Buttercup Winterhazel – An Early Spring Fragrant tree

What blooms earlier than forsythia, has a delicate fragrance and is an easy-to-care for compact delight ? It is also hardy to USDA Zones 6-9 and native to Japan and Taiwan. Buttercup winterhazel (Corylopsis pauciflora) Toward mid April (depending where you live), the bare branches of buttercup winterhazel hang with inch-long clusters of soft yellow […]

Hip Hip Hooray for Rose Hips

Allow your roses to form hips. Did you know that, like many plants that produce fruit, the formation of rose hips is a signal to the rose to go dormant for the season? Rose hips provide wonderful color in the garden and are a good source of vitamin C for birds in the fall and […]

Speaking with Earth Spirits

Speaking with Earth Spirits Deep down, in the warmth of the fecund earth, the spirits sing songs of life. Hoping we hear, they inhale and exhale along with the seasons. Now, in the cool days of November, they sing to us of rest and replenishment and ask us to be calm. The time has come […]

October Glory in the Garden

In my part of the world – New York State – October is when Mother Nature shines. The days are shorter, the sun is low in the sky, but the weather stays warm enough for the flowering plants to hang on. I design and install gardens with October in mind because it is now when […]

Verbena Bonariensis – Verbena on a Stick

Verbena Bonariensis is tall and airy and one of my fave flowers. It blooms like crazy all summer into fall. I plant it next to walls and fences for a stunning effect. Here I mixed it with white cosmos – purple and white is such a great garden combination. The lavender clusters are held high […]