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|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on May 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
When I first read about Davidia trees, I was immediately fascinated. Imagine finding something that satisfied both my love of flowering trees and my love of unusual plants! It seemed the perfect choice for the long shade border I was creating across my backyard.
So, when I found a Davidia involucrata at an end-of-season s...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on May 7, 2013 at 10:50 PM||comments (3)|
May is the month of “spring fever”, with plants for sale at every conceivable location from grocery to hardware store. It’s impossible to resist a six-pack of blooming pansies or a billowy hydrangea, and I have been known to buy plants wherever I go, whether it’s a quick trip to the grocery store or a vacation in Seattle.Read Full Post »
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on April 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
I was astounded by the beauty of the container plantings at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Penn. Although it was only mid-April, there were dozens of richly planted pots throughout the garden. The containers themselves ranged from formal urns to terracotta, glazed ceramics and modern metals. Many were grouped or strategically placed to enhance the garden's design. I hope th...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on April 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM||comments (0)|
To my family's chagrin, I always manage to find a nursery or public garden wherever our travels take us. So last week, when my daughter's college visit took us to the suburbs of Philadelphia, I was delighted to find that we were in the vicinity of the famous Chanticleer garden in Wayne, PA.
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|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on April 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on April 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
As a garden designer, one of the questions that I’m often asked is “What can I plant in the shade that the deer won’t eat?” We all know that while hostas may be gorgeous and highly collectible, they are also a tantalizing “salad bar” for grazing deer. Pulmonarias, with their eye-catching foliage and ea...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on March 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM||comments (1)|
After a long, snowy winter, I can't wait to fill my containers with spring blooms! Here are some ideas for fun spring container plantings.
Above: Violas, creeping jenny and heart-shaped stones adorn a small wire basket welcoming visitors to a lovely private oasis.
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|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on March 12, 2013 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on February 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
When you are designing your garden for winter interest, think of yourself as a set designer. Unlike spring and summer, when the garden goes through many scene changes, the winter stage does not change rapidly. The overall composition is a static one, but it will not be boring if you incorporate the basic principles of design: form, line, color, repetition an...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on February 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
I have always admired bloodtwig dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) for its colorful contribution to the winter garden. During a recent visit to Tower Hill, I fell in love with a new cultivar of this wonderful plant – ‘Midwinter Fire’. This outstanding ornamental shrub features stems that are yellow at the base, igniting to shades of...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on February 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
Hellebores have fascinated me ever since I saw huge swaths of them blooming in a Washington, DC botanic garden 12 years ago. I started with a few plants in one garden bed, and as they faithfully returned year after year, I added more varieties, began dividing my own plants, and growing on seedlings in nursery beds. At this time of year, though, I realize that I...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on January 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
Beautiful landscapes, water gardens, thousands of flowers thematically arranged, advice on topics from growing orchids to designing your garden with native plants. It's flower show season in New England. If you're looking to chase the winter blues away, four wonderful flower shows offer a respite from our chilly gray winter days. Each sh...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on January 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
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The garden can be a magical place - even in winter! Stripped of summer foliage and flowers, the success of a winter garden lies in its structure, basic design and choice of plant material. This richly illustrated lecture provides inspiration and tips on designing your garden for winter interest, choosing the best t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Enchanted Gardens on January 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
January and February are the toughest months for gardeners with snow, ice, and bitter, cold winds making forays into the garden unpleasant. An afternoon spent in a warm, lushly planted greenhouse is a welcome respite from our New England winter. So call one of your gardening friends and make a date to visit one of our local gardens und...Read Full Post »