The Garden in Autumn

Once again, late autumn settles into my garden like a weary old man into his favorite chair. It’s a quiet time, a comfortable time, certainly not hectic like spring, nor showy like summer – more a season to contemplate the … Continue reading

Garden in a Pot

Earlier this spring I was shopping for plants at the nursery, and came across a wonderful selection of  (mostly) tender succulents being sold as annuals. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with these little guys, but … Continue reading

Alliums

These days is rare to find the smallest garden that doesn’t include at least a few early spring bulbs, even if  the selection is limited to several clumps of  daffodils, crocus, tulips or hyacinths. But when it comes to the … Continue reading

Victorian Bedding Schemes

Few people realize that gardening is as much driven by current fashion as are most other aspects of popular culture. Take annuals for instance. You can hardly move about the nursery these days without bumping into some newly discovered or … Continue reading

Building A Rock Garden

One of the great things about working in design is that you get a chance to experience a wide range of mediums, far greater than you would ever have in even the most ample single garden. Recently I was called … Continue reading

Outdoor Living Areas

To my way of thinking, a relaxing, well-designed terrace or patio is the most important feature of the entire back yard. It’s here, after all, that you get to reap the rewards of all that hard labor – hours spent … Continue reading

Four Quick Lessons in Garden Design

Several years ago my sister Cindy and I traveled to England. We passed a few delightful days in London, then went down to Dorset to spend a week at a small inn that specializes in garden tours. The setting was … Continue reading

Patience

Gardening is a field in which patience generally yields high reward. Unfortunately for me, waiting has never been my strong suit; as a child of the electronic age, anything less than immediate gratification seems unendurably long. Strangely, my salvation outdoors … Continue reading

Garden Surprises

By their very nature, gardens hold surprises.  Many are not so pleasant, like the about to flower clematis I discovered one morning last week cruelly carried off by a late frost. Most however, are delightful, especially when completely unexpected. Here’s … Continue reading

The Irresistible Iris

In many ways, I owe my gardening career to tall bearded iris. This may sound strange, but it’s true. These iris were my grandfather’s passion: he adored the plant, and as I adored my grandfather, it soon became clear that … Continue reading