hardscape, landscape design, native plants, plant selection

GARDEN DESIGN: Drawing Your Plan

Now that you have a BASIC LANDSCAPE LAYOUT graphed out from last time, you should know where permanent features and plants will be staying.  Time to make final decisions on what goes where for your new do/redo. 1)  Think about the why of it to determine the where.  Clients tell me they want their summer… Continue reading GARDEN DESIGN: Drawing Your Plan

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garden art, garden seating, landscape design, plant selection

Landscape Design-WHERE DO I BEGIN?

We just bought a house and the "landscape" consists of a few trees and a weird assortment of shrubs here and there.  Where should we start? All of us long for a yard out of Southern Living or Architectural Digest.  In reality, most of us inherit something between The Jungle Book and Grapes of Wrath, so… Continue reading Landscape Design-WHERE DO I BEGIN?

garden seating, hardscape, landscape design, lawn care, native plants, organic, plant care, plant selection

“Low-maintenance garden”… an oxymoron?

We just bought a vacation home and need ideas on what types of low-maintenance flowers, bushes, landscaping we can plant. There is no watering system, so the yard and beds must thrive on natural rainfall except for our quarterly visits. Also, how do you prevent 'stick-tites' or kill existing ones?  Jeri in Missouri Maintenance problems… Continue reading “Low-maintenance garden”… an oxymoron?

landscape design, plant selection

Pool problems: my head is swimming trying to decide WHAT to put behind my pool!

Charlene from Texas writes: "Hey, we have a spot behind the pool that gets only a few hours of LATE afternoon, intense sunlight.  Any suggestions?  We have nandina on one side and lorapetalums on the other with wax myrtles behind all. I'd love abelia but hubby thinks that won't get enough sun.  Thanks!" When a… Continue reading Pool problems: my head is swimming trying to decide WHAT to put behind my pool!