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Planning Fabulous Fall Combinations

Stop what you’re doing for a moment, look out of the window, and take a long, hard look at your fall garden.  What do you see? I’m sure there are individual trees or shrubs that are breathtaking, but are they shown off to their best advantage? Do they read as random sparks here and there,…

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Fall Clean Up for Lazy Gardeners

I refuse to be a slave to my garden, which is why I designed it to be low maintenance; employing a variety of strategies to select plants that were both reliably easy care and suited to the space I had planned for them. Yet, there’s no denying that even for me, fall is a busy…

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September Successes: planned and serendipitous

I’ve admitted already that this year my garden adventures have been more misadventures; moments here and there with little time, budget or frankly incentive as other priorities took center stage. Thank goodness nature – and serendipity often make up for my lackluster attempts! I went out into the garden with my camera just now to…

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Short Term Groundcovers for Hot, Dry, Deer-Prone Areas

Generally I’m not a huge fan of groundcovers. While they do suppress weeds they also prevent me adding soil amendments such as compost and in some case they are downright thugs, covering every spare inch of ground and smothering everything in sight! Some of those thugs are also very difficult to remove as they grow…

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Life and Gardening After Slugopocalypse

Anyone else feel as though this year has got away from them? In theory, my garden should be magnificent this year since I haven’t been traveling. Somehow that’s not my reality. Between a biblical plague of slugs that is STILL ongoing, crazy wet weather in spring (summer didn’t even start until about a week ago)…

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A Garden to Grow Into

It was the all too familiar scenario; a charming new home with a small, non-functional back garden. With a patio barely big enough to accommodate the BBQ and a lawn that was saturated for much of the year there was nowhere to sit and enjoy a family meal, let alone a spot for a child…

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On Trial For You: 8 New Deer-Resistant Shrubs

I’m always excited to see new plants come on the market that offer a new color, shape or size from existing varieties. Yet so often I am faced with the reality that I can’t grow them here because of the deer. (And yes those darn rabbits too). Feel the same way? Well I’ve got some…

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My #1 Deer-Resistant Perennial; Arkansas blue star

Yes I know you’re thinking of summer annuals and fragrant roses. It’s almost June! Yet now is the time to plan for the best ever fall display; in about three years time! Let me tell you about why Arkansas blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii) is the best perennial I’ve ever grown. (Hint: it’s not about the…

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Armchair Garden Tours

This is the time of year when we would usually be out and about visiting gardens large and small, public and private. Yet even as travel restrictions are slowly being eased around the world, most gardening events have been canceled and the majority of public gardens are still closed. I personally had been looking forward…

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