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Plants in My New Landscape Design

After living in my house for 10 years, I decided to do a yard renovation. I removed the existing foundation plants and completed a new landscape design. Read on to learn about some of the plants I chose.

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ Fall Color

Royal Purple Fall Color

I chose a variety of plants for the purple foliage. Loropetalum ‘Daruma’, Distylium ‘Cinnamon Girl’, and Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ all have seasonal shades of purple in their leaves. I created a cohesive design by repeating these colors throughout the garden. Continue reading Plants in My New Landscape Design

Spring Planted Bulbs that I Want

I grew up working with my Grandmother in her garden in Virginia.  She had grown up on a tobacco farm in Tennessee and had an amazing capacity for yard work.  The two of us planted hundreds of daffodils – in her opinion they were the best bulb – deer resistant, perennial, and no maintenance.  Over the years I’ve planted hundreds more daffodils – both for myself and our clients, during the fall.  However, I don’t have much experience with bulbs that you plant in the spring.  I decided it was time to learn about these plants – read on to learn more.

Hedychium sp.

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Plants to Include in a Tea Garden

Last fall, I was sitting around the kitchen table having tea with my sister. We decided to take a tour of my garden and identify plants that I can make tea from. Read on to learn about which plants I plan to use for tea.
Camellia sinensis (Fall Blooming Camellia) and Dried Tea Leaves

The first plant that jumped out was one of my Camellias. Camellia sinensis leaves and leaf buds are a nice choice for homemade tea. If you like Oolong tea, try making this.

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Two Plants I Added to My Garden This Year and Why I Chose Them

I started planting my garden in 2009 and over the last nine years I’ve used up most of the open space available. At this point any plant that gets added has to be pretty special to make it the cut in my limited remaining space. This year I had the opportunity to add two new shrubs, and I selected Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ and Chamecyparis ‘Kosteri’. Read on to learn why.

Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ – Purple Smokebush

Purple Smokebush

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2 Plants I’ve Been Impressed By – A Native Tree and a Non Native Perennial

Every plant looks great when it’s shown in a catalog, and most plants look pretty great at the garden center when they are receiving tons of care and attention. However, as someone who has gardened for over a decade I’ve learned that lots of great looking plants can fail once installed in the landscape – especially my landscape where I expect them to thrive on neglect! Read on to learn about two plants that have taken a licking and kept on ticking in my yard.

Nyssa sylvatica – Black Gum

Nyssa sylvatica – Black Gum

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Three Successful Plants in my Butterfly Garden

I planted a garden space almost three years ago dedicated to attracting butterflies. My plants provide food, shelter, and a place to reproduce. Read on to learn about three successful plants I used and why.

My Butterfly Garden and Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly Feeding on Lantana
LantanaOne stellar plant for this space is Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff’. This plant gets quite large and loaded with a variety of butterflies. Lantana ‘Miss Huff’ is a perennial that offers nectar all summer and fall until the first hard frost. I’ve seen monarchs feeding on it in as late as October as they are migrating south. Continue reading Three Successful Plants in my Butterfly Garden

Museum of Life and Science Herb Garden

Walkway of Museum Garden

I’m always on the hunt for interesting new planting combinations and garden features, especially those that lend themselves to residential scale landscape design. It’s easy to be inspired by magazine photos of estate gardens which have been professionally designed, installed, and maintained, but that type of garden is outside the reach of most people. So, when I find a garden space that I think really works, I like to examine it closely, to see what I can learn and apply in my own designs. Read on to learn about one such space – the new herb garden at the Museum of Life and Science. Continue reading Museum of Life and Science Herb Garden