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”

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)”

Garden Design 101: Fall and Winter Containers

Containers are a great way to dip your toe into the gardening world.  I see containers as mini gardens that are moveable, inexpensive, and easy to change up when you have a new idea.  The key to container design is to begin with an anchor plant for a bit of height.  In summer, this mightContinue reading “Garden Design 101: Fall and Winter Containers”

“Your Garden Will Reveal Yourself”

(Henry Mitchell) I can’t imagine life without plants. Watching things grow sustains me in a way I don’t understand, but have learned to accept. I didn’t always feel this way.  The garden held no fascination for me as a child, and I generally avoided anything involving weeds or bugs. My grandfather’s impressive vegetable garden wasContinue reading ““Your Garden Will Reveal Yourself””