Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Adding color and texture without changing flower bed size.

Jolliff Residence before new plantings

Below I designed with more color, texture, color in the leaves and more evergreen plants for the winter. Extra color was added with summer pots. All of this was done with minimal change to the flower bed size.

In the above photo there are Heuchera (Coral Bells) and Ophiopogon (Black Mondo Grass) and below there are Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass), and Hardy Geranium - variety 'Rozanne'.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Flowers and Hummingbirds

I love having Hummingbirds in the garden.  One of my favorite plants to use are the hardy upright fuchsias.  Most folks have seen lots of hanging baskets with Fuchisas, but may not know that we can grow them in the ground as well.

Some varieties to try are 'Rufus', for a strong upright plant with Red flowers, 'Chillerton Beauty' for medium size (2 1/2-3')plant with purple and pink flowers,' Mrs. Poppel' for a medium size plant with red and purple flowers, 'White Knight's Pearl' for a large plant up to 4' with light pink flowers,' Genie' for a gold leafed medium plant variety with red and purple flowers.

Plant them an extra 2-4" deep as they will root out from the stems and be protected in the winter, ready to come back again from the ground after a hard frost, or they may not die back much and will get new leaves on the same stems.  They bloom all summer long up until frost.
You can cut off the ugly stems in winter or wait until you see where the new growth is starting in spring. 
Plant a fuchsia or two this summer and enjoy!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

For winter interest, here is one idea from my garden.  Evergreen Iris foetidissima paired with Epimedium  versicolor sulphureum is one of my favorites for a dry shade garden.  The Epimedium leaves turn reddish in the winter to make a great contrast.  In the spring, the Epimedium will have yellow flowers.

Tim Timmerman is a fun colorful person! This year he decided that it was time to remove the ivy in his backyard and compose a garden of delight to view from his home and to relax in.  With" Designing on the spot", we talked about what plants would work, purchased, and placed them. Tim used his artistic touch with his door and chairs as you see below!

After his installation

Some summer growth

Tim's color!

Tim's pagoda

Monday, December 12, 2011

From the healing side of Gardens

A routine task of taking the dog outside became a beautiful gift.  Walking past the shop in my back yard, with my nose tingling from the crisp morning air, came my first noticing.  My eyes were already downward-focused because I was deep in thought.  A brown maple leaf sparkled and shimmered in the light as if covered in bits of cut diamonds.  I moved my head back and forth to get the full shimmering effect.  I became present to this picture and to the moment.

My gaze lifted and took in more beauty.  The lawn had become white with the blades of grass all erect as if each had been individually dipped in snowflake powder!

I kept going to see what else I might find.

The marionberry leaves seemed quilted in appearance.  They were rounded, puffy, and white with deeply stitched veins of green.

I lingered and took long slow breaths to allow these pictures to sink into my soul, extremely grateful for these small, beautiful gifts.  Beauty feeds my soul!  These moments continued to feed my soul for several days whenever they came to mind.

Monday, November 14, 2011

How would you like to give a gift to someone who wants to work on their garden? I'm available to assist, design, coach, or advise by the hour. I've created a Gift certificate that you can print and give to the garden-lover in your life. You can purchase hourly increments, at $35/hour, and either prepay me with a check, or arrange with the recipient to pay when they are ready to redeem.

Take a look at the Gift certificate and consider whether there is someone in your life who would enjoy such a gift!