A Boxwood Love Affair

For the first 18 years of my gardening career, I lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For you non-Midwesterners, that’s Zone 5A territory, which in horticultural parlance translates into short, hot summers and long, cold winters. Very long, very cold winters. So … Continue reading

Spring into Fall with Native Perennials

Last summer I spent almost a month touring gardens in Ireland and England, and without a doubt, these were some of the most spectacular landscapes I have ever seen. Garden after garden passed before my eyes, each filled with rich … Continue reading

A Spectacular Addition to the Summer Border

Now here’s a spectacular addition to the summer border: Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’ This cultivar had been growing in the long border for several years, and despite its interesting, caster bean type foliage, it hadn’t made much of an impression on … Continue reading

Heirloom Heresy

I’m about to go way out on the proverbial limb, and say something that may shock a quite a few of you: many heirlooms plants are over-rated. Now this may seem strange from someone whose first book, The New Traditional … Continue reading

Martha Stewart, Me, and a Drunken Beauty

I’ve  just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City, gratefully abandoning the car after four hours of driving in torrential down bursts, to make an equally whirlwind tour of my vegetable garden – that is, before I was … Continue reading