Q: What do you do when you don’t have “in-the-ground” garden space but want to include large scale tree succulents or large scale succulents? A: Containers! A large, suitably sized container won’t offend a large succulent, even if it does constrict its root growth a bit; it’s not a problem.
I realized recently that many people (even those that like to garden) view gardening as a chore at times and not something wonderful. Though it can be very physical work (a bonus for getting in amazing shape), it can also be very zen, no matter what part of it you are doing. First, here’s the chore thing, and what not to do: Don’t look at gardening as a to do list item…
There are way too many front lawns in arid climates! A recent road trip to Los Angeles and surrounding areas (quintessential arid); and, an earlier spring trip to San Diego really brought that point home to me.
Ever heard of a G ART EN? Me neither; I just made it up. But, if there was ever a modern garden that blended art & plants to create one, I found it in Beverly Hills, and it blew me away!
Perfect! We were able to create a separate zone that matched the watering needs of the shadier area by using a battery operated timer…
A friend new to gardening asked me for information about how to pot plants in containers. I thought that I would answer her here, so that you and others, could get some basic step-by-step info. Summary: To get started, the main activity is rounding up, or purchasing a container of your choosing; setting out the plants to plant, (single or a multiple plants); having potting soil ready to go; having screen/pottery chard ready to go; having slow release fertilizer ready to go; having a mulch,
I was talking to a friend this past weekend about how when you love working with something, you always have a favorite “du jour. Or at least I do…In the context of plants and planting, I’m focused on using more succulents in design, both in containers and in the ground. It’s not just because they are ‘lifestyle plants.’
Plants, if you let them, function in garden design like a small business owner wearing many hats. Plants can act as:
Architectural structure, emphasize the three dimensional quality of your garden, give linear perspective, divide your garden into areas – and that’s just the beginning…
Would your new fence make you even happier if it was covered in vines? Or maybe one side of your garden has a bare wall that is not that aesthetically pleasing and would be less so if it were donned a flowering trumpet vine?
The growth habit of many of the best vines for flowering and greening up a wall, fence or any flat surface requires some kind of structure to support them so that they can ascend vertically and horizontally.