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, and in 2021 the availability of organically-grown food is something we take for granted. While it is easy to pick up that container of organic strawberries to add to your morning yogurt, I wonder how many home gardeners have embraced organic practices as the bestContinue 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

There is nothing more heart-breaking than walking through your garden with a glass of wine at the end of a long workday, and realizing that all of those exotic-looking lilies you lovingly planted as bulbs in the fall are toast. Gone. Every bud and bloom devoured. It’s a common problem in the South, and asContinue reading “Deer Don’t Eat Camellias, and Other Lies I’ve Told Myself”

January Beauty

Lenten Rose, or Helleborus, is a winter-flowering beauty that should be included in every garden with a shady spot. With evergreen leaves and nodding flowers in shades ranging from pure white to deepest purple, Lenten rose blooms typically emerge in late January in the South, and often persist until late April. They prefer good gardenContinue reading “January Beauty”

Thinking Outside the Box(wood)

Winter is the perfect time to look at your landscape with fresh eyes. If you have shrubs flanking your front door, or along your sidewalk, that are in need of an update, consider tackling this project while temperatures are cool, from January through March. In the South, planting shrubs in cool weather is a goodContinue reading “Thinking Outside the Box(wood)”