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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 8

Look at your landscape as the sun sets. Where does the light fall? If there is a place on your property that […]

Color Conversations

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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – June 14

One aspect of garden design is creating ways for the colors of plants to have conversations. When we put plants together we […]

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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – February 8

Every once in awhile I open a folder on my desktop that is labeled “core beliefs/values.” I don’t know about you, but […]

Designing For Expansion and Restraint

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 23

The title of this post seems like a contradiction, but hear me out. We have a narrow lot. Although the total isn’t small by Cape Cod standards, the overall property is long and thin. This shape presents several challenges when it comes to garden design.

One of the […]

15 Things I Hate About Your Yard – #15

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – December 28

Good design is always a plus, but a garden should have just a bit more, I think. Most people have at least some personal touches inside their houses, for example. Why not outside?

Even a landscape that is designed by others can contain groups of plants, containers, ornaments […]

15 Things I Hate About Your Yard – #7

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – December 18

Plants in Bondage!

Some plants are sturdy and grow upright, and some do not. Not much news there, right? So why do we humans think that they should all be vertical, not to mention tidy? When a plant sprawls, what response do people have? They bring out the […]

15 Things I Hate About Your Yard – #4

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – December 15

Narrow Beds

Whoever coined the saying that “you can’t be too rich or too thin” isn’t a gardener. Gardens are certainly better if they are full and abounding…almost impossible if the beds are too skinny. In the landscape, more is more.

Many people create beds and borders that […]

15 Things I Hate About Your Yard – #3

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – December 14

Twos.

I usually hate them.

Unless you’re using two plants to frame something else, don’t do it. Two shrubs on either side of the front entry? Fine. Placing two perennials on either side a birdbath? Acceptable, if not very imaginative. Two plants stuck in the same bed, side […]

15 Things I Hate About Your Yard – #2

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – December 13

Too Many Tiny Elements

The second thing I dislike about some landscapes is a scattering of lots of small things. Small plants, small ornaments, and small house components. All of this tiny stuff blends together to form a busy background of little noise. The problem with such landscapes […]

The Best Plant For The Job

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – October 23

As gardeners we’re often presented with visual problems. Faced with electric meters, irrigation equipment, or large asphalt driveways we contemplate our choices: cover up, cleverly disguise, or divert attention away from the difficulty.

Each situation may demand its own solution, and often people turn to plants. “What can […]