Simple Pairings for Beautiful Blooms

I fell hard for flowering shrubs during my first spring in the South. There is no doubt that the spring and summer borders of shocking-pink azaleas and voluptuous hydrangeas I saw around town led to my obsession with all things flowering. When I lived in the Midwest I was perhaps too preoccupied with the worriesContinue reading “Simple Pairings for Beautiful Blooms”

How an Idea Became a Book About Gardening and Happiness

I’ve spent the last few years writing a book. In all honesty, this wasn’t something I set out to do. I never wanted to be a published writer, though I do have a degree in Journalism from a fine school, where I imagined I might have a career writing advertising copy. Like many who graduatedContinue reading “How an Idea Became a Book About Gardening and Happiness”

Snails, Slugs, and Things That Go Bump in the Night

As Halloween came and went this year, I found myself considering the cast of creepy crawly things and four-legged nocturnal creatures that roam our gardens while we sleep. The sound of my metal compost bucket being turned over in the night no longer startles me. It is likely a possum, raccoon, or possibly a ratContinue reading “Snails, Slugs, and Things That Go Bump in the Night”

Designing with Plants that Like Wet Feet

Most people would feel disappointment once they realize that part of their yard is a mud pit after a rainstorm. Not me. I like a challenge. After living in my new home for a year or so, I noticed that part of an unplanted border was consistently damp. Rain would puddle in this area andContinue reading “Designing with Plants that Like Wet Feet”

Get Out in the Garden with Your Kids This Fall

As we look toward what will certainly be an atypical winter, I have been thinking about what I might plant this fall if I had small children at home. By the time February arrives, I suspect we will all be looking for any excuse to get out of the house on a sunny day. ItContinue reading “Get Out in the Garden with Your Kids This Fall”

Abelia, You’ve Stolen My Heart

There was a brief moment this summer when I felt like my childhood self, fully present, watching butterflies float around me, listening to the birds, and feeling the dappled sunlight on my face. I was sitting in the middle of a path lined with abelias, a plant that I have fallen in love with. InContinue reading “Abelia, You’ve Stolen My Heart”

Celebrate the Fall Season with Easy Container Plantings

After a long, hot summer in the South, I breathe a sigh of relief when temperatures finally drop into the seventies. This means I can once again spend long hours in my garden, moving plants, planting the last of cool season vegetables, and getting those chores done that I have put off since August.  ItContinue reading “Celebrate the Fall Season with Easy Container Plantings”

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”