garden

I first noticed euphorbias when I lived in England, and they struck me then as both handsome and quirky, but I never considered them again until I was working as a designer years later. One summer our wholesale grower listed a few different euphorbias as accent plants for the upcoming fall season. Those of usContinue reading “Handsome Euphorbias for the Southern Garden”

Getting Started: Tips for New Gardeners Living in the South

It’s February, and by the end of this month Southerners will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring. If you’re thinking about doing any type of gardening this year, now is a great time to pin down what you’d like to try. On these rainy, cold days we’re all daydreaming about doing something-anything-outdoors. If youContinue reading “Getting Started: Tips for New Gardeners Living in the South”