This Week in the Garden: Looking Toward Fall

In Southern gardens, August brings together the last of our summer-blooming perennials, along with annuals that have been holding it all together visually, as plants expand, bloom, and, in some cases, decline. The end of summer brings with it the hardest lesson for new gardeners — the realization that it is impossible to hold ontoContinue reading “This Week in the Garden: Looking Toward Fall”

Lift Your Mood with Color for the Late Summer Garden

I have a confession to make:  I don’t like gardening in late July and August. Allow me to clarify.  I love to see what is happening in my Georgia garden in late summer, but I don’t want to work in it, and by work I mean any task that leaves me soaked with sweat, andContinue reading “Lift Your Mood with Color for the Late Summer Garden”

Outsmarting Bambi: Designing a Beautiful Garden Using Plants that Deer Hate

Lately I seem to spend a lot of time asking myself, what else can I plant that the deer will find disgusting? It’s not a typical approach to garden design, but for those of us living in areas where deer are present year-round, it is the only way to enjoy flowers without heartbreak. Here’s howContinue reading “Outsmarting Bambi: Designing a Beautiful Garden Using Plants that Deer Hate”

Easy Perennials for Southern Gardens

In this stressful time, I look forward to every sunny morning I can walk into the garden and watch my plants waking up from their winter sleep. It is spring in the South, and each day brings a new surprise. So much changes in the hours between sunset and dawn that a quick walk acrossContinue reading “Easy Perennials for Southern Gardens”

Organic Gardening: Giving Up the Blue Stuff

The organic gardening discussion has been going on for decades. Consumer demand has driven the upswing in grocery store produce grown without certain herbicides and pesticides. The availability of organically-grown food is something we take for granted in 2020, but I wonder how many home gardeners have embraced organic practices as the best way toContinue reading “Organic Gardening: Giving Up the Blue Stuff”

Garden Design 101: How Designers Choose Plant Material

Garden design may seem like a mystery for anyone new to gardening. It’s a bit like trying to understand why an interior designer chooses geometric print wallpaper instead of a stripe. When making any type of design decision, it helps to know what you like and what will work for a particular situation. For thisContinue reading “Garden Design 101: How Designers Choose Plant Material”

Deer Don’t Eat Camellias, and Other Lies I’ve Told Myself

I’ve spent years designing flower displays for customers who live in areas where deer are an issue, and there are a number of strategies I use to keep them at bay.  Deer netting, granular and spray repellents, and fencing are all part of the game.  Smart plant choices can help, and more often than not,Continue reading “Deer Don’t Eat Camellias, and Other Lies I’ve Told Myself”