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

An Embarrassment of Riches

One of my favorite times of year has arrived again: oriental lily season. Other than perhaps German iris, there is really no other flower in the entire gardening palette that makes such a spectacular cut flower, and without exception, none … 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

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

Variegated Wonders

If I were to tell you that there were a neglected group of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that could provide excellent color to even the dreariest corner of your landscape, would you be interested? If I were further to … Continue reading

Designing with Brick

Every since I was a little boy, I’ve had a fascination with bricks. I know this may sound a bit strange, but it’s true. While other kids were entertaining themselves with board games or erector sets, I could usually be … Continue reading

Ghosts in the Garden

Spring has sprung here in Boston, and with the recent advent of warm weather, the phone is merrily ringing  (thankfully!) here in my office, with clients calling to set up design appointments, eager to get started with landscape renovations. And … Continue reading

Designing the Garden: Fences, Hedges and Screen Plantings

Part Three of an Occasional Series on Tips for Designing the Home Landscape As spring rolls finally rolls around here in Boston, and people start to spend more time outdoors enjoying the fine weather, my clients inevitably ask me about … Continue reading

Designing Your Landscape: The Great American Lawn

Part Two of an Occasional Series on Tips for Designing the Home Landscape There exists a curious phenomenon in our country found in few others around the world: The mania for the perfect, weed-free Great American Lawn. The word mania … Continue reading