The Glorious Sunflower – The Fourth Sister

I have written about the Native Americans’ Three Sisters Garden (corn, beans and squash ) but I neglected to tell you of the Fourth Sister… a very important member of this family! This is from Hubpages: “Fourth Sister, didn’t look anything like her other sisters, although she was as tall and as slender as First […]

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 […]

Cottage Garden Primer

I once worked with a lovely client ( now a dear friend!) who wanted a cottage-style flower garden. Now there are cottage gardens and then there are cottage gardens…know what I mean? In Great Britain, it seems everyone has the most magnificent flower garden, each more spectacular than the next… their lushness sets a standard […]

Beautify Your Vegetable Garden with These Ideas…..

The French have long understood that vegetable gardens can be places of beauty. They located their traditional potagers, or kitchen gardens, outside their kitchen windows and included vertical structures, flowers, and artistic plant groupings designed for aesthetic appeal. Flowers look beautiful and attract the all important pollinators to your garden. Read the wonderful article I […]

Add a Lively Red Accent in Your Landscape

Bold. Bright. Pop. This is what RED adds to a garden. RED, an eye catching hue, stands up to the summer sun’s withering glare in the afternoon. When all pastels fade away, red, orange and yellow sing their hearts out….and RED always steals the show. RED has a vivid history – Check it out on […]

Beautiful Foolishness of Things – The Book of Tea

‘Too little tea’ is a Japanese expression that refers to a person too busy to stop and smell the roses. From ‘The Book of Tea’: The heaven of modern humanity is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power. The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought […]