Category Archives: It ain’t garden science

Perfect Harmony

I define “perfect harmony” in the landscape as such: when plant materials accent, compliment and feed into the architecture and character of the house. I found “perfect harmony” this weekend when I traveled up to Stillwater, MN.  The Victorian, slightly traditional facade of this home was highlighted by the mixture of Annabelle Hydrangeas and creeping Junipers. Perfect. Have

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So you say you want a path….to where?

Yearly I’ll have customers request pathways during our design consultation. “Where do you want the path?” I’ll ask. “From the deck to the patio.” they’ll say. or “Oh…from the frontyard to the backyard”. “Really? Do you walk this way quite a bit?” I’ll ask. “Well…sometimes” they’ll answer. Here’s my suggestion~wear a tread in the lawn first.

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Armeria…from the bloom to the grass tuff

The Armeria packed a hellova punch this year. This year the flowers lasted at least a month!  Couldn’t believe it!  There are a couple different varieties of Armeria but they are a great addition to any bed edge border. But once the flowers are spent…what’s a girl to do? Usually I tell people not to bother with

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I can be lazy too

Admittingly I can be lazy.  Lazy in the sense of garden grunting.  Last year when I worked to remove all the grass along the foundation for our planting beds….I failed to install the mulch in a timely manner.  And this is what I’ve got now: Grass is sprouting up almost everywhere!  I’ve already done my do-diligence and

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Boycott Home Depot~Take 2

I was really hot yesterday about Home Depot’s genius decision to start stocking trees and small shrubs.  I could barely communicate to you the blatant fact that the quality of their trees was almost laughable….in the sense of  “I just can’t believe it”….laughable. I’ve heard of “topping trees”.  I’ve seen the horrid result of such actions, but

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Garden Gruntin’

I’m not sure how you garden, but I grunt a lot.  Not because the load is heavy, or I’m having a hard time getting down in the dirt (although that sometimes is the case), my grunts generally come subconsciously while I’m contemplating my next garden move. Sometimes I’ve gotta get down and dirty to figure

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