There are times when you need to look for alternative planting options because living plants aren’t really the best choice. But artificial plants? What the heck could possibly make you think of using fake plants…
If you like tough perennials, Coreopsis is all that and more! This genus is known for its vigorous daisy flowers: they are bright, cheery and either shades of yellow or red. The species, Coreopsis verticillata – (a.k.a Threadleaf coreopsis) pictured here, is an excellent choice for the sunny garden.
For the border or for containers, these architecturally bold plants are worth knowing – particularly if you live in Zones 9 – 11. One of the nice things about this genus is that the taller growing ones; Cordyline australis and its’many cultivars, make excellent palm-like trees, taking up little space in the small garden but giving you that exotic, tropical feel.
One of the best ways to get privacy from your neighbors, or to screen unwanted views is to plant a hedge. But which shrubs make the best screens? If you have a small garden, I’d like to steer you in a direction that cuts down your overwhelm:
Don’t miss it. The 2018 spring wildflowers are out and they are a lot of fun to spot. The other day I enjoyed a Marin headlands hike cruising up some trails in Tennessee Valley. I was pleasantly surprised to find over 12 different wildflowers, a few I still have no idea what they are. If you like discovering wildflowers and hiking here’s a photo illustration of my recent findings.
Taking a walk along the Hudson River in lower Manhattan on a beautiful New York summer day can’t be beat! The expansive beauty with miles of path system is an extraordinary and delightful buffer from the city’s urban concrete jungle. It’s amazing in all seasons. In this post I’m going to be focusing on the […]
One of the best plants for summer flowers is the hydrangea. This plant has about 23 species of shrubs, climbers and small trees, and are largely natives of East Asia and both North and South America. In this post I’m going to be talking specifically about ‘the shrub Hydrangea with mop-headed flowers…
If you’re reading this today it’s January 1, 2018: Happy New Year and I hope for you a lovely start to 365 days of gardening opportunities. I’m thinking with a full year ahead of us, sky is the limit as to what can be done in your garden, it’s just mapping it out, and going for it.
Do you have a favorite time of year? I do, and right now it’s A U T U M N. Actually, I always get excited when the end of summer rolls in… It’s just a matter of time before the leaves begin turning and the light changes. Plus, people’s priorities change, kids go back to […]
With the right conditions you can grow lemons in containers, or you can grow them in the ground. If you give a lemon plenty of sun – protection from the wind – protection from winter frost, then there’s a variety for you!