The Garden Renovation Primer: Moving Established Trees

When renovating an old landscape, almost inevitably you’ll be faced with the issue of what to do with established plantings. On one hand large trees and shrubs add a dignity and grace to a property that is almost impossible to … Continue reading

The Garden Renovation Primer: Evolution

My grandfather’s mantra was: plan twice, plant once. As it turns out, that wasn’t quite accurate. In reality, it’s plan, plan more, replan, and plan again, and keep planning until the garden you’re searching for finally emerges from the design. … Continue reading

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The Great Fall Scavenger Hunt

If you’re like me, right about now you are casting a fairly critical eye around your landscape. Of course there are still all those wonderful fruits and vegetables to harvest, and many flowers are still going strong, but September is … Continue reading

Garden Refreshers

My grandfather used to say that anybody could garden in the automatic abundance of June: it was the rest of the year that tested the gardener’s mettle. This is especially true in August, when the heady display of spring and … Continue reading

Weed Barrels

This isn’t a sexy subject, but it’s a very practical one: weed barrels. Yesterday it was 103º in my garden, and for me at least, that doesn’t inspire much desire for working outdoors. But even on the very hottest, or … Continue reading

Gravel Walks & Drives

Perhaps it was all that public television I watched as a child – the endless parade of British murder mysteries and historical dramas that somehow always managed to feature a large country house and garden, with what to me at … Continue reading

Perfect for Shade – Hosta ‘Praying Hands’

There was a lot of interest in my last column about shade gardening, which reminded me: a couple of months back, the good folks from Scotts were looking for a gardening project to support in Boston, and I recommended the … Continue reading

Shade Gardening 101

Mention the world shade, and average gardener’s brow will start to furrow, already calculating ways to escape the dark menace. That’s really a shame, for while gardening in the shade often presents a number of challenges – poor soil, competition … Continue reading