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Jump-Starting New Beginnings

It has been my great pleasure to write here for five years, finding the ways that everything comes together in the garden. From thoughts about finding peace and meditation in the landscape to actual planting and plant advice posting here has been great fun. Sometimes, however, it’s time to start new beds for planting and [...]

The Best of Whole Life Gardening

Which would be, of course, you. The best of Whole Life Gardening is all the people who have followed this blog over the past few years. I am grateful to you beyond measure…and we’ve had fun, haven’t we? Now I’m planting new gardens: a link to that new site will be posted here soon. Today, [...]

A Celebration of the Season

An iPhone camera celebration of fall.

Front Porch Privacy? You Can Grow That!

If you have a front porch that’s a pleasant place to sit, but you’d like just a bit more screening from the street, think plants for porches. By placing selected plants in pots you can create a pleasing display along with just enough of a barrier to provide a separation between street and house without [...]

Birdhouses and Gardens

There is something that is just so perfect about a birdhouse in a garden. Perhaps it’s because such avian dwellings usually look like miniature houses where people might live… if they could fly. Maybe it’s because those who love flowers almost always enjoy birds as well, or it could be that it’s merely the contrast [...]

Independence From Hum-Drum Shade Plantings

You can grow that! For too many years we’ve fallen back on the same old same old for shade: Impatiens. The arrival of Impatiens downy mildew has pulled us out of our comfortable ruts and forced gardeners, homeowners and landscapers to try something new. On this Fourth of July gardeners can declare their independence from [...]

Unattractive Areas in the Landscape

A Gardening Life – June 25 Everyone has them. There are always places in the yard and garden that aren’t finished, are rough and funky, or are simply less than appealing. Sometimes we fence them off and other times we place plants in front of them. Consider, however, that totally screening such areas isn’t always [...]

Stick Screening for the Garden – an idea that worked

A Gardening Life – June 17 Do you have an area that needs screening but you want something that blends into the garden? That was my situation; we have a brush pile and compost area that is necessary but less than attractive. My initial thought was to plant some Emerald Green Arborvitaes in front of [...]

Smart Container Liners

A Gardening Life – May 29 Have you ever planted a large or heavy container in the spring only to wonder how you’re going to save those plants once fall arrives? You might not want to drag such pots or boxes inside, yet you don’t wish to dig the plants out and disturb their roots [...]

Red in the Garden

A Gardening Life – May 19th When it comes to choosing colors for the garden it’s surprising how many people tell me, “I like any color but red.” Maybe the slogan from the Cold War era, better dead than red,  is so deeply embedded that it’s turned millions away from appreciating this hue. I have [...]